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My BE80(T) story


Kate Sanderson BE80Regular BE80(T) competitor, Kate Sanderson (22) from Northumberland, enjoyed a successful 2015 season and shares her advice and experience on entering the BE80(T)training competitions.


A couple of years ago when I was new to eventing I had very little idea on what to expect at a BE competition, at the time BE80(T) was a fairly new class and it seemed a no brainer to purchase a Day Pass for myself and the horse to experience the day and competition without too much pressure. I have since used BE80(T) classes for young horses, or horses with little competition experience to see how they handled the atmosphere without the height of the fences being an issue or worry.


Having access to a Coach can be very beneficial, especially for those last minute questions or queries. It is even handier for those with little assistance or for those who have possibly travelled on their own. They're always in the warm ups and are able to give super last minute advice on the final few minutes of warm up, it can totally transform the horses way of going in an instant.


The Coaches are there for a reason, so I would advise making the most of their knowledge and advice! I've certainly missed an opportunity or two at some BE80(T)'s from not asking the Coaches for some advice.


There is a super friendly atmosphere at BE80(T)! It certainly makes the day a lot more enjoyable, and more stress-free if you are one to get worried/nervous in a competition atmosphere. It's also a superb way of being able to introduce a horse to BE if you are unsure about any qualms -that applies to the rider too! On top of that it saves the need to buy a BE membership for both horse and rider, as with a Day Pass it allows you a couple of runs to see if you want to take the plunge and become a Full Member!


There is nothing worse than running late or being rushed off your feet. Give yourself plenty of time. Familiarise yourself with the surroundings, where the various arenas/warm ups are. Allow time for any small things such as hat tagging, collecting your number, passport checks etc. and always allow longer to walk the course(s) in case there is something you aren't sure about and need to double check, or attend the BE Coach course walk which is excellent value! If you allow yourself more time the day definitely becomes more relaxed. And importantly remember there will be plenty of other people in the same boat as you too, so don't be afraid to ask questions and socialise - BE80(T) classes have some of the best and most friendly atmospheres around!