BE80(T) COMPETITOR INFO
Pick up your rider numbers on arrival from the secretary’s marquee, you have to do this on the day.
You also will need £15 in cash for the Start Fee and your horse’s passport.
Any hats that have not been tagged, please take to the secretaries as they must be checked and tagged before dressage by a BE member of staff.
Your BE 80 Trainers for this event are Nat Dixon and Sarah Gairdner.
Cross Country Course Walk Times
Friday- unguided from 2pm. Guided at 3pm with Tina Ure
Saturday 11.00am and 12.30- guided course walk with Sarah. Meet at the cross country by the first fence.
Please do make the most of this marvellous opportunity, it is a great way to see & understand the courses and to be organised. And it is FREE.
Showjumping Course Walk Times
Saturday - guided course walk with Sarah or Nat at 13.45 meet at the show jumping collecting ring
Further guided course walks will be scheduled on the day during breaks, including one approx.1400 but please check the notice at the secretaries office.
During the Event
Dressage Please introduce yourself to your trainer, Nat or Sarah, at dressage warm up at least 20mins before your test is due to start. You may opt for training or not at this point, but they are there to answer any questions you may have.
Show jumping. When competing if you want support, please report to the trainer, Sarah in the show jumping warm up 20 mins before your jumping time.
Cross Country When competing if you want support, please report to your cross country trainer, Nat 15 mins before your cross country start time in the XC warm up.There may be a delay for Nat getting to the xc warm up until the dressage has finished so please ask Peter the collecting ring steward to help with your queries.
Your trainers will be on hand all day to answer questions about ANYTHING so please make the best use of them.
Secretaries (in the marquee) will answer or will find out the answer to any question. If you don’t know then we haven’t told you, so please do ask!
If you have come in the top ten placings then please attend the Prize Giving, which will be approx. 30 mins after the end of cross country.
Best of luck to all competitors and remember – enjoy the day!
digital event programme
Little Downham goes digital for 2017 - the programme can be viewed and downloaded below. To download our App head to www.delabond.co.uk/digitalevent
Little downham back with a bang for 2017
The ‘little’ event with big ideas, is yet again offering competitors increased prize money, enhanced initiatives, new ideas and new technology for 2017, as entries open on the 28th April.
Following its 2015 and 2016 success the Protexin Equine Premium Accumulator returns with a bumper end of season prize money pot, that saw 2016 winner Joanne Watts receive an additional £600, for finishing top of the leaderboard across the BE90 and BE100 classes.
Following feedback from owners and riders regarding the new photography policy in 2016, developments have been added to the initiative for 2017.
“The change last year was largely very popular, however we were aware that competitors missed being able to purchase images on the day and that a number of professionals and owners were increasingly frustrated at looking at different websites and coping with the different time frames from photographers.” – Sarah Skillin, PR & Marketing for Little Downham Horse Trials
In a bid to tick all of the boxes requested by competitors – high quality, variety of images, onsite purchase and reasonable pricing, Little Downham Horse Trials welcomes Spidge Event Photography on board for 2017, in addition to a number of returning freelance photographers from 2016, who will also be offering their images for sale.
“As a forward thinking and customer focused event photography company we are prepared to try the collaborative hybrid initiative. If it proves to be a workable model, then it provides an improved option to cater to all sectors of the market.” Peter Martin-Turner of Spidge Event Photography.
This year Little Downham will be trialling a new digital programme app that delivers key event information including Cross Country course details, sponsor and competitor information and more, in addition to also offering a traditional print programme and PDF download version.
“Unlike other digital programmes currently in use, this solution has the capability to integrate most elements of a traditional programme, as well as changing information (such as announcements, scores and results) into the one app, providing a quick and seamless experience for users. Initially, the app will be trialled with ‘static’ programme information, with plans to integrate live data features in the future.” Benjie Unwin, Cross Country Controller & Delabond technology partner.
“The change in how Little Downham did photography at their event was great and inspiring. It gives smaller photographers a chance to showcase their skills and gives competitors more choice and memories. The idea of the app is well needed to shift the sport into where it should be. It is exciting to be able to have all that information readily available in your pocket.” – Jenny Young, who made a first visit to the event in July 2016.
Little Downham Horse Trials looks forward to welcoming competitors from BE90 to Advanced level in their first British Eventing affiliated event of the season from the 2nd to the 4th June.
schooling course now open
The Cross Country schooling course is now OPEN.
The ground is currently in good condition and we have a large variety of fences for riders to school over. A new Novice area has also been made available for those preparing to start their season at the higher levels.
All schooling bookings will need to be made via of new booking site. Everyone will receive a confirmation email (please check junk folders if nothing appears). Riders will need to either print the confirmation and display in the horsebox window to act as a parking ticket or they will need to write down the reference number along with their names and display in the same way. If in the event a cancellation needs to be made please please use the cancellation link on the confirmation email. Rebooking voucher codes will then be issued via email - please be aware that this may take up to 5 days to complete however we aim to respond within 24hr.
Any booking system queries should be directed to Sarah via firstname.lastname@example.org
Cross country schooling
Our Cross Country schooling booking system is now OPEN.
The Cross Country schooling course is due to open on the 11th February and is already getting very booked up with clinics and pre-season training.
