Further to the exciting news regarding new events across the country announced by British Eventing three months ago, there are now a couple of changes for South East riders.
The new Littleton Manor Horse Trials will cater for competitors disappointed by the loss of both Pulborough and Berkshire College (2) this autumn. Littleton Manor is a fabulous, established training center, ideally set up to run an affiliated event under the eagle eyes of Matt and Kate Tarrant.
For BCA (2), the start of the new academic year provides added challenges for the team there. “It has always been a challenge to run the Autumn Horse Trials. We are very pleased to have a significant increase in our student numbers again this year, but this increases demand on all BCA staff and resources at that crucial time,” explained event Organiser Amanda King.
“BCA is still fully committed to the June Horse Trials. It is a key part of our equine student experience for event management and developing their employability skills. We look forward to welcoming riders here in the summer.”
For Pulborough, three years of late season bad weather has taken its toll on the ground. “Running the event during such conditions has had too much of an impact on the cross country schooling facilities for the following spring, prompting Gaye and the team at Pulborough to take the decision not to run this year,” said Adrian Ditcham, SE Regional Coordinator.
“The loss of BCA (2) and Pulborough from the 2015 fixtures is a great shame, as they have both been excellent fixtures, serving our membership well at the grassroots level. I and the fixtures team are grateful that the Tarrants have kindly agreed to move Littleton Manor forward, to the vacant slot left by Pulborough for 2015.”