Event riders have the chance to practice their skills ahead of the forthcoming eventing season at Pontispool Equine Sports’ Centre’s arena cross country competitions.

The venue is holding a series of three events, which will be held in the Wychanger all-weather arena. The competition will compromise of 26 jumping efforts, with courses designed by international event rider Lucy McCarthy (nee Wiegersma). Each will be made up of eight show jumps and 18 cross country fences including a water jump, ditches and banks. Alternative fences will be available at the more difficult options.

Organiser Richard Mitford-Slade said: “It’s a great opportunity for riders to compete over cross country fences on an artificial surface before the season gets going in the early spring. We have every type of fence, from trakehner to a water complex. It’s also a great opportunity for spectators to come along and catch up with friends.”

Pontispool’s sponsored rider Alex Bragg added: “The arena cross country fences are perfect as a pipe opener before the season starts. The competitions will also give riders the chance to school their horses in a competition environment. There’s every type of fence, all on an exceptional surface. I take my young horses to Pontispool a lot and all the fences are very inviting.”

The first of the arena cross country competitions will take place on January 16 with further events taking place on February 6 and February 27, with classes starting at 80cm.

At the January 16 and February 27 competitions riders in the 90cm and 100cm classes can win the opportunity to compete at one of the two British Eventing Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Championships to be held at Blair Castle International 25th to 28th August 2016 and Blenheim Palace International 8th to 11th September 2016.

Entries close on the Tuesday prior to each competition. For further information and to enter visit www.pontispool.com.

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