New Scottish Horse Trials Announced
Drumclog Horse Trials have just announced the date for the inaugural running of their event as 21st August 2010. The event is located near the historic hamlet of Drumclog, on the outskirts of Strathaven, South Lanarkshire which is southwest of Glasgow, Scotland.
The event will be held at organizer Nesta Gilliland's home of Greenfield Farm, Drumclog. Nesta says of the new event: "we are very excited to be hosting Scotland's only new BE Event in 2010 and the first ever BE event in Lanarkshire. The location is very central Scotland- so very well situated for all of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and Ayrshire riders which are all around 1.5 hrs drive time away."
The event will be hosting BE90, BE100, BE100 Open plus a BE80 Training class.
Nesta's husband David decided to diversify the family farming business to include equestrian facilities, and eventually had a BE standard cross country course built. The couple have been running hunter trials for over three years now and with the word spreading in the area about the excellent ground conditions, and encouragement from BE officials, the next move was to become a BE affiliated event. So, by popular demand, and with the support of Iain Graham, (former BE Regional Director for Scotland) Jeanette Brakewell (who uses the facilities for teaching) plus Fiona Muirhead and Muriel Colquhoun OBE, that is what the Gilliland's did!
The course is set in 200 acres of farmland and includes a large wooded area, undulating terrain, three sets of water, including a brand new water complex - which includes 8 different approaches. Nesta commented on the BE80(T) course; "Since Greenfields started as a training facility, many of our fences were already suitable for the BE80(T) course which is a very important class to encourage riders into the sport."
Much of the course building will be done by David Gilliland himself, who was involved in helping to build at Thirlestane and laterally Oatridge for the last few years; David is a course builders bronze level candidate; Fiona Muirhead is the course designer and Douglas Weymouth will be TA for Drumclog.
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