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2-Day Event - Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 May 2014

Mount Ballan Horse Trials (affiliated with British Eventing) is now in its' thirteenth year, and once again in 2014 it will be held at the David Broome Equestrian Centre, an international show jumping establishment near Chepstow.

The Mount Ballan committee rent the site for the horse trials every year and we try not to disrupt areas that are used for future events by David Brome and his family which are held here all the year round.

Please be aware that this event is organised entirely by volunteers, including the Organiser.

The Dressage arenas at Mount Ballan are in a field near the lorry park and the Show Jumping will be held in the all weather arena.

Press Releases / Special Notices



Today we have had an update to say that the M48 Severn Bridge is NOT planned for closure westbound this weekend after all.

In any event it would be wise to check at www.severnbridge.co.uk/maintentance.html for the current status the night before you set out."

We are sorry for this inconvenience but it is beyond our control! At least the weather is looking up and we are hoping for a pleasant weekend with some sun at last.

Tolls are charged westwards only. Tolls for horse boxes with living accommodation have been reduced and now only pay the car toll.
Vehicle Category 1 (Car) - £6.40
Vehicle Category 2 (Van - up to 3,500kg) - £12.80
Vehicle Category 3 (Lorry - from 3,500kg) - £19.20

The David Broome Event Centre, Mt Ballan Manor, Portskewett, Gwent NP26 5XP


» In case of ABANDONMENT please phone 07721438091.
» ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES / MOTORCYCLES will not be permitted.
» DOGS must be kept on leads at all times.
» TRADESTAND enquiries to the organiser.
is held on grass arenas.
» SHOWJUMPING will be held in the Equestrian Centre's all weather surface arena.
» NO LUNGING on the site
- All vehicles enter the site free of charge.
» A lot of work and help are needed to run the event, most of it is voluntary.
   The committee will be very grateful of help in setting up and clearing up
   the event, come and join us.

back to the top of the pageEvent Timetable 2014

PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE (subject to change after final withdrawals)

BE100 A | Open1-50 0730 0845 0930
BE100 B51-100 073008450930
BE100 C101-150 080008450930
BE100 D151-200 080008450930
Novice E201-250103013001400
Novice F251-300120013001400
Novice G301-350120013001345
Open Novice H351-400123013001345
BE 90 J1/BE90 Open J2401-4500730 0845 0930
BE 90 K451-5000730 0845 0930
BE 90 L501-5500730 0845 0930
BE 90 M551-6000800 0845 0930
BE 90 N601-650080008450930
BE 90 P651-700110013401430
BE 100 Q701-750120015001550
BE 100 R751-800120015001550

Novice, Open Novice N111; BE 100, BE 102 Open BE 102; BE90, BE90 Open BE 92

back to the top of the pageShow Jumping

BE Rules say that competitors must be prepared to start each phase at their published times. The start times have been prepared on this basis. Competitors must therefore please do their best to comply with the Rules.

The board in the warm up will list horses in time order which the stewards will do their best to follow. They will ensure that the next horses to jump always know their exact order. If incidents elsewhere cause difficulties, the stewards will use their discretion to keep the arena flowing. They will however always try to give priority to competitors who are ready on their times.

back to the top of the pageRider Information - Times & Results

» View Riders' Times 2014 (By Rider & By Number) - External Link

» View Results 2014 results available from 6pm on 18 May 2014 - External Link

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Entries Open: 11 Apr 2014
Late Entry Surcharge Date: 7 May 2014
Ballot Date: 25 Apr 2014 @ 12 noon
Ballot Period: May

back to the top of the pageEntries, Classes & Fees

BE100 Sat Sun BE 102 (2010) £61.68 £7.40 £69.08 £81.08 £12.00
BE100Open Sat BE 102 (2010) £61.68 £7.40 £69.08 £81.08 £12.00
N Sat N 111 (2010) £75.24 £9.03 £84.27 £96.27 £12.00
ON Sat N 111 (2010) £75.24 £9.03 £84.27 £96.27 £12.00
BE90Sun BE 92 (2009) £61.68 £7.40 £69.08 £81.08 £12.00
BE90OpenSun BE 92 (2009) £61.68 £7.40 £69.08 £81.08 £12.00

Note: Some Dressage may take place the day before -
Please tick appropriate box on entry form if able to do so..

