Bicton Arena ground management update ahead of April’s BE horse trials
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Bicton 30 Mar 17

Bicton Arena ground management update ahead of April’s BE horse trials

Bicton Arena Press Release

A significant investment in ground management at Bicton Arena means the grass show jumping arenas, where the CIC2* dressage and show jumping will be staged, and the cross country courses, are in superb condition ahead of its international horse trials which run from April 21 to 23.

The TopSpec Main Arena underwent a major overhaul at the end of the 2016 season following extensive assessment by the turf regeneration leaders STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute). Renovation began immediately following the last competition of the 2016 season when the arena was re-levelled before being hollow cored, dressed with 125 tonnes of Preston Manor sand and over-seeded. It has then been regularly verti-drained when temperatures have allowed with a Terra Spike Verti-Drain that was purchased last autumn.

Arena Manager Helen West said: “Investing in the going here at Bicton Arena has been a key priority of mine. It takes many years and a considerable amount of money to produce top horses, which we need to keep sound. I have been impressed with the results achieved by the verti-drain machine at other venues, and am thrilled with the effect it is having here.

“The regular deep spiking and aeration is without doubt, the pre-requisite for healthy root growth. Once the ground is decompacted, the roots can penetrate deeper into the ground thus making better use of water and nutrients.

“With a mild winter behind us, grass growth is already significant, and our winter management regime has made quite a difference.”