Course title:

Commentator and Controller Taster Day with Richard Connelly - Bradwall Manor, Cheshire

  • Role
    Official, Volunteer
    Course Start Date
    Course Finish Date
    Closing Date For Bookings
    Places Available
  • Course Content

    A fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes in the cross country control box at a horse trials. So much more than commentary alone. The control box is the nerve centre of the cross country phase and is staffed by controllers, commentators and provisional scorers who manage the flow of competitors around the course and provide the flow of information regarding their progress and final scores.

    The day will include detailed information regarding the role of the controller and commentator, a guide to communications planning and set up, a course walk to include a visit to the 'live' control box, a role play session, opportunity for open discussion and advice on how to proceed further if you are interested in training for this fascinating role. 

  • Trainer

    Richard Connelly started competing with British Eventing at grassroots level in 2005, competing up to Novice level and also quickly became a volunteer alongside competing. At a BE fence judge training day, Richard was introduced to the roles of controlling and commentating, and started training in these roles, thrown into the deep end with commentary within an hour of arriving at Weston Park Horse Trials.  Trained by Paul Hagerty, Richard has controlled and commentated at events across the UK from BE80(T) to 3* level and in 2014 became a controller mentor for BE.  Richard now leads teams at a number of BE, BRC and FEI events as well as working in long established teams; his voice can be heard at events across the North West, Midlands and beyond.  With over 11 years of experience behind him, Richard is passionate about expanding the pool of high quality commentator/controllers in the region and sharing this unusual, but fulfilling role with others.

  • Facilities

    The course will be run in a classroom environment adjacent to the Horse Trials site but will involve a course walk so outdoor gear will be needed in addition.

  • Timings

    The course will last all day and begin at 10.00am

  • Parking

    There is plenty of parking on site at the horse trials. 

  • Refreshments

    There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch from the varied range of food outlets at the Horse Trials or bring your own if preferred. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.

  • Kit Required

    Writing equipment would be useful and as mentioned above the course includes a cross country walk so outdoor gear will be needed.

  • Additional Information

    This day course is being offered free of charge by kind permission of the Bradwall Horse Trials team.


Bradwall Manor
Bradwall Manor,
Nr Sandbach,
CW11 1RF,
United Kingdom
North Wales and West Midlands