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Tanatside EXPRESS EVENTING

Tanatside Hunt Branch Pony Club

EXPRESS EVENTING OPEN TO ALL

Plus, dressage only

Sunday 15th July 2018

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

We will run under 30cm, 40cm, 60cm, then finish with 80cm class

Multiple entries encouraged, to build confidence.

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018 – Third Bulletin

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018

Third Bulletin – Wednesday 4th July 2018

PLEASE NOTE:

Contrary to scurrilous rumours we are not:

  1. Moving the event to the following weekend;
  2. Stopping the event for 2 hours at 3 p.m.; or
  3. Erecting a big screen in the centre of the SJ arena.

Times

The times for the competition are attached and will soon be published on the East Cheshire BPC website. The document attached is a Microsoft Excel document divided into sheets. Each sheet contains a single Class and Sections. The Class/Section you are interested in can be accessed by clicking on the tab in the bottom left hand corner of the document.

If you discover any errors or omissions, please let me know immediately.

We have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible but a few which came in very late in the day we have not been able to deal with before the allocation of times. There may be an opportunity to address any outstanding requests on the day but if not, my apologies.

We have our largest entry ever and it is very important that the event runs to time. I would ask that all competitors ensure that they are at their allotted  arena or course start point in good time – if you arrive early we will try to slot you in if there is a natural gap but priority will be given to those presenting on time.

Declaration

  • On arrival on site you will need to declare at the Secretary’s Marquee – alongside the Show Jumping Arena – and pay £10 for the bib-deposit.
  • We do require all riders to use the XC bib issued by the Event Secretary. It is most important that you declare – you will not be allowed to commence any phase of the competition until you have done so.
  • If you decide to withdraw – please let us know as soon as possible – even on the day – it is very frustrating to be waiting for riders who have decided not to compete further.

We have decided that we will NOT surcharge for the course watering but as this may impact upon the amount of our donation to the Air Ambulance, we would ask you to be generous with your donations. Last year we were able to send £2000 to the AA and we would like to at least meet that this year. However the cost of watering the course will severely impact upon our ability to do so unless you are generous.

Results

We will try to get scores & results out as quickly as possible after the conclusion of each class but we would ask you to understand how complex the scoring is for this competition. There are, in fact 7 separate competitions in each class. We have an overall Cheshire Shield Team and Individual competition for PC members and a CS individual competition for non-PC riders. Additionally there are separate qualifying team and individual competitions for Area 4 and Area 5 members and for Area 3 members in the PC110 (Open). I am, as ever, very grateful to our team of scorers who have been closely involved in the build up to the event to try to ensure things run smoothly on the day. We have a total of 52 teams entered and over 280 riders!

Weather

You cannot have missed the fact that we are enjoying(?) one of the hottest and driest periods on record. We last had serious rain in Somerford on the 16th June and there is none forecast before the weekend. SPF have spent much time and money on watering the course during the last week and we have already announced that about one and half million litres of water will be applied on Friday – the cost of this alone will be about £2000. We will share this cost with SPF and Area 3 RC’s who compete on the following day.

Please ensure you keep yourself and your horse/pony well hydrated and use plenty of sunscreen.

Dress

  • We would ask ALL competitors, both PC and non-PC alike, to conform to the following guidelines on dress:
  • Jackets need not be worn for either the Dressage or Show Jumping phases of the competition, however we would expect all riders taking advantage of this rule relaxation to wear a sleeved white shirt – no sleeveless shirts please – and either PC ties or stocks.
  • We highly recommend the wearing of sleeved shirts or skins for the XC phase although the PC rules only require shoulders to be covered.
  • Please dress smartly (ideally white shirts) for prize giving although hats need not be worn.

XC Courses

The whole course, which is looking remarkably good given the lack of rain, will have a final inspection on Friday morning and will be available for walking from 2 p.m. on Friday. It may be possible to walk earlier but only with the permission of SPF and at your own risk of changes up to 2 p.m. When walking, please be considerate of others AND KEEP DOGS ON A LEAD, park considerately and prettily on the right hand side of the track to ensure you do not block space or access for trade stands and infrastructure. Also – beware of the tractors and tankers spraying water on the course. They travel very slowly (about 1.5 mph) but are also very heavy (about 20 tonnes in all).

