The Lincolnshire Horse Trials 2014 will take place from March 14th to March 16th.
The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society organises the Lincolnshire Horse Trials, a popular and well established equine event held early in the season, attracting national and international entrants. Leading riders and novices alike compete at Pre Novice, Novice and Intermediate level over the three days.
Each day of this three day event is focused on a particular class, giving visitors the chance to see all events each day, cross country, dressage and show jumping.
Eventing is the ultimate test of horse and rider comprising three disciplines – Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross-Country, the scores from each test combining to produce an overall total. Sometimes referred to as Horse Trials, the sport originally evolved from the training of cavalry horses. The sport is rather like the triathlon in that it combines different disciplines in one competition and is run on a cumulative penalty basis. The competitor with the least penalties at the end is the winner.
The first test is Dressage, which comprises a set sequence of compulsory movements in an arena 20 metres wide and 40 metres long (60 metres at higher levels of competition). The test is judged by one or more judges who are looking for balance, rhythm and suppleness and, most importantly, obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider.
The Show Jumping phase is one round of jumping with a maximum time allowed and the objective is to jump all the fences clear inside the time. The fences are not as high as top level show-jumping but are quite substantial for horses which are not specialists at show-jumping. Fences knocked down and refusals incur penalties as does exceeding the time allowed.
The third phase is the Cross-Country where a course of natural obstacles has to be jumped – again inside an optimum time. Being over the time incurs penalties as well as being well under as it is of no benefit and unnecessarily tires the horse. Stopping at obstacles or falling off also incurs penalties.
All horses need to build up their levels of skill. The sport has different levels of competition: BE80, BE90 (previously known as Intro), BE100 (previously know as PreNovice) Novice, Intermediate and Advanced through which horses progress as they score points and gain experience.
This leads to an interesting feature of the sport which is that all riders compete in BE100 and Novice classes with the top riders on their young horses competing often against relatively inexperienced riders who can and do beat them on occasions. Also men and women compete on equal terms – there are no distinctions or single sex classes.
A typical one day event is affiliated to BE, but is run by an independent organiser on the suitable site capable of accommodating all three phases each day. A supporting team of some 200 officials and helpers, many of whom give up their time voluntarily, are needed to enable the competition to run in safety and on time.
Entries can be made online nearer the event at http://www.bdwp.co.uk/lin/
For further information please email Anne Whitton at
Entry for spectators on the Saturday and Sunday was £5 per car to include all occupants.
Friday 14 March
08.00-15.00 hours BE100 Dressage
08.40-16.20 hours BE100 Showjumping
09.30-17.15 hours BE100 Cross Country
Saturday, 15 March
08.00-15.30 hours Novice Dressage
08.40-16.00 hours Novice Showjumping
09.30-17.15 hours Novice Cross Country
13.00-16.20 hours Pony Trial Dressage
16.10-17.30 hours Pony Trial Showjumping
Sunday, 16 March
08.30-15.00 hours Open Intermediate & Intermediate Dressage
09.10-16.00 hours Open Intermediate & Intermediate Showjumping
09.00-10.20 hours Pony Trial Cross Country
10.30-17.15 hours Open Intermediate & Intermediate Cross Country