Eden Valley Horse Trials (2): what riders need to know *H&H VIP*

  • Date: Saturday 3 — Sunday 4 October 2015

    Organisers: Douglas and Lucinda Weymouth
    Contact: 01931 713245; 07810 346595; 07836 238808; office@douglasweymouth.com; www.cumbriahorsetrials.com
    Location: Cumbria

    Entries open: 28 August
    Ballot date: 11 September at 12 noon
    Entries close: 23 September

    Link to Eden Valley (2) entries: www.britisheventing.com/eden-valley-2

    How to get there

    Sited seven miles from M6 junction 41 or 42.

    What the organisers say

    Eden Valley is a great starter and concluding event for the season in the northern region and for all newcomers to the sport. With a compact layout, friendly organising team and straightforward courses, this event welcomes some 450-500 competitors at each running. There are three class levels from BE80(T) to BE100.

    The showjumping will once again be sited on the outdoor surface over flowing courses built by John Collier.

    A main sponsor is being sought for Eden Valley’s two fixtures and the organisers would like to hear from any business prepared to support them.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The ground can get deep quite quickly. The arenas for the BE90 classes are better in terms of the ground, but there is very little warm-up there and my Connemara pony could hear the showjumping bell from those arenas!” “The area given to warm up was very good with lots of flat sections and places where you can distance yourself from the other horses.” “The arenas are situated close to the cross-country and road.” “The showjumping is on a surface. The arena can ride quite tight on big horses (especially at BE100 level), but I have never found this to be a problem. The course looks straightforward enough, but it requires riders to use the space available and keep their focus.” “The showjumping is always a great course and is on a surface.” “It also has a large warm-up arena that is well managed and is based away from the wagons and cross-country which makes it easier for the horses to concentrate.”

    Cross-country — “The BE80(T) course is a great introduction to eventing for horses. However, I have been caught out by the double on top of the hill on green horses in this class!” “The BE90 course flowed well and asked just enough questions, and the BE100 course requires accurate riding, but the time is tight in the BE100 so you can’t hang around too much!” “The ground can vary from firm to quite deep depending on the weather.” “The courses were very similar the two times I rode them and are very inviting, but do have tricky combinations and the BE90 has a large amount of the BE100 jumps such as a ditch and rail four strides to a very skinny hedge.”
    “It’s a great course set in great
    land and scenery.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    BE100 Open: 92%

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