British Eventing at Chilham Park
Chilham Castle International Horse Trials28th & 29th July 2018
Welcome to a “Hidden Gem“….
I’d like to extend you the warmest welcome to our International Horse Trials. We are working hard to get ready for the new season and will post more details here soon.
Set on the South Downs in the beautiful Kentish village of Chilham and against the beautiful backdrop of Chilham Castle, we look forward to once again see horses and riders compete in the sport of eventing over the mature Chilham Castle parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
What to expect onsite…
The entire showground is nicely compact with the lorry park being located centrally to all three phases. All courses provide competitors with inviting and fair challenges at each level, with well-built fences over well-established, undulating parkland.
The ground drains very quickly and stands up well to wet weather. We use a BE approved irrigation system to make sure the ground is prepared to the highest possible level.
The dressage takes place on the flattest part of the estate on well-established old turf set beside the beautiful lake and looking up at Chilham Castle. The area is very quiet being set apart away from the tannoys and hustle of the rest of the competition. It is a short walk from the lorry park – so do allow a few extra minutes.
The show jumping is in a very spacious grass arena that sits at the very heart of the event. We try to run to times with a gap every 5 riders for multiple riders – we have a fantastic show jumping steward who makes this work brilliantly!
Our new cross-country course introduced in 2016 utilises additional areas of the estate and is well-received by competitors. Over the winter months, Chilham continued their long-term investment in land management and the development and maintenance of the cross country course, with new fences introduced for 2017.
SJ Course Designer – Mr Keith Bristow
XC Course Designer – Mr Scott Brickell
Essential information for FEI competitors…
There are no trot-ups. The steward/veterinary inspection during the dressage warm-up. Please make sure that you bring the FEI passport to the dressage warm-up.
In previous years the dressage phase was conducted in full on the Saturday, with the jumping phases occurring first thing on Sunday morning and the prize-giving around noon.
Dressage warm-up occurs beside the Chilham lake alongside the national classes. The dressage competition occurs on the terraced lawn of Chilham Castle. You will directed from the warm-up to a holding area beside the Castle approximately 20 minutes before your appointed time.
Essential information for competitors…
All vehicles displaying a current BE car pass or valid BE membership car will be allowed free entry. Due to health and safety considerations, cars (other than those towing horse-boxes) are not permitted in the lorry park.
The courses are open to walk from 2pm until 8pm on the Friday afternoon prior to the event. Access to the park on the competition day is not possible before 6am.
There is limited stabling available onsite but we have a number of friends within a few miles that can provide overnight stables at reasonable rates; please call the office on 01227 730811 for details. There are no electrical hookup points available on the park; there are a limited number of hookups available for use overnight by the stable yard.
A Day In The Country…
Spectators are always very welcome at Chilham Park – we hope you will enjoy the spectacle of the event.
There is a small entry fee of £10 per car (including all the occupants) or £2 per person for pedestrians.
Please be aware that the irregular terrain and distances may be unsuitable for some spectators. If you have specific mobility needs, please do get in touch as soon as possible so that we can advise. As an outdoor event, we recommend that suitable clothing and footwear is worn; high heels are not practical particularly if you wish to walk the cross country course.
Dogs must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Children should be under your direct supervision at all times.
Spectators are permitted to walk the cross-country course but are asked to take careful note of any fencing or stringing and to pay close attention to signage, public address announcements and the warning blasts on the whistle of officials, these are for your safety .. half a ton of horse travelling at speed does not swerve easily.
All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. The use of motorbikes, all terrain vehicles (quad-bikes) and four-wheel-drive vehicles are not permitted on the site during the period of the event unless specifically authorised by the Organiser.
Chilham Park shall not incur any liability except as required by law, in respect of any injury or damage to visitors or their property howsoever caused.
Shopping, eating and relaxing…
The Castle, House and gardens provide a magnificent backdrop for our equestrian competitions attracting impressive visitor numbers, making it ideal for businesses and their trade stands.
The organising team at Chilham will ensure you are looked after at all times and we encourage you to get in contact to discuss your individual requirements. Our spaces are affordable even for small, local businesses and each applicant is welcomed on their own merit.
Chilham Park, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 8DB
Our Vision …
To offer powerful and affordable sport and lifestyle sponsorship opportunities with flexible packages for both large and local companies.
We pride ourselves as being a friendly and customer-focused sporting event venue. This ethos extends to our Sponsors and the development of extremely flexible Sponsorship Packages to meet the varying needs of both local and national businesses.
Chilham Park is a wonderful venue for horse trials and affords our guests a great day out. Giles Hargreave, Hargreave Hale
As a premium lifestyle business, the very character of Chilham Park, and its delivery, sits hand in hand with our own and we look forward to the continuing journey. Stefano Cuomo, Macknade Fine Foods
Chilham Park is the quintessential historic parkland setting for Twenty First Century eventing. Judith Norris, The Rural Planning Practise.
Where to find us…
Easily accessible from across the southeast of England, Chilham is a short drive from the M20 (J8 or J9) or the M2 (J6). HGV access is straightforward from both motorways. There is ample onsite parking for trailers and horseboxes of all sizes.
These horse trials are being run under the auspices of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and British Eventing and run in accordance with their Rules and Regulations 2018. The making of an entry constitutes acceptance of those Rules.