The course times and distances are attached and course maps can be accessed here

NEW RULE WARNING – please note – the XC start/finish judges will be on the look-out for riders deliberately slowing down after the final fence – to do so could incur 10 penalties.

Please note, there are no ‘L’ fences on any of the courses but there is one ‘Black Flag’ alternative fence on the PC110 at fence 9C – the Carrot Box.

There is a water tank at the XC finish, adjacent to the collecting ring. This is for the use of riders and horses which have completed the course – please do not use it unless you have completed your XC phase.

I hope you have a wonderful and successful day – and catch the match later in the day.

Good Luck … Geoff Bell … District Commissioner

Email:G.Bell@stevenssolicitors.co.uk
25 Chelford Road
Somerford
Congleton
 Mobile 07540721155 Office 01782344200
Cheshire CW12 4QD  Home  01260272122  Fax  01782599321

Cheshire Shield SATURDAY 7th July 2018

Second Bulletin –29th June 2018

Receipt of this email confirms that – YOUR ENTRY HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

We have experienced an unprecedented number of entries this year which has resulted in us having to take the decision not to run a Non-Pony Club section in Class 2 – the 90. In doing so we have had to disappoint over 30 riders, many of whom have been coming to the Cheshire Shield competition for several years. We are very grateful to our friends running the Area 3 Riding Club event the following day, Sunday the 8th, for agreeing to take all those who chose to transfer.

Nevertheless we have a very busy day ahead of us with over 280 entries– our largest to date – and all Pony Club entries received have been accommodated. They are divided as follows:

  • Class 1        (PC80) – 4 Pony Cub Arenas and one non-PC Arena – about 130 riders;
  • Class 2        (PC90) – 4 Pony Club Arenas – about 80 riders;
  • Class 3      (PC100) –2 Pony Club Arenas and one non-PC Arena – about 46 riders;
  • Class 4       (PCOpen-110)  – 1 Arena accommodating a total of 25 entries.

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

 

  • Class 1, sections A, B, C & D: Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals, Area 4 individuals and other PC individuals;
  • Class 1, section E: non-PC individuals;
  • Class 2, sections A, B, C & D:  Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals, Area 4 individuals, other PC individuals and Open90 individuals;
  • Class 3, sections A & B  Area 5 teams, followed by Area 4 teams, Area 5 individuals and Area 4 individuals and non-PC individuals;
  • Class 3, section C: non-PC individuals;
  • Class 4, sections A, B, C & D: Area 4 teams & individuals; Area 3 teams & individuals; Area 5 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. 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 8.00 a.m.– 11.00 a.m. 11.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. 1.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Show Jumping 8.40 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. 12.30 p.m.– 3.00 p.m. 3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Cross Country 9.50 a.m.– 1.10 p.m. 1.40 p.m. – 3.40 p.m. 4.00 p.m. – 5.05 p.m. 5.30 p.m. – 6.10 p.m.
Numbers 1 – 140 201 – 290 301 – 350 401 – 450

 

The full timetable will be published on the East Cheshire website at 6 p.m. on Wednesday the 4th July and will be emailed to all those receiving this email.

A note about the weather and ground conditions

The current hot and sunny weather seems set to continue until at least after the weekend of the competition. Unsurprisingly the ground conditions might be described as firm to hard. In order to address this and present the best conditions achievable in the circumstances, the XC course is already being watered. Furthermore, we have been liaising with Somerford Park Farm and Area 3 of the Riding Club who will use the same course the following day, and agreed that we will jointly finance the application of 15,000 cubic metres of water (at 1000 litres per cubic metre that is a lot of water)  onto the XC course on Friday 6th alone. This will involve the hiring of three tankers, tractors and drivers to deliver about 110 loads during a 12 -14 hour day. Needless to say, the total cost will run into the thousands of pounds. I am sure you will understand if we decide that it is necessary to impose a starting levy per rider which will not exceed £5.

