Frickley 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 25 – Sunday 26 July 2015

    Organisers: Vanessa Fleming and William Buck
    Contact: Vanessa 07831 893100; vanessa_fleming@hotmail.co.uk; William 07787 527171; wbuck@st-philips.com: www.frickleypark.co.uk
    Location: South Yorkshire

    Entries open: 20 June
    Ballot date: 6 July at 12 noon
    Entries close: 15 July

    Link to Frickley (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/frickley-1

    How to get there

    Located at Frickley Hall, Doncaster DN5 7BU, five miles from junction 38 of the A1. Entry will be from the eastern approach to the estate only, which is located on the road between Clayton and Hooton Pagnell.

    What the organisers say: Frickley Park once again has two dates for the 2015 eventing season. The autumn event hosts the new British Eventing Yorkshire Challenge, which aims to provide competitors at lower levels with an annual challenge, culminating in a championship style competition at Frickley Park in September.

    Full details of rules and eligibility can be obtained from www.frickleypark.co.uk
    Both the dressage and showjumping phases will be on grass, with the championship dressage in a long arena in front of the hall. We will also be running British Showjumping classes at the July fixture.

    Cross-country tracks are full length and with maximum jumping efforts, bringing in all the natural features of the estate. Our course-design is by David Carpenter and Adrian Ditcham and there are exciting new additions to the 2015 courses.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Frickley Park is a friendly event set in beautiful parkland, with a stately home backdrop.” “The dressage arenas are relatively
    flat and set apart from the rest of the event.” “Warm-up for the dressage is quite small.” “The dressage is set in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle, in a reasonably flat field.” “The dressage arenas are quite close together, and it can be difficult to work out which judge is beeping their horn.” “The warm-up isn’t the biggest, but the ground is much improved from when the event started with a September 2012 fixture.” “Showjumping is held by the house and although it was very wet last July, the ground held up well and effort had obviously been made on the take-offs and landings.” “Showjumping takes place in front of the house, with a British Showjumping competition taking place alongside, although the arenas are sufficiently far apart.” “The course had a lovely mix of unusual fillers. Again the collecting ring could have been bigger.”

    Cross-country — “The cross-country is the real reason to visit Frickley!” “Portables are kept to a minimum, with many of the fences permanent rails in the hedgelines and a beautifully crafted dry stone wall.” “At the July event, the start was facing away from the collecting ring with the first fence very close to the start.” “The ground was generally very good despite the rain before the July fixture.” “I probably wouldn’t use this as a first event for a young horse as it is a bold track with continual questions.” “It is a very friendly event with everything very close together. There was a long wait for the presentations after the results
    had been announced, but it was worth the wait for the cash prizes!” “It’s a maximum length, up-to-height, bold, galloping course with a great mix of fences.” “In September, the start was changed from the July event so that it faced the collecting ring and the end of the course was altered, making the course more twisty.” “There are a lot of hedges, so it’s not the smallest course, but it is very inviting.” “The only bit of ground that was somewhat uneven was the furthest field, and the area around the water can become deep.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 86%
    BE100 Open:

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