Purston Manor 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 4 – Sunday 5 July 2015

    Organisers: The late Bill Allen and Peter Lamont
    Contact: 01483 767336; 01608 811070; jandplamont@ntlworld.com
    Location: Northamptonshire

    Entries open: 29 May
    Ballot date: 12 June at 12 noon
    Entries close: 24 June

    Link to Purston Manor (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/purstonmanor1

    How to get there

    The event is signed from the A422 Banbury to Brackley road. We are three miles east of M40 junction 11.

    Both events are sponsored by David and Catherine Witt and the Rookery Park Stud.

    We run these horse trials because we enjoy making them as good as we can. Our aim is that riders, their supporters and horses get the same buzz.

    We are proud of the cross-country courses, which run over old turf in typical Shires hunting country. The terrain is hilly. These are good galloping tracks designed by Andrew Hunter with hedges, ditches and a variety of other fences. Both tracks include a water jump. Andrew is building some new fences for 2015.

    There are flat dressage arenas on permanent grass with a large, mainly flat, warm-up area. The showjumping arena is gently sloping. The courses are designed by Mike Benfield.

    If the summer is dry, all the competition areas, including warm-ups, will be thoroughly aera-vated.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & show jumping — “Undulating ground for the dressage but plenty of room for warming up.” “You walk past the showjumping to get to the dressage.” “The going is usually good.” “The showjumping is on a slope but well built and fair.” “The showjumping is always in the same place in a lovely big arena.” “The warm-up is big enough and this is another event that always seems to have a pile up of riders, but they do get through them quickly!”

    Cross-country — “Can be firm and a little trappy in places.” “The course flows beautifully in the second half and is really enjoyable, but the ridge and furrow in the last field isn’t so great.” “Runs the same way each event but the courses are educational.” “The water is normally quite strong but has an alternative.” “It is undulating but rides lovely.” “The ground is normally good as it’s old turf.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    IN: 90%
    ONU18: 88%
    ON: 83%
    N: 74%
    BE100 Pony: 79%
    BE100 Open: 82%
    BE100: 75%

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