Our group on the Seminar
Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Ian Stark was the course designer and David, the course builder. So put to work I was, for the next 5 days I was part of his team. This was the most incredible experience for me. The attention to detail on these three courses was amazing. Once again the competition was huge. The CIC1* had 110 competitors, with the novice section of 130, and a massive CIC3* with 187 contenders. Another eye opening experience for me! To see so many top class horses and riders competing was awesome.The courses were big and bold and as Ian Stark said â€œNo relaxing till you cross that finish lineâ€?
all on leads.They even had electric scooters and wheelchairs on hire. All courses are roped with crossing points in certain areas, and you may only cross there! The spectators were very law abiding, I must say. There were over 100 trade stores around the dressage and show jumping arenas.These arenas were never empty - if there was no dressage or show jumping on the go, they were busy with other activities such as Gun dog displays, Falconry, Carriage challenges, Dog agility and many more. This called for a day on its own just to see it all.
And the proudest moment of my whole trip was to stand on the side lines and watch Hayley Parker compete at Chatsworth Spectators were out in abundance with a variety of dog species, 2014. 94
SPORTING HORSE Issue 19
Published on Jul 15, 2014