Hutton-in-the-Forest 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 20 – Sunday 21 June 2015

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

    Entries open: 15 May
    Ballot date: 30 May at 12 noon
    Entries close: 10 June

    Link to Hutton-in-the-Forest (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/hutton-in-the-forest

    How to get there

    Three miles from M6 junction 41.

    What the organisers say

    This favourite event for many riders has benefited from recent improvements to the going. For 2015 there will be an enlargement of the water fences and a return to crossing the old ford to take in the hills beyond the Near Park.

    While the BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 courses are relatively straightforward for those riders prepared to canter confidently up and down the undulating terrain, the novice course certainly asks more questions and requires a fit horse to take on the challenges.

    Hutton will run twice this year — on its usual late June weekend, but a week earlier in September, to avoid the Europeans at Blair. AW Jenkinson Forest Products continue their unfailingly supportive and much appreciated approach to these events.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage warm-up is brilliant with plenty of flat places in a massive field. The arenas themselves are also very flat, but are next to a road so it would be worth making sure your horse is fine in traffic and can stay focused.” “The showjumping area always offers three jumps set up with plenty of room. But there can be some waiting around beforehand.” “The course is nicely placed with the tradestands at the back so you get few distractions.” “The ground is always brilliant whenever I have competed there.”

    Cross-country — “The cross-country course here is suited to beginners with welcoming fences, but you do need to be aware of your horse napping back to the warm-up area at obstacles four and five.” “The course route is definitely suited to a fit horse with a very large hill midway though the course.” “The ground is always very good even through sloped sections.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 74%
    N: 63%
    BE100 Open: 80%
    BE100: 68%
    BE90: 82%
    BE80(T): 59%

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