Nunney International 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: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 June 2015

    Organisers: Alisa Hunter-Gordon and Jessica Colson
    Contact: tel: 01747 838215; alisa@nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk; jessica@nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk; www.nunneyhorsetrials.co.uk
    Location: Somerset

    Entries open: 16 June
    Ballot date: 1 June at 12 noon
    Entries close: 9 June

    Link to Nunney entries: www.britisheventing.com/nunney

    How to get there

    The event will be signed from the A361 Frome/Shepton Mallet road. Do not go through the village of Nunney.

    What the organisers say

    Nunney is always voted a friendly event with a great atmosphere. There is a popular owners’ tent for owners and riders, providing coffee, lunch and tea and a variety of tradestands around the main arena for shopping opportunities.

    The title sponsor for 2015 is Hopkins Concrete, who won the annual draw.

    The cross-country course-designer, Adrian Ditcham, will be making changes this year. The courses, built by Willis Bros, are generally good galloping tracks, providing a fair test at each level. They run across deceptively undulating permanent pasture, which will be agri-vated if necessary, so horses do need to be fit. There are drops, ditches, water and a few technical fences, some of which will have black flag alternatives.

    The dressage is sited away from the main arena and cross-country courses. All classes showjump in the main arena on flat, well-drained grass in front of Southfield House.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage was on a slight slope, but was nicely tucked away, giving a quiet atmosphere. Unfortunately it was a very hot day and the horseflies caused a major problem.” “I felt that the secretaries’ focus was mainly on the international competitors as they did not know when the under-18 course-walk was going to be held.” “The showjumping arena was lovely and surrounded by tradestands with many seats for spectators.” “There was also plenty of room in the warm-up.”

    Cross-country — “The course was a fair test at the level, but unfortunately I was unable to run due to the abandonment.” “The ground had been aerated, but it was very dry with cracks.” “Suitable for more experienced combinations.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014 (some sections cancelled)

    CIC2*: 49%
    OIU21: 60%
    OI: 78%
    I: 79%
    IN: 97%
    ONU18: 96%
    N: 86%
    BE100 Pony: 94%
    BE100: 78%
    5YO: 73%

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