In a year that many will want to forget, the we pulled together to deliver five very well received and much appreciated horse trials at four locations around the country – running more than 3,000 horses and reaping huge praise from competitors and their support teams.
We started the year at Oasby (1), in March, despite the weather being unhelpful, we managed to run all 4 days of competition, which started our year off with a great event. However, un beknown to us, that was our last event for a few months! All hands were on deck at Thoresby, preparing for our inaugural event, however less than a week before the first hooves were due to step onto the park, the country went into lockdown, and the office was closed and the team were furloughed.
Stuart & Anna kept the business ticking over during lockdown and prepared everything, so as July started, the team headed North to run one of the first events of the "new" season at Aske Hall. With many new protocols coming into play, no one knew what to expect, however it was great to see everyone back and the sun shone for us all.
Heading into the summer, we welcomed back Tower Equine as our sponsors of the Summer Series. This year we moved the series from Newton down to Shelford, it was welcomed by many riders and we had so much support we ended up putting on an extra day. Our August event at Shelford, ran over three days and we welcomed many of our local riders through the gates. The talk of the event was, Stuart's lockdown purchase, his pygmy goats, who caused much amusement throughout the event.
Our first run at Thoresby Park was simply fantastic despite the challenging weather which kept us on our toes. At an event which quickly became known as Thoresberton – Osberton running at Thoresby - the ground held up brilliantly with a few minor tweaks to the cross-country course and gave everyone in the team food for thought on how the venue can be developed for The Eventing Spring Carnival at the end of March. What can we say about this true gem of a venue with an international flavour. Thoresberton proved what we always thought – one of the best and most historic estates in the country providing a superb backdrop of the highest standard.
This event is already a must visit for leading names in the sport. In 2021 The Eventing Spring Carnival will be the major pre-run for competitors heading to Badminton just a few weeks later. Expect top class sport and the very best eventing action over the four days.
We finished up the season at Oasby (2), where once again we were inundated with entries, which always makes us feel good, and our team pulled an extra day out of the bag on the Monday to ensure we could run as many riders as possible.
Now we are into our winter of planning and have got lots of new things coming in 2021! With the latest update from Boris Johnson, there are very positive signs leaning towards a more "normal" 2021 and the opportunity of welcoming many of you back to our events, we are looking at all the new protocols and plans moving into 2021.
We are so grateful for all the support we have received from everyone this year. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors, owners, riders, traders, grooms, volunteers and all the four legged friends (dogs & horses alike!). Here is a to a great and busy 2021!