Frickley Park Horse Trials


Frickley Park 

    Arrived at Frickley Park about 11 .30 am, that gave me just enough time to put my tent up and blow up the airbed before Tracey arrived to start the build for Fridays BE show jump course.I was quite pleased that I had got the tent erected as the weather started to close in with a few showers.

    The show jumping arena hadn't got as big fall on as Aske Hall but some of the fences still needed packing with little blocks of wood to make as level as possible for the competitors.On the Friday we ran just the one ring for BE jumping, the classes over the weekend consisted of a BE80, BE90, BE100, Novice, Intermediate Novice and the U18 Championships, also on the Saturday there was a full days schedule of British Showjumping in the Internationl ring starting with British novice, leading upto  1.30 CLASS FOR £300.


Main Event

   The main event for Frickley Park was the BE U18 Championships which was held over 3 days, with the first day being a traditional British summers day, absolutely pouring down but then the clouds dispersed and blue sky appeared and by the end of Frickley Park horse trials, apart from the odd rut in the horse box park you wouldn't think there had been any rain for days.

   The climax of the U18 final day with the showjumping was really a lovely story to end the weekend on with the hosts Jayne and Charlie Ward-Aldam's daughter Connie winning the competition by holding her nerve to take the title by a very small margin, what a great thrill for Mum and Dad to see that happen in their own back garden.

   It was a great weekend, I really enjoyed all my time there, even though the early weekend weather wasn't great.  Thanks to Tracey and Charlie we made a good team, and thanks to Caroline my better half for joining me on the Saturday also a special thanks to the Ward-Aldam's, a very well organised event.



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