Great Britain's David Evans to build Tokyo 2020 cross country track
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Blenheim Course Builder receives award for lifetime achievement 29 Jun 17

Great Britain's David Evans to build Tokyo 2020 cross country track

It is with great excitement that Great Britain’s David Evans has been appointed as the course builder for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The popular course designer and builder will bring with him a huge amount of experience having been involved with the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for 10 years. No stranger to Olympic cross country courses, David and his team built the track of the Mike Etherington-Smith designed course for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and will be taking on the build for Tokyo 2020 designer Derek di Grazia.

David, who lives locally to Blenheim in Oxfordshire, has also worked on events such as Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth, Equi-Trek Bramham and The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcome as well the European CCI4*, Luhmühlen, Germany.

In 2016, he was appointed to design Blenheim’s CIC3* track, and in 2017 he has taken over the CCI3* course at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the first time.

Event Director Mandy Hervieu said; “I am delighted that David and his excellent team have been awarded this prestigious contract for Tokyo. Blenheim’s cross country courses are superbly built and beautifully presented, with outstanding attention to detail.”

David Evans added; “It is a great honour to be involved in Tokyo 2020. I have just visited the site with Derek – it is fantastic and involves very interesting terrain. The organising committee are very welcoming and are doing everything in their power to help us.”

This is the first time David has worked with Derek, and, as well as Tokyo 2020, he is designing the track at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018 and has been in charge of the course at Kentucky CCI4* since 2011.


Image: David receiving a lifetime achievement award at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials