Category Archives: Eventing



Please find attached a schedule and entry form for the HAYGAIN ARENA EVENTING at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials this year,


Friday 11th and Saturday 12th  May

Courses designed by Ian Stark, David Evans & Di Boddy
Please note you do NOT have to be a member of British Eventing to compete in these classes.

  1. CLASS 1: Arena Eventing – 90cm Level to be run on Friday
    Height approx. 90cms Entry Fee: £35.00
  2. CLASS 2: Arena Eventing – 100cm Level to be run on Friday
    Height approx. 100cms Entry Fee: £35.00
  3. CLASS 3: Arena Eventing – 100cm Level to be run on Saturday
    Height approx. 100cms Entry Fee: £35.00
  4. CLASS 4: Arena Eventing – 90cm Level to be run on Saturday
    Height approx. 90cms Entry Fee: £35.00

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 1st July 2017

Second Bulletin –25th June 2017

Once again we have a very busy day ahead of us. We have over 270 entries– our largest to date – and all entries received have been accommodated. They are divided as follows:

  • Class 1       (PC90) –  2 Pony Cub sections and one non-PC;
  • Class 2      (PC100) – 2 sections – one Pony Club and one non-PC;
  • Class 3      (PC Open) – 1 section – divided into PC & non-PC;
  • Class 4       (PC80)  –  5 sections – 4 Pony Club and one one-PC.

We will run the classes in that order and sections in the following order:

  • Class 1, sections A & B: Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals and Area 4 individuals
  • Class 1, section C: non-PC individuals
  • Class 2, sections A:  Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals and Area 4 individuals
  • Class 2, section B: non-PC individuals
  • Class 3: Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals and Area 4 individuals and non-PC individuals
  • Class 4, sections A, B C & D: Area 4 teams & individuals; non-Area 4/5 teams & individuals; Area 5 teams & individuals
  • Class 4, section E: Non-PC individuals

Within those divisions, riders will generally be listed geographically, with those travelling furthest going toward the end of the grouping except in Class 4 where the reverse will apply – those travelling furthest being listed toward the beginning of their section.

The draft timetable below will perhaps help you to structure your day.

DRAFT  T I M E T A B L E (approximate and subject to change)

  Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4
Dressage A & B 8.00 a.m.– 11.30 a.m.

C 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

A 9.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.

B 10.00 a.m. – 11.25 a.m.

11.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. A,B,C,D 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. E -2.30 p.m. – 4.50 p.m.
Show Jumping 9.15 a.m. – 11.45 a.m. 11.50 a.m.– 1.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. – 5.35 p.m.
Cross Country 10.00 a.m.– 12.30 p.m. 12.30 p.m.- 1.45 p.m. 2.00 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. 3.00 p.m. – 6.15 p.m.
Numbers 1 – 80 201 – 250 301 – 330 401 – 530


The full timetable will be published on the East Cheshire website at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 28th June 2017!

Regards …. Geoff


Berwyn and Dee Charity Beginners One Day Event

Berwyn and Dee will be holding a Charity Beginners One Day Event at Daywell Manor on Saturday 29th July 2017.

Daywell Manor, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY10 7EJ.



Please find attached the schedule and entry form for the above event. I have also attached some information regarding 3rd party/public liability insurance which I trust you will find helpful together with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet

This year the event includes not only the 2017 Area 4 and Area 5 Championship qualifiers but also, for the first time, the Area 4 and Area 5 Regional Championships qualifier (formerly known as Grassroots) for both teams and individuals in our Newcomers Class. For this reason we expect entries from Pony Club member’s to be significantly higher. Inevitably this means that capacity for non-Pony Club members may be reduced. However, we are still accepting entries from non-Pony Club riders and we will do our very best to accommodate as many as possible. It is therefore expected that the demand for places will be even higher this year and entries will need  to be submitted as early as possible.

Once again, those Pony Club Branches wishing to enter teams are able to leave team selection almost until the last minute. All riders/branches should submit entries for individuals by the closing date of FRIDAY 16th JUNE and team selection from those individual entries does not need to be notified (by email would be preferred) until FRIDAY the 23rd JUNE.


We have decided this year to incorporate the £10 start fee into the entry fee and, following our experience of last year, we have also had to make provision for abandonment. Further, in view of the fact that the Newcomers class is now a qualifier, we have decided to equalise the entry fee for all classes.

Please use a separate entry form for each rider/horse combination entry .

