BRC Eventing Championships 2016

BRC Eventing Championships 2016

  

  

Setting Up Day

THURSDAY

  Caroline and myself arrived at Swalcliffe near Banbury where this years BRC Eventing Championships was being held, a little late due to a detour around Chipping Warden as there was a small altercation between two cars.  Swalcliffe is a beautiful part of Oxfordshire's rolling countryside and as last year the weather was being very kind.

   Nick Staines is the senior course builder for all of the British Riding Club Championships that have showjumping in,  he is also my mentor for British Showjumping and thats how I came to be involved in the riding club championships.  The great thing about setting up a course with the riding clubs is you always get plenty of willing helpers, I wish I could say that for all the shows I go to.  Nick was ready when we got there and slowly the help turned up and it wasn't long before we had the 80cm class ready for Friday morning apart from one or two alternative adjustments.

FRIDAY

   The 80cm class started on time on Friday morning at 09.15, this was run over one day and as the class went on I thought how much the standard had improved since last year, what a really good class it was.  The morning session was taken up by the juniors jumping their round then in the afternoon it was a chance for the seniors to jump the 80cm course designed by Nick Staines.  The junior team competition for the 80cm was won by North Rydale RC and the senior team winners were Bourne Valley RC.

  

SATURDAY

   Saturday was the start of the 90cm class which was held over 2 days, with the cross country being run on the last day.  Again this was a very good standard of horses and ponies jumping over Nick's course which was completely changed from the first day.  I think one thing some riders could take away from Swalcliffe is that maybe a few more horses should have had road studs in, although the ground was firm, the grass was quite slippy even though the turns were not tight at all.

   Carleton RC Seniors came through on the last day to win the 90cm team event and Saffron Walden and District RC were the junior team victors.

  

SUNDAY

   The last day of the 2016 British Riding Clubs Eventing Championships.  The 90cm were on the cross country course while the 100cm and 100+cm classes were preparing to finish their event which was run over the traditional 3 days in the Showjumping arena.  The course was yet again changed completely for the last 2 classes by Nick and myself.  The course was fairly straight forward as it should be for HT but there was one alternative fence which quite a few opted for even though it would add a couple of seconds to the clock.  Yet again Carleton RC were triumphant, this time in 100cm and to finish the weekends competition, Harewood Combined Training group won the 100+cm class.  A thoroughly great 3 days of competition and I hope to see everybody back next year safe and sound.  A brilliantly organised event yet again by all the people and volunteers at BRC, a pat on the back well deserved.  I'd also like to thank my better half for putting up with me going to all these events playing with fences.

 

Rob

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