With the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials just a matter of weeks away, cross country course designer Ian Stark has revealed his 2014 test for the three competitions over 5 – 8 June. The spring weather has provided perfect conditions for growing so the park at Bramham is looking pristine with a green carpet providing ideal going for the horses. Ian has again used the Park’s features and undulations to provide the ultimate test.  Ian dreams up the fences and chainsaw master David Evans and his team make them come to life and once again, every obstacle is a work of art.  Over 140 riders from around the world are expected to battle it out across three eventing contests; the Equi-Trek CCI3*, the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* and the Bishop Burton College U25 CCI3* and all will tackle Ian’s course on Saturday 7 June.

 

Ian made changes aplenty in 2013 when Bramham celebrated its 40th birthday but not one to sit back for an easy year, Ian has consolidated but equally there are a few surprises for riders and spectators alike.  The start and finish remains at the highest part of the park by the stables, away from the main atmosphere of the showground.  The riders start out over the Yorkshire Post Garden followed by the Aardvark Safaris Roll Top at two and on to the KBIS Arch (three) which all act as a ‘gentle’ introduction.  At four, Ian has given an early, but not too technical, challenge in the Supreme Products Stick Piles.  The British Equestrian Trade Association Table (five) isn’t for stopping to have a picnic before one of the feature areas, the Equi-Trek Round House.  Ian has provided a few options for this challenge and it will be the brave who take the quick route.

 

Into Lord Bingleys, the riders are confronted by the Leeds Festival Wall at seven before the tricky Suregrow Fertiliser Owl Hole combination in the trees at the furthest end of the course.  Olympic memories are rekindled at the Joules Clothing London 2012 Chess Table at nine before the pull downhill to the Horse Deals Kidney Pools (ten) where Ian has added a second water pond where he’s looking for bold and accurate riding and says ‘the long route won’t be for potential winners’.

 

The horses will feel they’re http://kamagrawiki.org turning for home as they face the Horse & Hound Leap of Faith which Ian cites as his favourite fence of all the courses he designs.  On to the Harrington’s Dog Kennel – will the hounds catch anyone out?  Next comes the Woodheads Seeds Hollow, numbered 13 and 14, which always leaves the riders scratching their heads in a bid to find the best route through without wasting valuable seconds and risking a run out.

 

 

While it may be tempting, there shouldn’t be any stopping for a treat at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Cones before the buzz of the Front Park.   The imposing Yorkshire Equine Practice Footbridge needs some air, but jumped well will give an amazing feeling.  On to the Carter Jonas Sun and Moon at 17 which always draws a crowd.

 

The Generator Power Brush leads to a double of corners at the Speedi-Beet Double Feat which will test accuracy and whether the riders have left enough petrol in the tank.

 

The crowds will be five or six deep at the Bond Dickinson Pond at 20 where spectators linger hoping for a dunking.  Lenny the Lobster is still a feature before Sammy Swan to jump on the way out.  Once over the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Trakehner, the horses will turn left handed and definitely feel their stable calling.  The Land Rover Above and Beyond provides the final challenge as it will test how much the horses have in reserve after a final hill climb.  Number 24, the Askham Bryan College Seat will be a welcome sight before cantering through the finish flags having completed the 24 fences and 39 jumping efforts.

 

Remember, planning ahead is the best way to enjoy Bramham and by booking your tickets in advance you’ll avoid the queues and save pennies!  Early booking discounts and free parking soon add up to make great savings.  Members passes and camping packages are selling fast so it you require either of these great value offerings, get booking today.  Visit www.bramham-horse.co.uk or call 01937 846017 but hurry as the Box Office closes at 4pm on 28 May.  Tickets will of course be available on the gate on any day.

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? It’s the best place to keep up to date and see the event unfold in the build-up.