We would also ask that you take sensible precautions for riders, spectators and horses. There will be a water tank at the XC start – finish for cooling off horses. Please use sensibly and sparingly. Also, please ensure you have plenty of water and sunscreen for riders, grooms and supoorters.

For further advice – see http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/news/item/news_cold_water_cooling_for_hot_horses

Reminder about clothing and tack

Pony Club members: Please ensure you have a correctly tagged hat and ensure you comply with all dress/tack rules/requirements.

Non-PC members: there will be no formal tack check but please ensure all your tack, hats and equipment are in good order and comply with safety requirements.

Pony Club HQ have offered the following advice:

In exceptionally hot weather members do not have to wear jackets to compete in show jumping. However, they MUST wear long sleeves, and either a PC tie or stock. No short sleeved shirts/stock tops will be allowed. Parents are requested to please make sure that all children and ponies are kept well hydrated throughout the day.

Transport issues – Congleton Carnival

For those approaching Somerford from the direction of Congleton, please be aware that roads in and around the town centre will be closed between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday the 7th – see http://www.congletoncarnival.co.uk/procession.html

Regards

Geoff (Bell)
District Commissioner

CHNPC One Day Event for all …. including non PC

NEWCOMERS ONE DAY EVENT

ODE OPEN TO PONY CLUB & RIDING CLUB/NON PC MEMBERS

SMALLWOOD LIVERY CENTRE, SMALLWOOD, CHESHIRE, CW11 2XE

by kind permission of Mr & Mrs I Morris

Saturday 9th June 2018

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.

  • 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 – 10 & Under – Beginners 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 3* – (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 j.deakin@stb.academy by the District Commissioner.
  • CLASS 4 – (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 5 – (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 3-5 Dressage Test – Pony Club Grassroots Dressage Test 2018 Test cannot be commanded, (called).

  •  CLASS 6 – Height of fences: approx – 70cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 13 years & under – Never to have completed a One Day Event.
  • CLASS 7 – Height of fences: approx – 70cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 13 years & under – Never placed 1st – 4th in a One Day Event
  • CLASS 8 – Height of fences: approx – 70cms (XC & SJ)
    Open to RC/Non PC members. Evidence of third party insurance must be shown.

 Classes 6, 7 & 8 Dressage – Pony Club Grassroots Dressage Test 2018. Test can be commanded, (called).

  •  CLASS 9 – Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 10 years & under – Never to have completed a One Day Event.
  • CLASS 10 – Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)    

PC members 10 years & under – Never placed 1st – 4th in a One Day Event.

  • CLASS 11 Height of fences: approx 60cms (XC & SJ)
    PC members 11 – 13 years – Never to have completed a One Day Event.
  • CLASS 12 – (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 9 – 12 Dressage Test – Pony Club Introductory Dressage Test 2007. Test can be commanded, (called).

South Shropshire Hunt Branch of the Pony Club ONE DAY EVENT

Sunday 8th July 2018

BERRIEWOOD FARM, CONDOVER, SHREWSBURY, SY5 7NN.

Entries Secretary … Bethan Owen
Email: southshropshireentries@outlook.com
Phone : 01691 682 666 or 07971 466 098
Address : 22 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, Shropshire. SY10 8 BY

ENTRIES BY EQUO (Preferred method) or by post with cheque to SSHBPC

Joint Organisers … Mr S Hemming & Mrs K Callcut

Opening Date – 7th April 2018
Closing Date – Monday 2nd July 2018

Late entries will be accepted if there is room – £10 surcharge

Times – Thursday 5th July 2018 7pm-9pm on 07971 466098 or 01691 682 666

branches.pcuk.org/southshropshire/ or www.berriewood.co.uk

Cross Country course will be available to walk between 2pm – 8pm on Saturday 7th July 2018

BEGINNERS MINI ONE DAY …. Modified

This Post has been MODIFIED at 21.10 on Friday 28th July.! The Schedule has been UPDATED! Please re-download! Thank You!!!

