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.