With the upcoming eventing season, I thought it would be interesting to write about events that we love. Organisers work incredibly hard on our behalf to run the sport that we love and I for one am very grateful. We know that the Big B events (Burghley, Blenheim, Bramham, Barbury and Badminton) are fantastic but what about those smaller events that make a huge effort, are friendly and run a great event?
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Dauntsey – Wiltshire
I loved Charlton Park as an event. For me it was one of the highlights of the calendar. When it disappeared I was really sad and wondered what it would be replaced with. In its place cropped up an event, that is an event designed by a rider for riders.
Last year Dauntsey managed to keep on running in the worst weather we have seen over an eventing season and for that I am hugely grateful. No effort was spared in making sure that everything was done to try and get the best going on the rain saturated ground. You can confidently attend Dauntsey, knowing that everything will have been done to the ground to make it the best it can be. That kind of detail means you can have confidence to enter, knowing that you are not going to be crying into your bank statements at not being able to run cross country because nothing has been done to the ground.
The event is friendly, has a good atmosphere and is well laid out. The cross country course combines the best of old fashioned kick on fences with the modern technical. The courses are bold but educational and a horse comes back through the finish all the better for having been round. If you want to know whether you are sat on a horse that will take you up the next level then Dauntsey is the place to find out.
The warm ups are all spacious and the day ran smoothly especially with 4* eventers running the show jumping stewarding! The show jumping is located next to the trade stands but it is not intimidating like some of the bigger events for young horses.
Dauntsey has managed to become a grassroots gem in the calendar in a very short period of time and I know that the organiser Beany Sturgis will not be resting on her laurels in continuing to improve the event for riders.