South of England 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 11 – Sunday 12 April 2015

    Organisers: Jenny Nolan and Tim Nolan
    Contact: 01892 783227 / 07885 160030; seesltd@aol.com; www.seesltd.com
    Location: Sussex

    Entries open: 5 March
    Ballot date: 19 March at 12 noon
    Entries close: 1 April

    Link to South of England (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/southofengland1

    How to get there

    Grid reference TQ339303. Ardingly Showground is situated on the B2028, four miles north of Haywards Heath.

    What the organisers say

    The dressage is held on flat grass. The showjumping is designed by John Farrell and is sited in the same arena that is used for the showjumping at the South of England Show.

    Scott Brickell and Philip Herbert design the cross-country tracks. There is one steep hill for intermediate horses, but otherwise the ground is flat. All will be agri-vated and sanded if hard. There are three separate tracks. The BE100 and novice tracks are solid and inviting for young horses. Both are straightforward and suitable for a newly upgraded horse.

    The courses are suitable for all as alternatives are offered.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage is very flat with a lovely big warm-up.” “The arenas are mostly flat, dependent on how you’re drawn.” “Some of the dressage arenas are stuck out in a back field, which is a bit disappointing.” “The showjumping is held in a lovely big arena with lots of atmosphere. The horses tend to jump well with plenty of space in the warm-up and in the ring.”

    Cross-country — “The intermediate is quite strong as it incorporates some of the two-star fences.” “There is a very good use of the hills and the spectators get good viewing of the water complexes.” “The going is also very good and they work hard on the ground.” “You need a fit horse as there are runs up and down hills.” “The course is a bit ‘hunter trial-like’ but it’s a good educational track.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    AI: 50%
    OIU21: 80%
    OI: 89%
    I: 87%
    ONU18: 77%
    ON: 95%
    N: 83%
    BE100U18: 76%
    BE100 Open: 93%
    BE100: 88%

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