I do hope to be able to communicate with all competitors by email and keep them up-dated with event information from time to time, so please try to include a LEGIBLE (to me!) email address. If you don’t have a personal email address, try to arrange to use that of a friend who will pass on news.

Geoff Bell
District Commissioner


Cheshire Hunt North ODE



CW11 2XE

by kind permission of Mr & Mrs I Morris

Saturday 3rd June 2017

This competition is intended to prepare and encourage riders to take part in One Day Eventing. It is strictly for beginners and genuine Novice partnerships and those new to eventing. Winning or being placed at this event does NOT upgrade competitors from Novice Status.

Enter and pay online via or by post using the official entry form.

POSTAL ENTRIES TO: Joan Deakin, 2 Broomfield Barn, Trap Street, Somerford Booths, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2LT.

Tel 07484 714321. Email

Refreshments will be available


  • CLASS 1   8 & Under – Beginners lead rein Dressage & Show jumping
    Dressage –  Pony Club D level 1 Dressage Test (Walk & Trot only) Test can be commanded, (called).  Show jumping – will not exceed 50cms (ALL WELCOME!)
  • CLASS 2*  (P.C 80) Height of fences: approx – 80cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members any age not to have represented their branch at Area Novice or above in Show Jumping or Eventing. Branches can indicate teams as a practice for the Regional Championship qualifier.  Members to enter directly then teams may be submitted to by the District Commissioner.
  • CLASS 3   (P.C 80) Height of fences: approx – 80cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members any age, the combination not to have represented their branch at Area Novice or above in Show Jumping or Eventing (Ideal for new combinations and young horses).
  • CLASS 4  (P.C 80) Height of fences: approx – 80cms (XC & SJ)
    Open to RC/Non PC members. Evidence of third party insurance must be shown.

Classes 2 – 4 Dressage Test – Pony Club Grassroots Dressage Test 2016 Test cannot be commanded, (called)

  • CLASS 5    Height of fences: approx – 70cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 13 years & under – Never to have completed a One Day Event.
  • CLASS 6   Height of fences: approx – 70cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 13 years & under – Never placed 1st – 4th in a One Day Event

 Classes 5 & 6 Dressage – Pony Club Grassroots Dressage Test 2016. Test can be commanded, (called)

  •  CLASS 7   Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 10 years & under – Never to have completed a One Day Event.
  • CLASS 8Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 10 years & under – Never placed 1st – 4th in a One Day Event
  • CLASS 9 - (training class) Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 10 years & under – Never to have completed a One Day Event. XC can have     assistance.

Classes 7 – 9 Dressage Test – Pony Club Introductory Dressage Test 2007. Test can be commanded (called).



Tanatside Hunt Branch Pony Club
Express Eventing
Saturday 20th May 2017

At The White House and Dyffryn
Meifod, Powys, SY22 6DA

By kind permission of Alison Lewis Saddlery,
please follow directions on A495 to car and lorry park

May Whiston Photography, Refreshments

Express Eventing consists of a dressage test and a combined show jumping and cross country course …


  • CLASS 1 – 80 cm
    Section A- Age 14 and under
    Section B- Age 15 and over
    Dressage test: Grassroots dressage test 2016
    Entry £25.00 (Tanatside members £20.00)
  • CLASS 2 – 60 cm
    Section A- Age 12 and under
    Section B- Age 13 and over
    Dressage test: C level dressage test 2012
    Entry £25.00 (Tanatside members £20.00)
  • CLASS 3 – 40cm
    Section A- Lead rein / or run with rider
    Section B – Unassisted
    Dressage test: PC Walk and Trot 2013
    Entry £25.00 (Tanatside members £20.00)
  • CLASS 4 – 30cm
    Section A- Lead rein / or run with rider
    Section B – Unassisted
    Dressage test: PC D level dressage Walk and Trot 2012
    Entry £25.00 (Tanatside members £20.00)
  • CLASS 5 – Dressage only
    Dressage test: Grassroots dressage test 2016
    Entry £12.00
  • Clear round show jumping
    Entry £4.00 with rosette (£3.00 without rosette)

Areas 4 and 5 Horse Trials results 24th July 2016

Many thanks to Emily Barnes, our Chief HT scorer, for preparing these so quickly despite being away from the competition for most of the day – helping to run our Mini-Camp – and also for drafting in most of the rest of her family to ensure it all went without a hitch.

Many thanks also to all other officials, volunteers, helpers etc. for ensuring that we had a splendid day and to the King family for making sure the infrastructure was so well presented and worked.

