No sooner was Marina home from the Horse Show than she pulled on her wellingtons and joined Cormac for a reconnaissance mission to Lenamore on Tuesday. A year on from our last competitive event at the venue, they found the course in remarkably good condition. They closely examined the new derby bank which they describe as moderate in size but a perfect new challenge to add excitement to the course. There’s also a coffin emerging, currently in its infancy but guaranteed to be complete in all its glory by Sunday 4 September.
The pair have mapped out a different route to previous years. The course will be less of a straightforward romp around the fields and will instead involve some more challenging navigation than we’re accustomed to, exploiting the obstacles to their maximum potential.
Marina will be in touch with members closer to the event to organise the major effort of sprucing up the course. She’ll also be delegating all the usual duties for fence stewarding, tack inspections, etc. In the meantime, you can take the initiative and contact her to offer your services for whatever task you most enjoy.
The good news is that there will also be dressage classes on the day, giving everybody an opportunity to compete. The tests are the ones used at our derby show in July so you don’t have to begin learning from scratch. Primary riders will have the opportunity to jump a round of knockable fences in an enclosed area.
See the full schedule below and start planning for competitive action in just three weeks’ time.
Pictured below: Action at our 2010 Crossjump at Lenamore. This year the competition is a hunter trial, a cross country competition with no show jumping element. See our Competition Glossary for an overview of the different types of jumping competitions.