The Cross Country & Show Jumping facilities are fully booked on the following dates, with schooling only available as part of the advertised clinics:
To book your schooling space please use our new booking system here. Please make sure you have read our new Terms & Conditions of use as well.
Booking slots are in 1hour windows, however please feel free to stay longer and take your time between rides. We have staggered bookings to encourage people to book throughout the day, rather than all turning up at 9am which makes for a busy course. We hope that this move will allow people more access to fences and allow them to work in a safer environment.
All cross country schooling bookings and payments will now need to be made online and via PayPal. Those with vouchers may still use them by inputting either the voucher code or expiry date as we maintain a list of people with vouchers.
2017 HIRE CHARGE & COACHING RATES
Facility hire and coaching rates have been confirmed for 2017, with price increases reflecting the increased level of investment across the board at Ely Eventing Centre. The Cross Country facilities are subject to continued investment throughout the year with renovations to existing fences and the addition of new jumps already in place for 2017, along with further investment in irrigation systems and a shockwave machine to ensure good ground all year round.
2017 Hire Rates
Course Hire - £28 per horse
Show Jump Hire - £16 per horse
Combined Cross Country & Show Jump Hire - £36
2017 Coaching Rates
75minute Private Session - £65 per person inc course hire
90minute Shared Session - £48 per person inc course hire
90minute Group Session (3-4 people) - £40 per person inc course hire
From the 1st February all bookings - course hire and coaching, can be made via our new online booking system,
What's on @ ely eventing?
In preparation for a busy 2017 series we've been busy updating the calendar and now have a What's On page dedicated to Training & Clinics with Tina Ure, both at home and away, and for all events and clinics at Ely Eventing Centre.
If you are organising a clinic at Ely Eventing please do get in touch via email@example.com to have your event added to the calendar.
Over the new few weeks we'll be launching our online booking system which will change the way in which riders will need to book their Cross Country Schooling at Ely Eventing. Full details will be published shortly but make sure you sign up to our Newsletter to stay in the loop.
your event needs you!
#LDHT runs on an army of volunteers and we are always in need of an extra pair of hands, whether it be for lorry parking, crossing patrol, fence judging or pole picking.
All helpers are fed and watered throughout the day, are given the appropriate training and to show our appreciation we offer all helpers the choice of a Cross Country schooling voucher or a bottle of wine for their time.
If you are interested in volunteering, to support your sport, sign up to our newsletter and we'll be in touch!
The future of unaffiliated events at ely eventing
Following the unaffiliated Eventer trial we ran earlier in the year the decision has been made to no longer run any unaffiliated events at Ely Eventing Centre and for the foreseeable future we will only be running British Eventing affiliated events.
We realise that this will leave many disappointed however unfortunately the disappointing behaviour by some competitors at the event earlier in the year has lead us to this position.
We look forward to welcoming you all cross country schooling and for training and clinics with Tina and also to our British Eventing fixtures in 2017
From the whole team at Little Downham Horse Trials we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, helpers, officials and sponsors that made the recent event possible.
Thank you also to the 600 competitors that made the journey to the Fens and rode all three phases in the blazing summer sun.
The BE80(T) and BE90 competitors raised their game with it raining sub 30 dressage scores, and a 12.5 finishing score for Susan Tomalin in section D. The BE100 and Novice saw multiple wins for Olympian and local rider Caroline Powell, along with leading British rider Oliver Townend.
The Luc Childeric Saddles Little Downham Horse Trials returns with the BE80(T) to Advanced classes on the 1st - 3rd October.
1 down, 2 to go!
With Little Downham (1) now seeming a distant memory preparations are now well underway for our 2nd event of the year across the weekend of 23rd and 24th July. The July event welcomes competitors for the BE80(T), BE90, BE100, Novice and the new test event for the BE105.
This event will host the 2nd round of the Protexin Equine Premium Grassroots Accumulator, where horse and rider combinations are competing for a share of the £1,400 prize pot. This is open to all BE90 and BE100 competitors (inc Open sections, excluding Plus and 105) and works on the basis that points win prizes with 10 points being issued for a 1st place finish and 1 point for 10th. Current leader boards will be displayed during the event.
Entries for Little Downham (2) are now being taken online - www.bdwp.co.uk/lix/
bumper entries for the childeric saddles little downham horse trials
Cambridgeshire’s premier equestrian event gallops into gear on the 3rd – 5th June with a bumper entry full of international, elite and grassroots stars.
Little Downham is about breadth and the event aims to provide high quality experiences for competitors and spectators, be they first time grassroots entrants or world renowned riders. Tina Ure (site owner, BE accredited trainer, course designer and event organiser) is heavily involved in course building. Her building ethos is to provide a fair and well constructed course for each height, that is both challenging and educational, and is always well received and enjoyed by spectators and competitors alike.
The Little Downham Advanced and Intermediate track is fast becoming a very popular venue for the world’s best riders to head to with 2016 attracting over 50 Advanced and 130 Intermediate entries for the first day of competition. We look forward to welcoming the likes of former World Number 1, Andrew Nicholson, back to Ely, along with former Advanced winner here and Team GBR hopeful Izzy Taylor, and current world number 2 Christopher Burton for Australia.