Cross-country schooling

Hickstead may be known as the home of British showjumping, but now we are set to diversify into the sport of eventing with our forthcoming launch of extensive new all-weather cross-country facilities.



The £500,000 project, which is due to open in late Spring 2019, will comprise two vast arenas connected with an all-weather track. Ring Three has been transformed from a grass ring to a state-of-the-art Andrews Bowen surface, while the adjoining Ring Four has been extended and now features a vast water complex.

The facilities will boast around 60 cross-country type obstacles, ranging from 80cm in height to 1.10m, making it ideal for grassroots riders, young and novice horses, and those competing up to British Eventing Novice level. The plan will be to create a large stock of additional fences to keep the layout fresh and exciting.

The course includes a wide range of single fences and combinations, with plenty of skinnies, corners and arrowheads, and a vast water complex. A number of leading eventing experts have assisted with the creation of these exciting new facilities, including Badminton course designer Eric Winter, who oversaw the plans for the initial project, and Olympic course designer David Evans, who was consulted on the design of the course.  

Pre-booking for these new facilities is essential, and the arena will only be bookable online. One-hour sessions will cost £36 per horse, with a loyalty scheme in place and discounts available for Hickstead members and British Eventing members. The facilities are also available for hire for trainers, Riding Clubs and Branches of the Pony Club who may wish to hold clinics.  

Following a soft launch this spring, the facility will be open each year from October to May.

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