Great Witchingham 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: Friday 27 – Sunday 29 March 2015

    Organiser: David Sayer
    Contact: 01603 688227; www.blackwaterfarm.co.uk
    Location: Norfolk

    Entries open: 20 February
    Ballot date: 6 March at 12 noon
    Entries close: 17 March

    Link to Great Witchingham entries: www.britisheventing.com/greatwitchingham1

    How to get there

    Off the A1067 turning at Reepham by Norfolk Wildlife Park. Great Witchingham is shown as Lenwade on most maps.

    What the organisers say

    March 2015 marks Great Witchingham’s 25th year running horse trials, which coincides with the final dualing of the A11. So for competitors travelling via the A14, M11 and A11, there is a dual carriageway to within eight miles of Great Witchingham.

    Pony Club sections at BE90 and BE100 have been added for 2015 at £10 day ticket, £64.51 entry and £5 start fee for a total of £79.51 to help make the step from Pony Club to BE a natural and affordable progression, supporting eventing in East Anglia.

    The dressage and showjumping is on flat ground with a large warm-up area for the dressage. Long-format arenas are used for most classes. The showjumping, designed by Rodger Howe, is in a permanent 100x80m arena.

    The cross-country runs on light, undulating land over permanent, genuine cross-country fences using copses and natural water features. The obstacles are educational with prepared take-offs and landings. Our aim is to offer a confidence-giving early-season run on good going. On-site stabling is available.

    Our sponsors are generous local companies.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Plenty of space for the warm-up and the majority of tests are in long arenas, which is excellent for young ones.” “The showjumping is held on permanent, undulating arenas.” “Good showjumping courses and strong enough for the levels.”

    Cross-country — “Some modification would be good as they have been much the same since I started competing there 20 years ago.” “The fences are well built and educational.” “Run by a really enthusiastic team.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    AI: 92%
    OI: 67%
    I: 78%
    CIC*: 94%
    IN: 90%
    ON: 77%
    N: 78%
    BE100 Open: 93%
    BE100: 85%
    BE90 Open: 75%
    BE90: 79%
    BE80(T): 69%

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