NAF extends its generosity with the South West’s leading equestrian venue Bicton Arena by sponsoring the BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events that will take place at the October International Horse Trials (20-24 October 2021).
2021 will be the fourth consecutive year that Bicton has run the BE100 traditional long format competition across its stunning Grade One Listed Park, which has proved to be an extremely popular class and a highlight in many amateur event rider’s calendars. The BE90 3 Day pilot class, which was recently awarded to Bicton following a competitive tender process, will be the first to run at any British Eventing venue.
“We are so grateful to NAF for extending their support, who already sponsor the NAF Five Star Arena, our fantastic 90m x 50m pro-wax competition arena. The BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events are the perfect opportunity for NAF to reach passionate, grassroots competitors and we look forward to an exciting weekend of competition later in the season,” said Bicton Arena’s Manager, Helen West.
Eloise Chugg-Martin Sponsorship and Events Manager for NAF said, “We are really excited to have been invited to take title sponsorship of the BE90 and BE100 3 Day Events at Bicton. As supporters of riders from Grassroots to Team GB we appreciate just how important it is to provide aspiring amateur riders the chance to experience long format Eventing at a top class venue. After a very difficult year we really look forward to supporting amateur riders and we hope to see you there!”
Find out more about NAF here: www.naf-equine.eu/uk
We are delighted to now be in a position to advise you of the change in date for our July Horse Trials. British Eventing Official have today released their revised fixtures list so we can confirm that we will NOT be running on July 4th & 5th but WILL be running on July 25th & 26th.
BE90 & BE100 (Sat 25th) Novice and Intermediate inc AI (Sun 26th)
Our entries will open once BE have received the go ahead to move domestic sport in to Stage 3 of the Government relaxation measures, which are set to commence on July 4th. If we do not move into Stage 3 then we will not be able to open entries for the event. Please be prepared for a short entry window when entries do open.
Although the “new normal” is set to look somewhat different with a socially distanced model in place, we are very excited to be able to get the Sport back up and running. We have also welcomed significant rainfall this week, which is well timed and will aid in our preparation of the tracks for the end of July.
Horses with a purpose are used to hard training and routine like humans and they won’t completely just “let down.”
I think it’s important to still give them some attention and sense of routine. Some horses may just like being left alone, in which case is really easy to let them be and not worry about them. For horses that are more demanding / human dependent, or who will start pacing the fence line out in the paddock as soon as you turn your back are the ones we all struggle with the most.
My top tips would be to only turn out as much as they’re used to at the start and maybe progress to longer if you can, or maybe even try turning out with a friendly horse to keep company. Horses that like and need a job are best to still do some sort of controlled exercising even if it’s every other day.
Alternate what you do with them so that they’re not always out hacking or just going in the school. You could even use this time to polish up on your ground work (eg horsemanship, stable management). Something enough to keep their brains thinking.
You can try giving them treat balls or hanging toys to keep them entertained in their stables.
Feeding wise, they get as much forage as they need, I like to cut their hard feeds a little but not so much that they start to lose condition. We feed our horses Baileys and even with cutting down on their feeds I’ll always give them a low starch diet to keep them looking and feeling good and Performance Balancer which helps keep their top line too. Of course, with any changes you want to be aware of any Tying up or Laminitis!
Any routine is changeable, and all horses adapt differently but if they’re happy then we’re happy. 🙂
Coriander Cousins – Groom for 5* event rider Chris Burton
Beccy Barrett has branched out and gone into “showjump restoration.” As I am sure you can imagine, the showjumps take quite a hammering with the usage they get, so we have a rolling maintenance programme which includes sanding them down and re-painting them. With the enforced lockdown, this seemed a worthwhile job that could be undertaken whilst adhering to social distancing measures. Beccy has swapped the award-winning Rolle Estate Office at Bicton for the salubrious storage barn to commence with “project paint”.
Day 1 saw her rearrange the setup to enable greater productivity. She had Matt and Bart moving things around for her in the workshop to optimise her setup. This included making space for Pixie, who was set to be her trusty co-worker and see off anyone who dared approach the storage barn. Following day 2, when a glitch in the system resulted in two newly painted poles falling to the ground and getting covered in dust and grit, the production line was adapted and refined to prevent repeat disasters. Whoever knew she would prove to be such an expert in workplace efficiency.
Having now painted in the region of 100 poles, which all had to be sanded, under coated and then top coated, Beccy has perfected her brush technique. I haven’t quite got the heart to tell her that she is still on the schooling set, and that we have 3 competition sets for her to move on to. This may prove a false starter as paint has become increasingly difficult to source since the lockdown began. Our competition sets require bespoke paint as they are different shades of red, blue, green and yellow, so she may yet get a reprieve if we are unable to source the right paint. When we do eventually get up and running again, clients will be in for a treat when they hire the arena as the schooling set will be transformed. In the meantime, if anyone out there has any paint contacts, please do get in touch so that we can keep Beccy supplied with materials to crack on with the competition sets.
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