Barbury’s cross country course travels over rolling downland with much of it utilising old turf gallops. The well drained chalkland promises good going and retains plenty of spring and turf cover even in a dry summer.
The Cross Country course was newly built for the first event in July 2005. Designed by International Course Designer, Captain Mark Phillips, the fences are mostly permanent with some portables.
Some of the fences:
The CIC*** course:
There are going to be some new fences and some changes to the course in 2014 which will aim to make it horse friendly and provide a flowing run.
The 2 star course will follow the same track as last year with a few new fences and alternatives. The first test will come early on with a narrow turning question. This course will also include a sunken road, quarry and two waters and will be an up-to-size 2 star course.
- The Novice course has very few changes. It will be an up-to-height, flowing course which might not be suitable for the first time Novice competitor.
Barbury’s fences are constructed by world-renowned course builders, Willis Brothers, who have been hard at work over the winter, keeping everything is on track to produce another world-class event in 2014.
Willis Brothers have been responsible for building cross country courses at Badminton (since 1967), The Gatcombe British Open Championships (since 1983) and The Sydney, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics