Richmond 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: Friday 8 — Sunday 10 May 2015

    Organiser: Paul Hodgson
    Contact: Richmond EC. 01748 811629; office@richmondequestriancentre.co.uk
    Location: North Yorkshire

    Entries open: 4 Aril
    Ballot date: 20 April at 12 noon
    Entries close: 27 April

    Link to Richmond (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/richmond1

    How to get there

    Grid ref SE208969. Richmond EC is at Breckenbrough Farm, Tunstall, five miles from the A1.

    What the organisers say

    The dressage is on flat grass with the warm-up on a slight slope on grass next to the arenas. The showjumping is in a 75x50m all-weather arena.

    The cross-country tracks are being refreshed for 2015,under the guidance of our new course-designer, Douglas Weymouth. All tracks are on permanent pasture and the courses run over slightly undulating terrain. We will agri-vate if necessary. Tracks incorporate a mix of portable and permanent fences and a water complex.

    All courses are designed to educate the novice horse and rider and are suitable for first-timers, with alternatives where necessary.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage area I found quite hard to warm up in, as it was on a slope with few flat areas to practise more intricate moves.” “The arenas themselves were very well set out and efficient.” “The showjumping is held on a surface.” “The warm-up was brilliant — you were able to practise inside before moving into the outside practice arena for final preparations.” “The course was nice and flowing, but had more turns and fillers than usual.”

    Cross-country — “The warm-up area was nice and flat and just 50 yards from the wagon park.” “The course was brilliant with brightly coloured fences, from submarines to daisies.” “This took place over several fields which was great as it meant you could enjoy a series of gallops.” “The course is suitable for first-timers, but it does have a few offset stride combinations and turns.” “The ground was brilliant with take-offs and landings all maintained very well.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    OI: 78%
    I: 79%
    ONU18: 82%
    ON: 86%
    N: 79%
    BE100: 85%
    BE90 Open: 71%
    BE90: 81%

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