Organiser Helen West explained:
“It’s a fabulous opportunity for us to showcase what we can do here, at a key time of the year. The season is coming to a close and there’s a real sense of celebration among the riders – it’s almost a last hurrah before everyone takes a pull and has a rest.”
The programme includes a BE100 3DE class run over three days, a competition which is a real favourite among riders with horses competing at that level. There’s also a CCI one star, CIC one and two star classes – the former includes a best six-year-old class, along with national classes at novice, intermediate and BE100 level.
Permanent stabling means horses will be staying at the venue in comfort. For riders there’s on site catering, showers, and hook ups. Competitors in the CIC, CCI and BE100 three day classes will be receiving buckets filled with goodies generously donated by a number of supporters including West of England Stabling, NAF, Goodbye Flies, Eventing World Wide, Pidz Signs, Quarter Markers.
On Sunday morning the trot up for international classes take place with best dressed prizes donated by Chatham. Presentations will be a formal affair with interviews on the podium, bouquets for the winners from Halley Floral Designs and trophies for victors of the international classes and BE100 three day.
Winning owners in the CCI one star will receive a Cornish Hamper, and main sponsors include Cavanna Homes, Good Bye Flies and AJ’s Boutique.
Wychanger Barton Saddlery has donated plaques for all riders in the international classes
Saturday is party night at Bicton with live music from Riviera Dogs and a hog roast for just £10 a ticket. All are welcome.
Spectators will have an array of trade stands to browse, plus access to the Clinton Estate to watch the cross country action.
“We hope we will see riders of the highest calibre competing here and we’d love to see as any people as possible coming along to enjoy three days of great sport.”
Entry is £10 per car on each day.