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 22 – Sunday 23 August 2015
Entries open: 17 July
Ballot date: 31 July at 12 noon
Entries close: 12 August
Link to Cumwinton entries: www.britisheventing.com/cumwinton
How to get there
Grid reference NY448526. Cumwhinton is one mile off junction 42 of the M6.
What the organisers say
2014 was our 10-year anniversary and we invested in upgrading the cross-country course, which runs in reverse for 2015.
The dressage arenas are on flat, permanent grassland in a quiet field on the edge of the event showground. The warm-up is spacious and also on flat grassland. The showjumping is sited in an 80x90m grass arena adjacent to the tradestand area and lorry parking.
The cross-country runs over free-draining, undulating grassland in a picturesque setting. Full ground preparation will be undertaken as necessitated by the weather. The fences are all solidly built and are both permanent and portable at all levels. The courses boast a variety of questions, including a bank, steps, a ditch-and-rail combination and an impressive 25x40m water complex to suit all levels as there are alternatives.
What the riders say
Dressage & showjumping — “The ground was good all day with good grass cover everywhere.” “The dressage arenas were flat and all close together, not strung out over lots of different fields.” “There was plenty of working-in space.” “The dressage was far enough away from everything to be quiet enough.” “The showjumping is held in a nice flat arena near the tradestands where everyonecould sit and watch, but it didn’t seem to affect the horses at all.” “Decent-sized course but perhaps not for first-timers.” “The course flowed nicely.”
Cross-country — “The course was friendly and inviting, but up to height so I wouldn’t suggest it as a first BE100.” “The going was super and it didn’t cut up even towards the end of the day.” “Towards the end of the course, there is a slightly trickier combination so you need to keep your wits about you.” “There are enough questions to catch people out and it is quite testing.”
Percentage of cross-country clears 2014
BE100 Open: 82%
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