Stratford Hills Horse Trials: 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 20 – Sunday 21 June 2015

    Organiser: Gillie Cranfield
    Contact: 01473 827596; gillie@waterhousefarm.com; www.shht.co.uk
    Location: Essex

    Entries open: 13 May
    Ballot date: 27 May at 12 noon
    Entries close: 10 June

    Link to Stratford Hills entries: www.britisheventing.com/stratfordhills

    How to get there

    Grid reference TM056358. Stratford Hills is 200m west of the A12, between Ipswich and Colchester.

    What the organisers say

    The water complex is undergoing extensive redesigning, which will make it significantly bigger and more flexible, giving increased options for all classes.

    We are introducing a BE80(T) and will be building a new course over the same countryside as the BE90 and BE100. The novice will extend into a further field as normal. All tracks will be undulating and incorporate a wooded area as well as a varied selection of old and new obstacles.

    The BE80(T) will be a nice low-end introduction to eventing, the BE90 will suit the inexperienced and the BE100 and novice courses will be up to height but reasonably straightforward.

    The dressage and showjumping will be on the usual flat fields and have good warm-up areas.

    The grass cover over the whole site is now well established and all areas will be aera-vated if necessary. We will also run in very wet conditions.

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    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “Dressage warm-up and arenas flat and behind the tradestands in a good location.” “The ground in the warm-up can be a bit firm but there is plenty of room.” “The showjumping warm-up area and arena are well laid out in front of the tradestands with plenty of room, but again can be firm.”

    Cross-country — “Quite a distance from the lorry park but the cross-country is located in beautiful, rolling countryside and is quite hilly, requiring a fit horse.” “Fences are very well built, and have mainly followed the same route for a while with one or two modifications, and a new bank complex near the end.” “Up to height but rides very well.” “Suitable for first-timers.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    NRF: 89%
    IN: 76%
    ONU18: 80%
    ON: 94%
    N: 84%
    BE100U18: 74%
    BE100 Pony: 65%
    BE100 Open: 79%
    BE100: 73%
    BE90 Open: 74%
    BE90: 69%

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