PLACE ONE DAY EVENT
Celebrating 30 years of eventing at Firle Place. In aid of Hope in the Valley Riding for the Disabled
(by kind permission of the Viscount Gage)
Firle Place, Nr Lewes, Sussex -
on Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 August 2006
magazine's independent Horse Trials Guide verdict on Firle Place Horse
Trials (April 2006):
Plus points: "A lovely event - I always look forward to
bringing my young horses here. The show jumping was very atmospheric,
with lots of trade stands and spectators. The dressage facilities are
good. The cross country tracks have become more flowing and ride well if
attacked. The stew ponds always catch out ditchy horses, but are a good
test'. [The stew ponds are only in the Novice, and have a long
alternative] "Educational and well built courses with plenty
of alternatives for the less experienced. A really nice
atmosphere." "The Intro and pre novice courses are good for
first timers. The novice asks a few questions, but has time-consuming
Jumping Course Builder.
In line with our rotation of XC course builders, we are now rotating the
Show Jumping Course Builder, so for the next three years Shaun Marsh of
Felbridge will be building the course.
for improvement: "The show jumping and trade stands were a
long way away (although there was a shuttle bus), which was a shame as
it proved a bit of an expedition for competitors and owners to reach the
scoreboards and secretary's" [PLEASE NOTE - in 2006 we will
be parking the boxes up the hill behind the show jumping arena. Which
means SJ, XC, Secretary, Scoreboards and shopping will be very
accessible. The only walk will be down to the dressage].
"None. The best event last year!"
view on Firle 2005: Dressage:
plenty of space and nice and flat and quiet. Show jumping:
near the trade stands, again plenty of space, and lots of spectators. XC
course: Fantastic up to height inviting tracks. Testing but
well built. Good atmosphere and shopping!
year we are celebrating 30 years of Affiliated Horse Trials at
Firle - although there has been unaffiliated horse trials there
going back to at least 1958. Plans are still being formulated but may
include a class for veterans who competed in the early days.
Changes to the INTRO course: The intro course this year
will be a genuine first time Intro - with a much softer start to get the
younger horses going.
Sponsors Welcomed to Firle: We are delighted to welcome:
local jewellery company Pinkie
Jones is continuing their major sponsorship, with
excellent and original prizes for a Novice Section on Sunday.
Section Sponsors Knill
James, a large accountancy firm based
Haylage and Mr and Mrs GH Rodaway
(who can be contacted on 01273 890000). This high quality feed
company is generously sponsoring a section, and we will also be
looking to build a new jump with Sussex Haylage as the theme.
Horse Feed's - who also
sponsored a Pre Novice section on Sunday, with some excellent prizes
and our Professional Course Walks with Sasha Pemble and Lucy
Thompson (to be confirmed).
Marquees and Priors
Farm Veterinary Practice are continuing their long term
sponsorship of the event, and we are extremely grateful to them for
the generous support.
Thacker are continuing their generous sponsorship of
Racing this year, which promises more riotous fun for dogs of
all shapes and sizes (it is not limited to Terriers).
Feeds and Creature Comforts of Ringmer are generously
sponsoring the Dog
Inn, our highly recommended Firle local - or perhaps
Firle HT Office would be more to the point...
English Events are returning to man their PIMMS BAR at the
water jump, don't delay to visit because last year they ran out!!
Barham and Golden
Cross Equestrian Centre (click through to see the wide
range of events and clinics on offer), are continuing their
sposorship and providing the stabling once more.
Affairs, the UK’s Leading Competition and Training
Information Service, with over 30,000 riders who make regular use of
its online competition and training service.
Organisers’ Special Prize for the competitor in the
Novice Owner/Rider section with the worst dressage score who then
goes on to jump a double clear this year will be a lesson with Danish
International dressage rider Markus Bauer.
Catering - highly regarded providers of our sponsors
and helpers catering as well as the bacon butty stand!
are also delighted to welcome some new Food and Trade Stands:
Quality Fine Foods: after enjoying their excellent onion
and goats cheese tart followed by raspberry roulade at a recent event,
they are coming to Firle 2006 as part of our International Food Market.
Florian Tiles -
a family run business specialising in producing unusual and imaginative
designs on tiles, using well known and local artists.
College, Barklays Dog
Emporium, Equine Entire Limited T/A Gill’s Bit Bank,
Kookabura Coffee, Niagara Equissage,
Organisers - Josephine
Carr & Nicola Collins
c/o Street Farm, Jevington, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 5QB, Phone:01323
482016. Mobile:07973 103110. EMail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary - Mrs Ann Allen
The Bungalow, Lees Rest, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3EU, Phone:01608
811070. Fax:01608 811070. Mobile:07802 534837. EMail:email@example.com
Course Designer - Mr Shaun Marsh
Course Designer - Mr James Willis
Course Builders - Willis Brothers
will run on Saturday and Sunday - please state your preference
if necessary and if unable to be transferred to other day.
Some INTRO and PRE-NOVICE may be required to do day before
dressage. In the event of a ballot preference will be given to
those able to do so, please state on entry form if ABLE to do
make cheques payable to FIRLE PLACE ONE DAY EVENT.
Send entries to the ENTRIES SECRETARY. Separate cheques are
required for each horse (with horse's name on back). Please
enclose separate 22cm x 11cm (DL size) SELF SEAL SAE for each
horse. If you require similar times to another competitor,
please ensure that the entries are posted together in the same
envelope and you state this on your entry form. FAXED entries
will NOT be accepted.
