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 we are determined to improve everything possible once again for the 2021 event. The specially-created grass main arena is being extended by 20%, and there will be three newly-sited levelled dressage arenas in front of Cornbury House for the international classes at CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S level. This year there will be two senior CCI3*-S classes, one of which will be a particularly exciting “elite” section for the top 200 riders in the FEI rankings, and for which dressage will take place in the main arena on Thursday, 8 September.
Further groundwork has been done to the cross-country course, will again be 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 will be spared to produce perfect going. The livestreaming of the jumping phases was exceptionally popular last year, with thousands of viewers from all over the world enjoying the excellent coverage and commentary, and this will be in place again for 2021.
The layout of the event site has been amended, with a new, large, horsebox parking area.