Tuesday 22nd of August 2017
Eventing

Little Downham Horse Trials back with a bang for 2017

The ‘little’ event with big ideas, is yet again offering competitors increased prize money, enhanced initiatives, new ideas and new technology for 2017, as entries open on the 28th April.

© Lorraine Porter Photography

Following its 2015 and 2016 success the Protexin Equine Premium Accumulator returns with a bumper end of season prize money pot, that saw 2016 winner Joanne Watts receive an additional £600, for finishing top of the leaderboard across the BE90 and BE100 classes.

Following feedback from owners and riders regarding the new photography policy in 2016, developments have been added to the initiative for 2017.

“The change last year was largely very popular, however we were aware that competitors missed being able to purchase images on the day and that a number of professionals and owners were increasingly frustrated at looking at different websites and coping with the different time frames from photographers.” – Sarah Skillin, PR & Marketing for Little Downham Horse Trials

© Lorraine Porter Photography

In a bid to tick all of the boxes requested by competitors – high quality, variety of images, onsite purchase and reasonable pricing, Little Downham Horse Trials welcomes Spidge Event Photography on board for 2017, in addition to a number of returning freelance photographers from 2016, who will also be offering their images for sale.

“As a forward thinking and customer focused event photography company we are prepared to try the collaborative hybrid initiative. If it proves to be a workable model, then it provides an improved option to cater to all sectors of the market.” Peter Martin-Turner of Spidge Event Photography.

This year Little Downham will be trialling a new digital programme app that delivers key event information including Cross Country course details, sponsor and competitor information and more, in addition to also offering a traditional print programme and PDF download version.

“Unlike other digital programmes currently in use, this solution has the capability to integrate most elements of a traditional programme, as well as changing information (such as announcements, scores and results) into the one app, providing a quick and seamless experience for users. Initially, the app will be trialled with ‘static’ programme information, with plans to integrate live data features in the future.” Benjie Unwin, Cross Country Controller & Delabond technology partner.

“The change in how Little Downham did photography at their event was great and inspiring. It gives smaller photographers a chance to showcase their skills and gives competitors more choice and memories. The idea of the app is well needed to shift the sport into where it should be. It is exciting to be able to have all that information readily available in your pocket.” – Jenny Young, who made a first visit to the event in July 2016.

Little Downham Horse Trials looks forward to welcoming competitors from BE90 to Advanced level in their first British Eventing affiliated event of the season from the 2nd to the 4th June.

View Little Downham in The Event Guide HERE

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