With the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials just two weeks away, cross country course designer Ian Stark has revealed his 2014 test for the three competitions over June 5-8.
Ian has again used the Park’s features and undulations to provide the ultimate test while chainsaw master David Evans and his team have brought them to life again.
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 June 7.
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.
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 says ‘the long route won’t be for potential winners’.
The horses will feel they’re 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 and the Woodheads Seeds Hollow, numbered 13 and 14, which always leaves the riders scratching their heads in a bid to find the best route .
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, butwill 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 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.
The Askham Bryan College Seat will be a welcome sight before cantering through the finish flags having completed the 24 fences.