Kirriemuir 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 9 May 2015

    Organiser: James Helyer
    Contact: 01575 574458 / 07957 871530
    Location: Angus

    Entries open: 3 April
    Ballot date: 17 April at 12 noon
    Entries close: 29 April

    Link to Kirriemuir entries: www.britisheventing.com/kirriemuir

    How to get there

    Turn off the A90 on to the A926 to Kirriemuir. After 2.4 miles turn right for Northmuir. At the T-junction turn right to Northmuir and take the first left. Follow the B955 past the golf course.

    What the organisers say

    Kirriemuir is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a welcomed move to running a month later in May — what a long way we have come in 10 years of running this family-based event on our farm with the backdrop of the Angus Hills.

    Course changes in 2014 were well received and further upgrades as part of our designer Andrew Hunter’s three-year plan will take effect in 2015.

    The layout is compact and Colin Hexley’s showjumping arena is at the hub of the site, which lends itself to excellent viewing of the cross-country course.

    A new BE80(T) class makes its debut this year, providing a valuable opportunity for competitors who are perhaps starting their eventing career. Meanwhile more experienced competitors will find plenty to challenge them as they tackle the hilly terrain with ease. Happy 10th birthday Kirriemuir — come and celebrate with us!

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage is set in a separate, quiet field away from everything and with a lot of space for warming up.” “There is a slight incline to the field, but the dressage arena is flat.” “The showjumping is at the heart of the horse trials and well located between the cross-country and dressage.”

    Cross-country — “A lovely, inviting cross-country course.” “There are some hills, and it’s a fair test for a first run or early on in season.” “Good ground, well run and organised.” “Friendly and helpful stewards.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 62%
    N: 66%
    BE100 Open: 100%
    BE100: 92%
    BE90: 81%

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