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Swalcliffe Park British Eventing Horse Trials 2019

Laura Gaydon of SBK with Swalcliffe HT winner Christina Wiederkehr

Laura Gaydon of SBK with Swalcliffe HT winner Christina Wiederkehr During the weekend of 16th and 17th March 2019, Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored a BE100 section of the British Eventing Horse Trials at Swalcliffe Park, near Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Nearly 500 competitors competed over the weekend with classes ranging from BE80(T) (training), BE90 and BE100.

For a one day event competition, competitors perform a dressage test in front of a judge, jump a course of show jumps and then follow a cross country course of rustic fences including banks and a water jump, over a specific distance and within an optimum time.

In the Sheldon Bosley Knight BE100 section, 40 riders took part and the competition was won by Christina Wiederkehr riding her own Lilas Girl, an 8 year old 16.2 hh grey mare.  Christina won the section with a 27 dressage score and double clear in the show jumping and cross country phases with no time penalty, giving her a total score for the three combined phases of 27.

Winners Goodies - Sheldon Bosley Knight - Swalcliffe Park Horse TrialsLaura Gaydon, Director of Sheldon Bosley Knight, said “There were a number of local and professional riders competing at Swalcliffe Park Horse Trials last weekend, with many riders praising the organising team for the great “going” on the cross country and show jumping.  We are delighted to support a local affiliated Eventing competition and enjoy seeing the riders compete. 

The skill of Event riding is precision and obedience in the dressage phase, agility and obedience in the show jumping phase and accuracy and bravery over the cross country fences.

It is the start of the 2019 eventing season, however Swalcliffe provides a very educational and encouraging cross country course at the lower levels of British Eventing – giving horses and riders the confidence to build on their run for the rest of the eventing season”.

Sheldon Bosley Knight Rural and Equestrian Departments provide professional property advice for all rural and equestrian properties, from farms and bare land through to pony paddocks and commercial equestrian and competition centres. 

Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored jump at Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2019If you would like any advice on a specialist property query, please do not hesitate to contact the Rural Team at Shipston-on-Stour on 01608 661666.

Sheldon Bosley Knight sponsored jump at Swalcliffe Horse Trials 2019

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Buying an Equestrian Property? Some practical top tips….

Property with paddock

large modern horse stablesLarge indoor school…..heated tack room……covered horse walker…..  We may all have our own list of ‘dream’ items when we are pondering over our next move, and quite often a rider’s criteria begins with the equestrian requirements rather than the people.  It’s not uncommon to hear ‘as long as the horse is happy, we will forego on the living accommodation…!’

However, whilst the dreams of the indoor arena, solarium and views of the stable yard from the kitchen window may be best saved for a lottery win, when it comes to the really practical aspects of buying an equestrian property what should you be considering?  We will look at some of the practical aspects of buying an equestrian property or land.

Firstly, if you are looking to graze horses, you will need land.  Whilst the recommended stocking density for horses is 2 acres for the first horse, and one horse per acre thereafter (NIX), in reality to enable the resting of land particularly through the winter, these guidelines should be taken as a minimum, unless you are able to maintain a strict turnout regime or have a sacrifice paddock or turnout available.

Property with paddockWhilst on the subject of land, consider asking about drainage; are there any existing land drains and have there been problems with waterlogged land in the past?  It is worth asking about the previous management and history, such as weed infestations so you can assess how much time and money you may need to spend improving the grassland.

Services – is water connected to the property via a mains supply, and how is this metered?  Does your supply cross neighbouring land or vice versa?  It is sensible to make appropriate enquiries with the local water authority if no water is connected to see where the nearest connection is and the cost.

Now to the riding – is the property situated in a good position for hacking?  Or do you never hack and need access to an arena?  Having a property well located for travelling to shows and training may mean you have to sacrifice on quiet country hacking so work out what is most important to you.

You may be delighted to learn that the property is next to a lovely bridleway, but check what other public rights of way are near, or crossing the property.  A pony paddock with a well trodden dog walkers route through the middle might not be ideal.

Also check if there have been any grant schemes on the land previously – such as Stewardship – as you may have to adhere to some management restriction on grassland or hedgerows, for example, if the scheme has not expired.

SBK EquestrianNow looking at other facilities, such as a stable yard or arenas – it is important to check the planning status and whether planning had been applied for and consented.  Some Councils may restrict the use, including the stables and manège, to private recreational use only so if you are proposing to rent out the yard commercially check the planning consent carefully.

It is important to ask as many practical questions as possible when you view the property to ensure you have a full understanding of how the property may be used and any existing factors that may influence your enjoyment and use of the property.

If you would like any advice on buying, or selling an Equestrian Property please contact the Sheldon Bosley Knight Equestrian Team on 01608 661666.