Posted on 14th September 2020

Final Call for Little Downham Entries

With ballot date for the Childeric Saddles Little Downham International Horse Trials looming the event prepares for its inaugural CCI4*-S fixture this October.


The fixtures offer competition for all levels of eventing with a full range of classes from BE80(T) to CCI4*-S, showing just how inclusive both the sport and the event are. Ballot date is Tuesday 15th September at 12 noon and riders are encouraged to enter prior to this time. 

The timetable of classes has been worked to allow competitors the best level of access to classes, not only at Little Downham but taking other events running at the same time into consideration.

“I am really looking forward to Little Downham International, especially now it has a 4 star. It is fab that I can take all the young horses as well as my top horses and it is supported by my wonderful long-term sponsors Childeric. The courses are always tough but fair and they always look after the ground so well. I have 2 special horses entered for the big class and I can’t wait to give it a good crack! "commented British Olympian, and Childeric Saddles brand champion, Gemma Tattersall.

The venue’s July and August fixtures received much praise in regard to the slick and safe running of the events, management of the warmup areas and the going. With Grade 1 peat soil, Little Downham is confident in delivering the very best going and will utilise all of the space available to them to deliver different courses and tracks for the different levels. Volunteers and officials also praised the event for being among the leaders in the technical revolution of the sport, embracing their own judging app development to minimise contact points and further the sustainability for the future of the sport. 

“Our national level events in July and August ran very smoothly and we’re hoping for a repeat this October. We invested heavily in our new 4* track, along with other areas of the course, over the winter and we’re just pleased to be able to keep running in this difficult and turbulent time. We’re very much hoping that riders of all levels will support this fixture and enable up to finish the season on a high.” – Tina Ure, landowner and organiser at Little Downham.

With sport still running behind closed doors spectators will be unable to attend. The event is therefore delighted to confirm that the feature CCI4*-S class, along with the national level Advanced, Intermediate, Intermediate Under-21 and Novice classes, will be live streamed via Horse & Country TV on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th October.

“It is really important to us to showcase what the sport has to offer and give some additional exposure to our loyal, and new, sponsors. We’re therefore delighted to be working with Horse & Country TV to offer a livestream service for all of the cross country on Monday and Tuesday of the event.” Sarah Skillin, Marketing & Media Manager for the event.

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