Course title:

Cross Country Course Designers and Coaches Day with Adrian Ditcham - Somerford Park Farm, Cheshire

  • Role
    Coach, Official
    Course Start Date
    Course Finish Date
    Closing Date For Bookings
    £10.00 - Accredited BE Official
    £20.00 - Non Accredited
    Places Available
  • Course Content

    This course, taking place the day prior to the Spring BE fixture at Somerford Park, will focus on cross country design and the challenges the designers are hoping to set for the riders at grassroots level. 
    It will be a very useful course for any level of Course Designer and Coach as it will also focus on coaching riders to tackle the cross country tests set by the designer.

    Adrian will lead the course and we will be joined by Andrew Heffernan in the afternoon as he is the Course Designer for the Spring BE fixture at Somerford Park. 

  • Trainer

    Adrian Ditcham has extensive experience in the equestrian world. Adrian was a keen rider through out his youth. He successfully trained at the renowned Talland School of Equitation, becoming a qualified riding instructor and competed regularly at Horse Trials, up to Intermediate level.

    Adrian owns and runs DHA Equestrian Services a Limited Company (established in 1990) predominantly dealing with the design and construction of Cross Country Courses, both in the UK and abroad. Adrian is a British Eventing A listed Designer, and platinum listed Course Builder, with a wide range of design and build experience.

    As well as extensive build experience Adrian has a business background too, with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business and Finance and experience in project and brand management. 

    Working alongside build and design commitments Adrian is a British Eventing (BE) Technical Adviser, South East Regional Co-ordinator and member of the BE Safety Committee and Cross Country Advisory Group. Adrian was a Technical Official in 2006 at the Asian Games in Doha, and is a current Technical Sector Steward at Badminton Horse Trials, as well as being their Assistant TD in 2010.

    British Eventing accredited trainer, Andrew Heffernan has an excellent reputation not only as an instructor but also for matching the right horse to all types of riders - from intro to international level. Leading riders regularly call on Andrew to advise on their training and to source talented horses. Based at Somerford Park Farm in Cheshire, one of the country's leading equestrian schooling venues, he offers training on all weather surfaces and a superb 80 acre cross country course with fences from 2'6" up to Advanced height which include all types of obstacles you are likely to meet at competition.

  • Facilities

    The morning will be classroom based in one of the pavillions at Somerford Park.

    During the afternoon we will be walking the courses as set for the BE Horse Trials taking place over the following two days. 

  • Timings

    It is aniticipated the day will run from 0930 - 1530. Exact timings and details will be emailed to participants prior to the date.

  • Parking

    There is hard standing to park adjacent to the pavillion.

  • Refreshments

    Coffee and Tea will be provided on arrival but please bring your own lunch or you can purchase lunch from the cafe on site.

  • Kit Required

    You will need suitable clothing for course walking in the afternoon.

  • Additional Information

    If you have a Professional listing, are a BE TA or Steward or are on our Course Design Scholarship you may attend this course free of charge. Please email to book on to the course directly.


Somerford Park Farm
Somerford Park Farm,
Holmes Chapel Road,
CW12 4SW,
United Kingdom
North Wales and West Midlands