Belsay Horse Trials launches new show jumping arena with invitational schooling event
Well it appears that the organisers of Belsay Horse Trials really have put good money down the drain. That was the conclusion of eight regional event riders who came to test ride the new arena last week complete with its state of the art sports drainage system, which was installed last Autumn. The test event comes just six weeks before this year’s horse trials, which take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015 and are once again supported by a stellar list of local companies led by headline sponsor Barbour, Show Jumping Arena sponsors Bond Dickinson, and platinum sponsors UBS, Cussins, Ryecroft Glenton and Benfield.
Local event riders Jamie Atkinson, Will Murray, Mark Jackson, Katherine Hague, Jay Ryder and Adam Gillespie plus Scottish riders Emily Galbraith and Louise Clark brought a couple of horses each to jump over a course of jumps built by BS and BE accredited builder Keith McVittie. British Eventing’s Jane Peters, Chairman of Under 18 Eventing, Fran Hay-Smith, Regional Co-ordinator, and Rory Boswell, Technical Advisor and Cross Country Course Builder, were on hand to watch together with local equestrian coaches and representatives of local pony clubs the Tynedale, Morpeth, South Northumberland and Percy.
Jamie Atkinson who has represented Great Britain on all the young rider teams and now specialises in producing top young event horses from his yard near Durham, said: “The team at Belsay have done a super job – the new drainage system has really worked and the ground has a fantastic spring to it. All the horses jumped beautifully. It is so nice to see people putting time and effort into creating a top class natural surface.”
Trainer John Hill, who coaches many up and coming riders in the North as well as attendee Emily Galbraith, one of Scotland’s leading riders, was also at the event: “The new Show Jumping Arena at Belsay looks fantastic and rode really well. We are lucky to have a venue like this in the north with organisers who are prepared to invest in it.”
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