Pontispool Horse Trials (2): what riders need to know *H&H VIP*

  • Date: Sunday 20 – Monday 21 September 2015

    Organisers: Richard Mitford-Slade and Lucy Fielding-Johnson
    Contact: 01823 461196; info@pontispool.com; www.pontispool.com
    Location: Somerset

    Entries open: 17 August
    Ballot date: 31 August at 12 noon
    Entries close: 10 September

    Link to Pontispool (2) entries: www.britisheventing.com/pontispool-2

    How to get there

    Leave the M5 at junction 26 and follow brown Pontispool tourist signs marked with a horseshoe. Postcode TA4 1BH.

    What the organisers say

    The event is sponsored by Equestrian Surfaces.

    The showjumping arena and practice area have been extended to nearly three acres. A new track is being installed to allow a one-way system to operate and ease congestion at the entrance.

    The dressage is sited on level, permanent pasture, with the showjumping in the extended all-weather arena. There is additional warm-up space for both dressage and showjumping. Equestrian Surfaces supply the arena surface.

    Eric Winter designs the cross-country tracks, which run over mildly undulating terrain, incorporating parkland, woodland, orchards and open countryside. The BE agri-vator will be used as necessary. Many fences have all-weather take-offs and landings. All courses are educational with a good variety of fences, including water, ditches, quarries, steps and banks. Easier alternatives are included at technical fences. Portables are used for variation. All the fences are well built, dressed and inviting.

    The tracks vary between fixtures. New fences are added every year.

    All courses are educational. They are suitable for first-timers as there are slower alternatives at technical fences. However, the courses are a fair test for those trying to finish within the time.

    What the riders say

    For rider comments, see Horse Trials Guide Part One

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    OI: 70%
    N: 68%
    BE100 Open:
    BE100U18: 86%
    BE100: 74%

    Download part two of the horse trials guide for just £1.49: Eventing horse trials guide part two