Entry fees include VAT. VAT Reg No 975 6848 50.
INTERNET entries are preferred on www.britisheventing.com.
Please make cheques payable to MOUNT BALLAN HORSE TRIALS.
Send entries to the ENTRIES SECRETARY.
Separate cheques are required for each horse (with horse's name on back).
Include stabling fees with entry fee.
Please enclose separate 22cm x 11cm (DL size) SELF SEAL SAE for each horse.
In the event of a ballot please state on entry form if you do NOT wish to be wait listed.
WITHDRAWALS by 13 May 2014 6PM by telephoning 01395 239088 or 07977 034986.
All withdrawals to be followed by written confirmation.
Only horse substitutions after this date, no other changes permitted.
REFUND POLICY as per Rule 4.11.
STARTING TIMES are available between 15 May 2014 6PM and 15 May 2014 8PM
on 01395 239088 or 01291 630665.
Starting Times also available on website
www.beahorse.org & www.britisheventing.com.

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Qualifiers / Special Classes

BE90 section for competitors under 18 years old in 2014.

back to the top of the pagePrizes

BE90 - prizes in kind
BE100 - prizes in kind
Novice Prize Money: 1st £50, 2nd £48, 3rd £45, 4th £42, 5th £40, 6th £40.00
Rosettes to 10th place

back to the top of the pageSponsors

Caldicot Saddlery - Steve Taylor
43 Leechpool, Port Skewett, Caldicot, Gwent 01291 422249

Knight Frank - www.knightfrank.co.uk

NaturaHorse - www.naturahorse.co.uk

Ride & Stride - www.rideandstride.co.uk

back to the top of the pageEvent / Course Information

Eventing Disciplines for Intro, Pre-Novice & Novice Classes

Dressage at Mount Ballan will be held on grass arenas, and the Show Jumping will be held in the all weather arena.

Consequently the dressage tests will be in a more peaceful environment for young horses and cause less congestion than in previous years.

The Cross Country course runs through the farm land surrounding the Equestrian Centre, and some of the parkland attached to Caldicot Castle, which is owned by Monmouthshire County Council.

Eric Winter is the course designer, Simon Grundy and his team present well built courses. Every effort will be made to present good ground conditions, the course will include a combination of fixed and portable fences, a bank and a water complex.

The ground is varied and undulating, there will some new fences and improvements.

The ground where needed will be aerovated with an Earthquake machine. The same machine is also used for ground preparation in the grass show jumping arena for international shows held at the David Broome Events Centre.

Course Designers

SJ Course Designer - Mr Edward Williams
XC Course Designer - Mr Eric Winter

back to the top of the pageStabling

Stabling is available on site at £25.00 per night.
No refund for stabling cancelled after the 12 May 2014.
Please book stabling online with entry or by post with stable form.
After close of entries please contact Lucy Sweeting for stabling information.
After close of entries please contact Philip Bown for stabling information - 07770 335965

back to the top of the pageCatering

Hot and cold food and licensed bar on site.

A hog roast will be held on Saturday night at the Pavilion overlooking the main arenas and will cost £5.00 for competitors.

back to the top of the pageAccommodation

Accommodation list is available from the Organiser - please send SAE.
Various local accommodation options are available via the links below:
» 4Hotels
» Bed & Breakfast
» Smooth Hound

back to the top of the pageDirections to Mount Ballan

The venue address is:
David Broome Event Centre, Mount Ballan Manor,
Crick, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP26 5XP
Grid reference ST494891.

From M4 East -
Off M4 at Junction 21 signed M48 Chepstow/Services - this will take you over the old Severn Bridge
Off M48 at Junction 2 (A466) Follow signs to Chepstow.
At next roundabout turn left onto A48 signpost Caldicot/Caerwent.
At next roundabout (approx 3 miles) turn left B4245.
Approx 2 miles turn right, Lorry park will be on your left hand side.
From M4 West - Follow Chepstow signs onto M48, leave at J2 follow directions as above.

For additional directions please click here
For Google map please click here

back to the top of the pageContacts

For more information please contact the event organiser Diana Bown

Organiser - Mrs Diana Bown
Phone: 07721 438091
Email: dianacbown@aol.com

Entries Secretary - Mrs Rosemary Cann
Randlehayes Farm, Aylesbeare, Exeter, Devon, EX5 2JN.
Phone: 01395 239088.
Fax: 01395 239071. Email: rosemary@bicton.com

back to the top of the pageUseful Links

» Showground Photography
» British Eventing
» David Broome Equestrian Centre
» Caldicot Castle
» Monmouthshire County Council
» Chepstow Town Council

back to the top of the pageShow Photography

» To view and/or purchase images of Mount Ballan Horse Trials please go to:
   Showground Photography - www.showgroundphotography.com

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