Skipton 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 27 – Sunday 28 June 2015

    Organisers: Robin Bower, Michael Bower and Tim Bennett
    Contact: Robin Bower, 07976 272272; robin.bower@forbessolicitors.co.uk;
    Location: North Yorkshire

    Entries open: 22 May
    Ballot date: 5 June
    Entries close: 17 June

    Link to Skipton entries: www.britisheventing.com/skipton

    How to get there

    2½ miles west of Skipton on the A59. Take the turning to Carleton. Postcode BD23 3AB.

    What the organisers say

    Our sponsors are Equestrian.com, Grubs Boots and Simple System Feeds (Yorkshire).

    This event has been changed significantly over the past few years and has received fantastic feedback from BE and competitors.

    The dressage will be on relatively flat ground. The showjumping course will be designed by Adrian Southward and it is sited in a 90x90m arena close to the lorry park.

    Tim Bennett’s cross-country courses run over undulating pastureland, with amazing views of the Yorkshire Dales. Every effort will be made to ensure that the going is good. There are stone walls, hedge line fences, portables and a water complex, all of which are inviting. The courses have good grass cover. We will aera-vate if necessary.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The ground was pretty flat for the arenas and warm-up and everything lies handily close together so you don’t have to traipse miles.” “Some of the dressage arenas backed on to the cross-country, which may have upset a reactive horse.”“The showjumping was held in a nice grass arena and the course was well-built and up to height.”

    Cross-country — “The course was beautifully done with amazing ground.” “The fences were very well presented and dressed and the course had a lovely flow to it.” “It was a lovely course for the young horses as it was educational without being unfair.” “It’s quite a hilly course so you need a fit horse.” “The warm-up was good.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 82%
    N: 69%
    BE100 Open: 83%
    BE100: 70%
    BE90: 76%

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