INTERNET entries will be accepted on www.bdwp.co.uk/aallen.
Internet entries must be paid by ballot date or competitor may
forfeit their place.
A WAITING LIST - will be maintained. Please indicate if you
WISH to be included in the event of a ballot. Those wait
listed will be notified immediately a space is available. If
you do not compete your entry fee will be refunded.
WITHDRAWALS by 20:00 Tue August 22 by telephoning 01608
REFUND POLICY - 100% refund will be given for withdrawals
before ballot date. 100% refund (minus a £10 admin fee as per
the BE Rule Book) for withdrawals after the ballot date if
replaced from the waiting list. Refunds will be paid on a
first to withdraw basis, but we will only be able to confirm
refunds after the event. 100% refund for withdrawals after the
ballot date if the competitor is able to give us one full
day's help at the event.
STARTING TIMES are available between 18:00 and 20:00 Thu
August 24 on 01444 230377. Starting Times also available on
Starting Fees include a programme. Starting Fees payable on
collection of numbers (cash only please).
stabling can be arranged at £20.00 (including shavings).
Please send stabling fees with stabling form (cheques made
payable to Golden Cross). Send stabling forms and SAE directly
to Ian Bareham, Golden Cross Equestrian Centre, Chalvington
Road, Golden Cross, Hailsham, Sussex BN27 3SS. Tel: 01825
873022. Directions: www.goldencrossec.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
South East Eventers League Qualifier.
OWNER/RIDER Sponsors' section: One Novice section will be a
sponsors' section - each rider will be allocated a sponsor for
the day, with a special prize for the winning combination
including the Christine Scott Bronze Memorial Trophy, £50 and
champagne. Please state if you wish to be entered on the entry
help our scorers by indicating any special prizes you may be
eligible for on your entry form. Otherwise you must register
with the secretary before Noon on the day of competition.
Please check with the web site http://www.firleplaceevent.co.uk
for details of prizes/special prizes nearer the event.
Novice Prize Money to be confirmed, with the addition of
generous prizes in kind supplied by our sponsors. Pre-Novice
and Intro: quality prizes donated by generous sponsors to 10th
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE REPRESENTED AT THE PRIZE GIVING OR
YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DONATED TO RDA
SPECIAL PRIZES: The Vice Versa Trophy: Highest placed
Pre-Novice Rider over 40 on Sun. Novice: Owner/Rider Novice:
The Christine Scott Bronze Memorial Trophy, £50 and
champagne; Intermediate Novice 1st prize: The Hope in the
Valley RDA Bronze Horse Head Challenge Trophy; The Organisers
Special Prize for the competitor in the Novice Owner/Rider
section with the worst dressage score who then goes on to jump
a double clear.
course is run over undulating old parkland turf and will
follow the same route as 2005. The BE agri-vators are booked
and the necessary measures will be taken to ensure good
landing and take-offs. The fences are built to be solid and
inviting with well thought out alternatives if required. The
pre-novice course will NOT include the stew pond/ditch. The
Intro course is designed to give experience and confidence to
new entrants/young horses. For more information and
photographs see the web site. The Saracen Horse Feeds Intro
and Pre-Novice Course Walks will be available at 4pm on Fri
25th Aug - meet at start of XC course.
available throughout the event, along with the ability to buy
fresh produce at the International Food Market. Please note
that we will be providing refreshments in the horsebox park as
well as round the show jumping arena on the Sunday so that
competitors do not have to queue with spectators.
Accommodation list is available from the Organisers - please
case of ABANDONMENT please phone 01323 482016.
Emergency number on day 07973 103110/0771 0086126.
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES/motorcycles will not be permitted.
BOX PARKING: This year we are planning to park the boxes up
behind the Show Jumping arena - very close to the XC start,
secretary and SJ. The only longish walk will be to the
DOGS must be kept on leads at all times unless actually racing
or in the dog show!
** PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO COMPETITORS OFFERING TO HELP OR
PROVIDE HELP **
We will be holding a Country Fair on Sunday, with a Kennel
Club licensed dog show, terrier racing, fun fair, trade stands
and a growing International Food Market, offering
entertainment for the whole family, including the dog, so
bring them all along!
There will also be events to celebrate the Horse Trials 30th
SCHOOLING - There is a possibility that the course may be open
for schooling for three days after the event, depending on the
weather. Please book in with the secretary or call 07710
086126/07973 103110 (please do not call during the event).
OWNERS are invited to join officials and sponsors for lunch in
the sponsors and officials marquee. Tickets for a full buffet
lunch are £17 per head and will be issued on application to
co-organiser Josephine Carr (please send SAE to the address
above). We would also be delighted if owners would join their
riders at prize giving.
reference TQ466078. Map link: http://www.firleplaceevent.co.uk
Firle Place is situated in the lea of the South Downs, some
three miles east of Lewes, just off the A27 Lewes - Eastbourne
road. If coming from Brighton, follow the A27 by-pass past
Lewes and keep on going towards Eastbourne – once you have
come down the hill from Lewes and over the railway line
crossing you keep straight on the A27 over the next roundabout
until you see the Sussex Hanggliding club on your left - 100
yards on round the bend you will see a right hand turning for
Firle Place - clearly signposted for the event - check on the
website for a map link you can print off. Please allow time
for your journey as the A27 may be very slow with the Bank
Schedule now up on site
from the 2005 Event
Novice Course in all its glory
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