We love this sport. And we believe that top-class sport should focus on providing the best possible conditions for its participants as well as holding it up to the light for everyone to see and enjoy. That’s why course-designer– and original Cornbury (and Olympic) course-builder – David Evans and Adrian Ditcham, also an Olympic course-builder, and their teams worked tirelessly to provide outstanding conditions for horses and riders in Cornbury House Horse Trials’ first year in 2020.
These efforts were extremely well-received by riders, owners and supporters, and there was a determination to improve everything possible once again for the 2021 event. The specially-created grass main arena was extended plus three newly-sited levelled dressage arenas added in front of Cornbury House for the international classes at CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S level. There were two senior CCI3*-S classes, one of which was a particularly exciting “elite” section for the top 200 riders in the FEI rankings.
Further groundwork was done to the cross-country course, and was again a true test, running over undulating ground and through ancient woodland. Cornbury’s natural water sources and investment by the organisers mean that no effort was spared to produce perfect going. The livestreaming of the jumping phases was exceptionally popular, with thousands of viewers from all over the world enjoying the excellent coverage and commentary.
The layout of the event site was amended, with a new, large, horsebox parking area.
Stabling for the 2022 event will be off-site and will be available to book after the entries ballot has taken place.