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New field development

16-August-2017
16-August-2017 11:07
in General
by Admin

30th April 2020

Progress has been slow but progressive. Premission has been granted and the Cross Country Schooling facility is being created. Landscaping started last September, then we had the wettest winter ever!! Work was delayed from November through till March. However, the Covid-19 has struck putting us all into lockdown. Work on the field has slowed but with the lockdown planned to be lightened in mid May we hope this will start back up to complete the ground works.

We have half our car park full of some 50 cross country jumps, just waiting to be placed out, dressed and ready to jump.

Our plan to be open in the Spring 2020 didnt happen, however not much is happening anyway in 2020, so watch this space!

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Since the purchase of the new field at the end of March 2017, we have been busy creating plans to develop it into a first-class cross-country training facility for the South East of England. We are working closely with James Willis from the Willis Brothers, builders of the Badminton Cross Country course for the past 15 years as well as the Rio Olympic course builders in 2016.

Once permission is granted, work will start to transform the 23-acre field into a high-class cross-country training facility that will accommodate riders and teams, both national and international, competing at Novice/1* and above.

The cross-country training course will have a large water complex, mounds, steps, ditches, hollows and banks over undulating ground, all with the purpose of safely teaching rhythm and balance with speed over educational jumps, testing the riders’ ability and their horses’ confidence. Along with the cross-country training course there is a proposed 6-furlong gallop track and a large, two level show jumping/eventers challenge open arena.

The course will be blended into the surrounding countryside with trees and hedging to soften the views. The grass arena, training fences and gallop track will be continually maintained to keep the ideal consistent surface for training.