Eglington 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 18 – Sunday 19 July 2015

    Organiser: Heather Galbraith
    Contact: 01290 550202; eglinton.barskimming@btinternet.com
    Location: Ayrshire

    Entries open: 12 June
    Ballot date: 26 June at 12 noon
    Entries close: 8 July

    Link to Eglington entries: www.britisheventing.com/eglington

    How to get there

    Take the B743 toward Ayr, turn on to Barskimming Road and follow road signs.

    What the organisers say

    Flat grass dressage arenas with a large flat warm-up area. The showjumping course, designed by Kenny Randall, is also on grass.

    Work has taken place over the winter with recommendations from Phillip Herbert to ensure the best possible going in all three phases: we will aera-vate if necessary.

    Eglinton has four separate courses, reviewed annually to ensure each is true to standard for the grade of horse competing. All tracks make good use of natural features over old grassland, terrain is undulating and there are some steep slopes.

    Fences are a mix of portable and permanent obstacles, including hedges and water.

    For 2015 the intermediate has been rerouted with help and guidance from Ian Stark.

    The new course incorporates ground not previously used for the horse trials.

    Cross-country course-design is by organiser Heather Galbraith and Ronald Alexander.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The event is on old turf so the ground is always pretty good.” “There is plenty of warm-up space. We warmed up in one field and then moved into a field with the dressage arenas which was lovely and quiet.” “It was a bit wet and the showjumping warm-up got slightly cut up, but it wasn’t holding.” “The showjumping track rode well. It’s up to height and they use plenty of fillers.”

    Cross-country — “It’s a lovely galloping track.” “They are up to the level — when you go novice, you know you are going novice.” “Some of the fences are quite old-fashioned. Some of the intermediate fences are rider frighteners, but they ride really well.” “I take my young horses there, and it’s OK for first-timers.” “It’s a lovely course for getting into a good rhythm.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    A: 57%
    BE100 U18:

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