Thanks also to all you competitors, your parents, branch officials, family and friends for taking part so cheerfully – despite the 1.2 mile trip to the XC course.

We were glad to see you all and look forward to inviting you back to Somerford again – should we ever get the chance.

Regards … Geoff


Areas 4 & 5 Horse Trials – Final bulletin

(Webmaster: I hope, along with many others we can breathe a sigh of relief with the publication of this Final Horse Trials Post. I hope to see many photos and reports after the mammoth struggle that Geoff and his team of organisers have spent over the last month in reorganising this event. Please send photos and reports by email here. Thanks …. )



I am very happy to say that the sun is still shining here in Somerford (in between the rain showers) and all is well.

I attach a copy of the 2016 programme – we will not be printing a copy this year in view of the reduced numbers competing so if you feel you will need any information for the day, please print it at home and bring it with you.

I would draw particular attention to the cross-country times, speeds and distances chart at the end of the programme.

Site Layout Plan and road access

I attach a copy of the site layout plan (26 acre Map 2) and ask you to note that the closest postcode for the entrance to the event is CW12 4SN.

If you are travelling from the M6/Holmes Chapel direction on the A54, you will pass the main entrance to Somerford Park Farm on your left-hand side. Continue along the A54 for 7/10ths of a mile and you will see the warning sign for the entrance which is on your left. Turn into the field gate (it is 14ft wide so ensure you make a wide enough turn) and continue straight for about 150m and then turn right into the main lorry park.

If you are travelling from the Congleton direction, the field gate entrance is on the right about 7/10ths of a mile after you pass  the Chelford Road/Sandy Lane off-set crossroads.

Please take extreme care when negotiating the entrance, slowdown in good time, beware overtaking traffic – it is a single carriageway main road, it is unlikely to be very busy but needs extra vigilance.

On-site – dogs MUST be kept on leads. Please beware children and horses when manoeuvring.

Cross Country Course Access and Plans

Please note the blue line on the site plan marking the route to the XC. It is 1.2 miles and you should allow AT LEAST 20 minutes  to walk it. The route will be marked with direction arrows. The course will not officially be open for walking until 2 p.m. on Saturday. If you choose to walk before then, it will be at your own risk. It is currently flagged but it is possible that changes have to be made. If you wish to walk before 2p.m. on Saturday, you should seek permission from the Somerford Park office. Course maps are attached as a rough guide only – you should take account of what is actually there on the ground rather than merely following the map.

Competitor Times

I attach an updated competitor times list. There are a few changes since first publication but your times should only have changed if you or your team manager has asked to make a change for any reason.  However, please check your times and use this list for future reference.


We have a total of 17 teams competing across the two Areas. I attach a list of teams for your information.


We will have some very special souvenirs on sale – hoodies from the 2016 Cheshire Shield that never was – they will become a collector’s item – please buy one and support the North West Air Ambulance.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday – and just keep smiling whatever.


Geoff Bell
District Commissioner

Areas 4 and 5 Horse Trials – Sunday 24th July

Update to competitors who have entered (and remain entered!) for the re-arranged Areas 4 and 5 Horse Trials to be held at Somerford Park Farm on Sunday the 24th July.

(Webmaster: There is likely to be a further updates with the final update being on Thursday, please check back! Thank you)

Ground Conditions & weather

The ground conditions on the Cross Country course at Somerford are improving. We had rain for most of yesterday but today has been very warm and sunny. We are forecast to have reasonably good weather from now until Sunday with the exception of Wednesday which is forecast to have thunderstorms. The course will be inspected again on Wednesday and I expect to issue a further bulletin thereafter. It may be that, even if the XC course is not usable (unlikely we hope), we will decide to proceed with a two phase competition in the expectation that HQ will allow qualifiers from that competition to take part at the Championships. It has been pointed out to HQ that, according to the PC website, members could enter the so-called “Elite” (non-qualifying) Eventing competition at the Championships without proving any experience whatsoever and therefore we can see no justification for any such requirement for the qualifying competition. We will do our best to keep you informed.


We will be using the Area Eventing dressage tests as per the schedule and, except in the most exceptional circumstances (none recorded to date), commanders will not be allowed. This is, of course, only of relevance to those Area 5 competitors who are also doing the Area 5 Dressage competition at the same venue on the same day. We are liaising closely with our colleagues at Cheshire Hunt North who are organising the Area 5 Dressage to ensure there are no time clashes and as much time as possible is allowed between tests.

