Excitement builds for Devon’s first international event of the season

PUBLISHED: 10:15 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:15 29 March 2018

Equestrian picture

Equestrian picture

Archant

It is all systems go at Bicton Arena with preparations well underway for its first international horse trials, which take place on April 20 to 22, writes Lucy Johnson.

Organiser and course designer Helen West has implemented several changes to the cross-country courses that run through grade one listed parkland belonging to Clinton Devon Estates.

She said: “I am feeling excited as I have some super new fences to play with, as well as a new ditch complex which has been built over the winter months.

“Thankfully, all groundworks were completed before the arrival of both Beasts from the East, which although picturesque, have been somewhat of a hindrance to the beginning of the eventing season with several events cancelled.

“My heart goes out to the organisers of the events that have sadly not been able to run; so much preparation goes into running an event, and it is truly soul-destroying to then not be able to run it.

“We are fortunate at Bicton to be on old sandy loam turf, which is very free draining, but even we would have been unable to run under a blanket of snow! Our head groundsman, Matt Lynch, timed his harrowing and rolling to perfection, as he finished the park the day before the snow arrived.”

New to the schedule this year is a CIC* class sponsored by Chatham, one of Britain’s key lifestyle footwear brands specialising in nautical and country styles. The class will run alongside the established Rathbones-sponsored two star section and the addition is expected to attract an influx of high calibre competitors to the Devon venue.

A full range of classes are included on the schedule, from BE90 to advanced intermediate, alongside the international classes.

Helen said: “The tracks will be educational at all levels, with horse and rider combinations being asked fair and obvious questions, especially given the early stage of the season and the lack of runs they may have had. All courses will encourage positive riding and my aim is for riders to come back and say, ‘wow, that jumped great’.”

Entries are coming thick and fast for the event with several leading names from eventing heading to Devon to compete, offering spectators a fantastic chance to enjoy a day in stunning countryside watching great sporting action.

Entry is £10 per car and as well as top class sporting action, there will be a vast array of trade stands to browse along with top notch catering from award-winning Kenniford Farm.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 16:04

Exmouth enjoyed a week off last Saturday as did the remainder of the South West Premier teams, but all are back in action this Saturday when the Cockles will be looking to secure their first away league win since November 2017.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

East Devon Tennis Academy players based at Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre have made a strong start to the winter season with some great tournament wins.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:54

Exmouth Town Reserves chalked up their second win of the Macron Devon and Exeter League Premier Division campaign when they won 3-0 at Topsham Town.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:54

Brixington Blues Under-14s were in superb form when they travelled to Cullompton Rangers for an Exeter and District Youth League match that the Blues won 8-1.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:39

Harry Tincknell’s Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT finished third at the Six Hours of Fuji in Japan on Sunday.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:34

Sidmouth Town Under-15s went down 4-1 on their visit to Honiton for an Exeter and District Youth League game played out in the strong winds thrown up by Storm Callum.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:31

Exmouth Town are through to the second round of the FA Vase following a very hard-earned victory over a gritty and resilient Elburton Villa, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:11

Exmouth Nomads were in hastily-arranged action at Cullompton where they produced a dominant performance to win 53-5.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:10

The Lombard Rally Bath will recreate part of what the Lombard RAC Rally was to rally fans throughout England, Wales and Scotland, giving drivers the opportunity to revisit some of the stages which were central to the competition in 1976 when the city of Bath was home to the world championship event, writes Geoffrey Pickett

Read more
Yesterday, 08:01

The Budleigh men played their second match in the Sidmouth League against Lyme Regis, writes David Roberts.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Show Job Lists

Find planning applications