Posted on 21st June 2019

High praise for Stratford Hills Horse Trials

The Stratford Hills Horse Trials attracted praise and support from senior international riders and grassroots competitors alike for “proper cross country courses”, “the best ground I’d ever seen” and “the organisers and volunteers were simply brilliant”.


In its seventeenth running, Stratford Hills Horse Trials (15-16 June 2019), ran with one of its smallest fields, but attracted much praise from riders of all levels.  Benefitting from the extensive rain, that caused other events to abandon, the Suffolk event ran with the best ground they had ever seen.

Novice Regional Final winner, Francis Whittington (pictured) made his first trip to Stratford Hills this weekend, making it a successful one with Sarah Arrowsmith’s Brother Bertie, and Equimatter’s Monbeg Malvo finishing third in the same section.

Francis commented; “A truly lovely event with really good terrain that makes for an exciting and proper cross country course. We were super happy with the outcome as we made a plan to come here and everything went to plan. The organisation and the volunteers were just brilliant and we’re already looking forward to coming back next year.”

Regular visitor to Stratford Hills, Matthew Heath, had mixed success with a third in Novice section G with Rum Punch and fourth in the BE90Open with Spring Rock, but still took to social media to lavish praise on the event and would encourage other riders to make the journey.

Matthew Heath commented; “I really don’t know why more people don’t support Stratford Hills, it is one of the friendliest and accommodating events on the circuit with easy access straight off a main road. The courses are great with the hills presenting a good challenge.  There is always a good grass cover and this year was the best ground I’d ever seen. I’ve been coming for a number of years and will continue to make the effort to come, no matter where I’m based.”

Stratford Hills yet again set out to raise money for charity, with the 2019 chosen cause being Bloodwise. Looking to raise money for research projects, into blood cancer, being carried out in Cambridge where the late Sir William Aldous was be treated. Sir William was a key supporter of Stratford Hills as well as being a previous British Eventing Chairman.

Organiser, Gillie Cranfield commented; “Although disappointed with the entries, we were very pleased with the feedback from the competitors and spectators. We run solely for charity and I would like to thank all my superb volunteers and British Eventing officials who helped to provide a very happy and smooth event.”

The event would like to give thanks to the loyal support of long term sponsors – notably local insurance company Carriagehouse, and others including Scrutton Bland, as well as new support from Savills and Beaufort & Blake clothing.