Warwick Hall 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 2 — Sunday 3 May 2015

    Organisers: Douglas and Lucinda Weymouth
    Contact: 01931 713245 / 07810 346595 / 07836 238808; office@douglasweymouth.com; www.cumbriahorsetrials.com
    Location: Cumbria

    Entries open: 27 March
    Ballot date: 11 April at 12 noon
    Entries close: 22 April

    Link to Warwick Hall (1) entries: www.britisheventing.com/warwickhall1

    How to get there

    The event is sited just two miles from M6 junction 43.

    What the organisers say

    Going into its second year and with two fixtures, Warwick Hall will continue to host four levels of classes from BE80(T) to novice, but will have a new 65x20m water feature in the final third of the cross-country.

    The dressage arenas are being relocated away from the showjumping. Similarly, the start of the cross-country will run out along the riverside, but the courses will once again be galloping and of maximum length all round.

    Warwick Hall (1) is the second in the Cumbria Series of seven horse trials being organised by Lucinda and Douglas Weymouth, and will see the return of the special awards for the Cumbria Riders Challenge; the Maiden Marine High & Dry Dubarry Challenge; best dressed rider; all round eventer; most promising Cumbrian under-18 rider; Cumbria Series full attendance honours, and the Park Communications highest-placed over-50 rider.

    Just two miles from J43 M6, Warwick Hall is easy to reach. The generous sponsors Waitings have kindly agreed to support the event, and as ever their sponsorship helps make the event sustainable.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The organisation of the dressage let the event down a little.” “The warm-up got very busy and it was difficult to get horses to concentrate.” “Some arenas were busier than others, which resulted in my horse being quite distracted.” “Flies bothered all my horses that day so take fly spray.” “The showjumping is set up very centrally at the event and allowed plenty of room.” “The warm-up was very well organised by the stewards. Everything ran on time and the course jumped very well.” “The showjumping course was definitely one for beginners as it posed no challenges and was
    very inviting.”

    Cross-country — “The BE(80)T and BE90 courses were very similar — the BE90 could have asked more questions.” “The course was a long walk from the car park and the courses seemed very long when walking them, but rode very well.” “The warm-up is the best I have experienced with the area being very flat with no obstacles. The course itself was flat, which was excellent because it provided long gallops.” “Some obstacles required a higher level of accuracy.” “All that is missing is a water complex [see organisers’ comments].”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    ON: 90%
    N: 85%
    BE100 Open: 78%
    BE100: 78%
    BE90: 72%
    BE80(T): 64%

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