Buckminster Horse Trials: what riders need to know [H&H VIP]

  • Get the lowdown on this fixture from Eventing magazine's horse trials guide — including what riders say about the event, plus vital statistics

    Date: Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 July 2015

    Organisers: Kate Letchford and Harry Park
    Contact: 01845 587225; 07989 659490; kate@buckminsterparkode.co.uk;
    Location: Lincolnshire

    Entries open: 5 June
    Ballot date: 19 June at 12 noon
    Entries close: 1 July

    Link to Buckminster entries: www.britisheventing.com/buckminster

    How to get there

    Eight miles south of Grantham off the B676. Grid reference SK875225; postcode NG33 5SD (then follow the signs).

    What the organisers say

    Buckminster Park is the home of the Tollemache family, who are hugely supportive of the event. Dressage and showjumping are all on the lower part of the park and very well presented by our international course-builder David Cole. The arenas are flat with plenty of space for all activities.

    The cross-country course includes a climb up the hill early on, with a wide variety of solid and inviting fences including steps, water and the famous Buckminster Bounce for the novices. All of the more challenging fences have an alternative and so — we hope — make the courses suitable for first-timers at both BE100 and novice.

    The ground in the lower park can be firm in a prolonged dry spell, but now with the new machinery and Team Herbert I think we can be confident of good going.

    We have an excellent team of friendly and efficient stewards and judges at our charity event.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Plenty of space for warming up and good, well-spaced arenas.” “The showjumping is in a super arena with good courses. It was firm in the warm-up arena this time.” “The arenas are level.”

    Cross-country — “A super location with good old turf. The courses are educational and inviting. The bounce near the end in the novice was strong enough.” “Would suit first-timers and the ground is better out on the course than the warm-up.” “Straightforward courses and not overly big. The water is spooky, but otherwise good.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ONU18: 66%
    BE100 Open:

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