Keysoe to offer start fee refund in the event of un fit going
As The College Equestrian, Keysoe, Bedfordshire, gears up for their final British Eventing fixture of the year (August 24th – 26th) event organisers make a bold statement in regards to their cross-country ground conditions.
“We are so confident in our ground management plans that we will give a full and unchallenged refund of start fees to any rider, who is eligible to start the cross-country, who does not believe that the ground is acceptable to run their horse on” Simon Bates, owner and organiser at Keysoe.
With ballot date due at 12 noon today, like many events entries have been steady to come in. Entries are low in comparison to previous years due to the continuing challenging weather conditions that the sport has faced this season.
The Keysoe ground care plan regularly sees the spreading of compost and further agrivating prior to the event. Keysoe 3 is no different with over 100 tonnes of compost being spread on the cross-country course.
“With all-weather dressage, including a new 10-minute arena, and all-weather show jumping, we are able to focus our efforts on delivering good going on the cross-country” continued Simon. “We have found that our routine of building a good organic matter covering, with good grass cover, a strong root structure and then agrivating close to the event day creates going that is more than acceptable.”
The August fixture will see a number of changes to the previous British Eventing fixture, with the cross-country course starting near the lorry park, which also gives the event fresh ground. Devoucoux Saddles are title sponsors for this fixture in a season of support for the Bedfordshire venue.