After many months of closure the Bicton Arena team are back! They are ready with focus to open the Rolle Estate gates to British Eventing competitors on 25 and 26 July 2020.

“We can’t wait to welcome competitors back to Bicton in three weeks’ time. It’s going to be a stripped back version of eventing. This is to ensure the safety of our competitors, volunteers and organising team. But it will certainly be an encouraging start for all.” said Bicton Arena Manager, Helen West.

Helen and her team have made a focussed effort on the Advanced Intermediate class, kindly sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management. Following rider feedback, the class will be geared towards those who are aiming for Pau in October. Competitors will have the opportunity to ride the CCI5*B (2020) dressage test in the NAF Five Star arena. As well as having the opportunity to navigate an enhanced Intermediate test across country.

“We wanted to make as much of an atmosphere as possible for the combinations in the Advanced Intermediate. They will benefit from the pro wax surface and riding this specific test. I have also designed the cross country course so that it will give competitors a chance to tackle some technical questions. Ones that will be suited to the more experienced combinations.”

Asking the right questions

The courses for the BE90 and BE100 on Saturday and the Novice and Intermediate classes on Sunday will be flowing and educational. They will ask appropriate questions at each level. As well as encourage horses to jump confidently and in a good rhythm.

“Our thanks go to all who have supported us over the past few months including our loyal sponsors, customers and volunteers. It has been a challenging time but we are now pleased to be able to safely run competitions again at Bicton.”

Entries are now open for the two days of British Eventing competition