Dalkeith Horse Trials (1): 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 17 – Sunday 18 April 2015

    Organiser: Bruce Edward
    Contact: 07831 447566; bruce@richardedward.co.uk
    Location: Midlothian

    Entries open: 13 March
    Ballot date: 27 March at 12 noon
    Entries close: 8 April

    Link to Dalkeith (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/dalkeith1

    How to get there

    Postcode EH22 2NA. From the Edinburgh city bypass Sherriffhall roundabout follow the A68 (Jedburgh) to the centre of Dalkeith. Then follow signs for the horse trials.

    What the organisers say

    Dalkeith is set in the beautiful Buccleuch estate five miles from Edinburgh city centre and is easily accessible for riders and spectators alike.

    The dressage is set in front of the Mansion House, which provides a spectacular and unusual backdrop. The showjumping and main hub for the event is on adjacent ground, served by good hard tracks with ample parking for all.

    Cross-country is a 5min walk and we now have new ground which provides full distance flowing tracks.

    Our new course-designer, David Evans, brings new ideas and has already designed the new water complex, which is completed and ready for 2015. Permanent all-weather tracks have also already been finished to link the new ground.

    Spectators will be able to see large parts of the cross-country from various vantage points. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an exciting event.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage and showjumping are held in good, flat arenas with plenty of warm-up.”

    Cross-country — “Brilliant, solid jumps, but the course was only held in one field [see organisers’ comments].” “It’s also quite flat with no hills.” “I’d hope to see the cross-country held over a larger area next year, but a good first attempt.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014 (some sections cancelled)

    ON: 92%
    N: 67%
    BE100U18: 93%
    BE100: 81%
    BE90: 88%
    BE80(T): 80%

    Download part one of the horse trials guide for just £1.49: Eventing horse trials guide part one

    Buy Eventing magazine’s March issue for our full horse trials guide detailing every event from March to June 2015 or purchase a digital copy of the guide here. The second half of the guide will be in our April issue (on sale 20 March) and online to buy digitally after publication