The BEDE Events calendar has now come full circle, beginning with Oasby (1) and closing with Oasby (2) and what a brilliant season it has been.
Following a harsh winter, the 2018 eventing season certainly looked in jeopardy for the first few months. Despite the inclement weather, including snow less than a week before kickoff, preparations for Oasby (1) continued and 2 out of 4 days of competition went ahead with 202 combinations completing.
Rumours flew preceding Belton with continuing poor weather, even Badminton looked in doubt. Yet again the ground team did an amazing job and all planned competition took place as planned. Not only is Belton a fantastic family day out but an all-important run for Badminton hopefuls. With the Grantham Cup running, many riders gained that all important final run before the first 4* of the year. Spectators enjoyed high octane eventing action and plenty of shopping in the stunning grounds of Belton House. The introduction of the new “Gin Den” went down a storm, a real hit with the crowds!
The team then headed into the busiest part of the season with events such as Shelford (1), Berkshire College of Agriculture and new addition Aske. These events saw riders from BE80 (T) through to Intermediate joining us from across the country. The theme of weather continued although from June it was that of heat rather than rain that became the challenge!
July came round with much excitement for the BEDE Events team as this saw the first event on the Isle of Wight following several years of planning. With the support of title sponsors London Capital & Finance, Osborne House was transformed into an eventing haven. The holiday home of Queen Victoria offered stunning rolling landscape, ideal for cross country and a complex of gardens perfect for easy viewing of arena based competition. This showcase event offered spectators a totally unique experience and introduced a new short format form of eventing that was not only easy to follow but offered nail biting races to the podium.
Following Osborne the team headed Firle Place for two days of eventing and the brilliant celebration of all things countryside as part of the Country Fair. Then back to Nottinghamshire for round two at Shelford, the BEDE home event.
Osberton International commenced at the end of September with new title sponsor London Capital & Finance, following the success of the partnership at Osborne. Five days of competition from young stock in hand through to CCI** was complimented by family friendly entertainments from the new Kids Corner to fun dog shows. As part of the evening entertainments, Equestrian of Sport, was hosted in aid of Jonty Evans. The generous crowd raised a startling £7,120 on the night.
The season finished on a high at Oasby (2), although the weather yet again proved a challenge with high winds and rain! Never the less the brilliant team of volunteers kept the show on the road and got 377 horses & riders across the finish line in two days! The ground held well and offered a brilliant end of season for many duo’s.
Stuart Buntine, Director of BEDE Events, says of the season “ 2018 has been a big year for us. Successfully running an event on the Isle of Wight was a huge highlight and we look forward to doing it all again. The calendar gets busier every year which can only be a good thing for our sport. We have big plans for 2019 and we look forward to a busy winter preparing for next year!”
Dates for 2019 can be found here : https://www.bede-events.co.uk/competitors