Kick on Events was established at the start of 2020 set up by Bruce, Dawn and Douglas Edward. The business was established so we could join forces and run our four horse trials under one team, allowing us to maximise potential and make the events as good as we can with shared resources.
Kick on Events have also invested in equipment which will help with the smooth running of our horse trials and this equipment is also available to hire to other events. Please see the “services tab” for more information.
What is Eventing?
It’s one of very few sports that genuinely allow people to compete equally, whatever their experience.
Men and women, amateurs and champions, young and experienced horses all compete fairly against each other, making it truly exciting for riders and spectators. Visitors can watch the dressage, show jumping and cross country phases which take place simultaneously throughout each day of competition.
Dressage is the first phase of the competition for the riders and takes in front of the house. This phase is designed to test the training and discipline of the horse and rider and consists of a pre-set test which is judged subjectively by an experienced dressage judge. The leading rider will be the one with the lowest penalty score after this phase.
Show jumping is the second phase of the competition in a one day event. Competitors are required to jump around over a course of coloured poles and fillers within a set time limit. Faults are given for knock-downs and refusals and will be added to the competitor’s dressage score. This phase may seem simple but it demands accuracy, athleticism and, especially when under pressure, a calm head on the part of rider and horse.
Cross-country is the final phase and, for many, the most thrilling. Essentially it is all about trust between horse and rider. The rider needs to judge pace and speed in order to complete the challenging 18-22 fence course run over approximately 3000 metres.
Competitors are given penalties for any refusals during this phase and they are also required to complete the course within an ‘optimum time’. Failure to do so results in further penalty marks being given. The rider needs to be confident and quick thinking to complete this phase successfully, and needs to have that ‘special partnership’ with their horse.
Gates open 8am.
Competition starts at 8am each day of competition, with the last horse on the cross country at 6pm both days. (These are rough timings as it all depends on the number of entries)
We have a shopping village and a number of trade stands for you to browse through and engage in a little shopping and when you are finished you can get refreshments ready for round two!
Children and dogs are welcome. Please keep all dogs on the lead at ALL TIMES and please dispose of any mess in the bins provided.