Note – there will be 7 dressage arenas altogether – 5 for the Area 5 Dressage and 2 for the Ares 4 & 5 Eventing – make sure you know which arena you are in for which test.

Show Jumping

As indicated above, we are only using two dressage arenas for AE and therefore the SJ arena will have far less riders than usual feeding in. Please ensure you get to the Arena as soon as possible and we will get you in as soon as we can. The Arena will be quite close to the dressage arenas.

Cross Country

You should be aware that the XC start is just over a mile from the parking area, which will be adjacent to the dressage and SJ arenas. It will be signed. A horse will walk at about 4 miles per hour so you should allow AT LEAST 20 minutes to walk to the XC warm-up area. You will be given at least one hour between your SJ and XC times (1hour 20 minutes for the Novice class) so please use it wisely. The walk is mostly on sand tracks but there are some short hard-core tracks also. We suggest you do not stud-up until you reach the XC start field.

Access to the parking area –CW12 4SN

Please note, we will be using an entrance which is adjacent to the main parking area NOT THE SOMERFORD PARK FARM main entrance. This entrance (a 14 foot field gate) is just over half a  mile south of the main SPF entrance on the left hand side as you travel toward Congleton from junction 18 of the M6 through Holmes Chapel – use postcode CW12 4SN not the usual SPF postcode (CW12 4SW) for Satnavs. DO NOT TURN INTO THE MAIN ENTRANCE – THERE IS NO VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE SHOWGROUND. There will be warning signs prior to the entrance so please slow down well before you get to the gate. The A54 is a single carriageway road and although visibility is reasonable you do need to prepare for a 90’ turn. Approaching from the south, from the Congleton direction, the gateway is just over half a mile from the Chelford Road / Sandy Lane off-set crossroads on the right-hand side and again will be signed. The turn in will be a little easier but you will have to look out for oncoming traffic.


All normal facilities will be provided (Public catering/Toilets/Vet/Paramedic etc.) but there will NOT be a farrier on site.


A draft timetable is set out below for guidance. All classes will start with Area 5 teams followed by Area 5 individuals, then Area 4 teams and Area 4 individuals in that order on the basis of furthest to travel go last where circumstances permit.

Regards … Geoff

T I M E T A B L E (approximate and subject to change)

  Class 1PC90 Class 2PC100 Class 3PC Open Class 4
Dressage A & B 8.30 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. A & B 11.30 a.m.–1.12 p.m. 1.30 p.m. – 2.40 p.m.
Show Jumping 10.10 a.m. – 11.50 a.m. 1.00 p.m.– 2.00 p.m. 2.45 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Cross Country 11.30 a.m.– 1.15 p.m. 2.00 p.m.- 3.00 p.m. 3.45 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.
Numbers 1 – 52 201 – 234 301 – 313

Berwyn and Dee – Vyrnwy Valley RC Charity Beginners One Day Event

Berwyn & Dee Branch of the Pony Club & Vyrnwy Valley Riding Club Charity Beginners One Day Event

  • To be Held at Daywell Manor, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY10 7EJ
  • Saturday 30th July 2016
  • Entries NOW close 22nd July  or sooner if fully subscribed


  • All ages as at 1st January 2016
  • Classes 1-4 are strictly for beginners and are intended to encourage riders to compete in One Day Events.
  • Winning or being placed in any of these classes does not change the competitor’s status from Novice.

CLASS 1 BEGINNERS ANY AGE (can be lead rein)

  • PC D level 1 Dressage Test (Walk and Trot) max height of jumps 50 cms
  • Outside assistance is permitted in this class only


  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test
  • (May be commanded/called)

CLASS 3 … 11 TO 14 YEARS

  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test
  • (To be ridden from Memory)

CLASS 4 … 15 Years and over– Novice Rider

  • PC introductory 2007 Dressage Test (to be ridden from memory)
  • This class is aimed at any PC/RC member or adult who has very limited experience.
  • Those competing who are not members of a pony club must provide valid insurance cover (to be recorded on entry form)


  • PC C Level 2 Dressage Test (to be ridden from memory)
  • Rider may be any age
  • This class is aimed at horses/ponies that have never previously completed an ODE other than beginners
  • The Lead Rein Class will be run over the smaller course
  • Dressage tests available to download from
  • Entry Fee: £35.00 or £28 for Berwyn & Dee PC or Vyrnwy Valley RC members
  • No Entries accepted without payment
  • Telephone entries will not be accepted