  • When … Monday, 7 Aug 2017
  • Where … THE GREAVES, THREAPWOOD, MALPAS, SY14 7AR (map)
  • By kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Bob Carter…

CLASSES:

  1. Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross-Country: Riders 12 years and under – lead rein and assisted
  2. Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross-Country: Riders 8 years and under – unassisted.
  3. Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross-Country: Riders 12 years and under – unassisted.
  • Class 1 – Dressage D Level Walk Trot Test
  • Classes 2 & 3 – Dressage Grassroots 2016
  • Show jumping not exceeding 45cm
  • Class 1 65cm
  • Class 2 75cm
  • Class 3
  • AGE: as at 1st January 2017

AWARDS: Rosettes for overall prize winners of each Class to 6th place.

  • ENTRIES: Closing date 4th August 2017 – NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY
  • Classes 1, 2 & 3: £20
  • To be sent to: Mrs Jancis Tulloch, New House Farm, Coed-yr-allt, ST MARTINS SY11 3DR
  • Dressage sheet will be sent out if entry form is sent in with an s.a.e
  • TIMES will be available on the web site from 2pm on 6th August

South Shropshire PC ONE DAY EVENT 70, 80 and 90 classes

Sunday 9th July 2017 Berriewood Farm, Condover, Shrewsbury, SY5 7NN.

Entries Secretary: Bethan Owen
Email: southshropshireentries@outlook.com
Phone : 01691 682 666 or 07971 466 098
Address : 22 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, SY10 8BY

ENTRIES BY EQUO (Preferred method Click Here) or by post with cheque to SSHBPC

Joint Organisers: Mr S Hemming & Mrs K Varley

Opening Date 8th April 2017
Closing Date Monday 3rd  July 2017

Late entries will be accepted if there is room – £10 surcharge

Times:
Thursday 6th July 2017 19:00 -21:00 on 07971 466098 or 01691 682 666
www.pcuk.org/southshropshire or www.berriewood.co.uk

Cross Country course will be available to walk between 2pm – 8pm on Saturday 8th July 2017

  • Class 1 – 70 cm (Open to All)
    Dressage: Pony Club Grassroots Dressage Test 2016
    Show Jumping: 75cm
    Cross Country:  70cm
  • Class 2 – 80 cm (Open To All)
    Dressage: Pony Club 90 Eventing Test 2013
    Show Jumping: 85cm
    Cross Country: 80cm to be run over an amended BE 80 Level Training Course
  • Class 3 – 90 cm (Open To All)
    Dressage: Pony Club 90 Eventing Test 2013
    Show Jumping:  95cm
    Cross Country: 90cm to be run over an amended BE 90 Level Training Course

Classes will be divided into sections according to entries Dressage Tests are available on Pony Club Website

Entry Fee: £45 (£35 SSHPC)*. There is a £5 First Aid Fee to be paid on the day at the secretary. All entries must be accompanied by the correct entry fee. Proof of insurance or membership must be sent with entry or emailed as described below – you will not be able to compete unless we have this.

Preferred method of entry is via Equo. If entering by post, cheques should be made payable to SSHBPC. Please put the name of horse and class number on the back of cheque.

*[if entered via Equo, this includes the Equo booking fee]

Cheshire Hunt North ODE

CHESHIRE HUNT NORTH BRANCH OF THE PONY CLUB NEWCOMERS ONE DAY EVENT

ODE OPEN TO PONY CLUB & RIDING CLUB/NON PC MEMBERS

SMALLWOOD LIVERY CENTRE
SMALLWOOD
CHESHIRE,
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 www.cheshirehuntnorthpc.com 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 j.deakin@stb.coop

Refreshments will be available

CLASS 4 IS OPEN TO RIDING CLUB/NON PC MEMBERS OF ANY AGE. ALL OTHER CLASSES ARE ONLY OPEN TO PONY CLUB MEMBERS

  • 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 j.deakin@stb.coop 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).

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 …. )

26-Acre-Map-2

Map

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.

Teams

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

Souvenirs

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

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.

Dressage

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.

Facilities

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

Time-table

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