Bicton Arena International Horse Trials Update

I am feeling excited about my tracks at Bicton this month as I have some super new fences to play with, as well as a new ditch complex which the guys have been busy building over the winter months. Thankfully all groundworks were completed before the arrival of the “white stuff”, which although picturesque has been somewhat of a hindrance to the beginning of the eventing season. 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.

Fingers crossed the next few weeks dry up and competitors start getting some runs. 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 with this blanket on. Matt Lynch timed his harrowing and rolling to perfection, as he finished the Park 24hrs before this arrived

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”.


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