Great Witchingham attracts another quality line-up

David Sayer, organiser of the Great Witchingham Horse Trials.

David Sayer, organiser of the Great Witchingham Horse Trials. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2009

Great Witchingham International is back for a second time this year running tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday with another show stopping line-up, full of international riders trying to claim ultimate victory in the CIC*.

David Sayer, owner, course builder and event director of the venue has been a dedicated ambassador to the sport of Horse Trials for many years.

After the destructive weather last year that cancelled two days of competition and yet again earlier this year when one day of competition was rescheduled due to snow, David will be looking forward to a weekend of predicted wonderful weather.

A unique aspect to the summer event is the special use of the water meadows, which are only used for the second event of the year.

Due to the bad weather last year the meadows couldn't be used, so all competitors will be keen to get out onto the new part of the course which hasn't been seen for a couple of seasons.

International classes will take place on the Friday through to Saturday with top competitors including Laurence Hunt and Piggy French taking part.

The wonderful hacking and tracks that surround Blackwater Farm will also be playing a major role at this summer's event. The BE100 3DE will be commencing on Friday, a special event held only at a select number of affiliated venues across the country. The event follows a traditional three-day event format, formally used at top International competitions.

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Competitors will compete in the standard dressage and showjumping phases but will do three sections on the cross-country day; roads and tracks, steeplechase and the cross-country course.

The organisers have assured competitors that showjumping arenas will be watered due to the hot weather and have described the water meadows as 'very springy with plenty of give, so giving the best possible going for this time of year.'

Mr Sayer added: 'There are three natural water jumps in each class, over and along the Blackwater river, which is a major feature at Gt. Witchingham Horse Trials.'

After the success in hosting the first ever BE80(T) class at the venue in March, the class is back again and has attracted a huge field yet again.

On top of all the equestrian action, there will be equestrian and food stands for eager shoppers to take advantage of.

Don't miss any of the weekend action. Both days start with dressage at 8am, show jumping at 9am and cross country at 10am with the last horse to go across country at 6pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. Admission is £10 per car, to include a programme, or £5 for a car with a single occupant.

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