Makes The Going Good
owners of a top competition venue in the Midlands are to invest
in an extensive programme of further improvements to its equestrian
facilities for 2004.
Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire - home of the
Three Counties Agricultural Society (TCAS) - hosts in the region
of twenty separate horse events, together with its long running
Three Counties Countryside Show every year.
planned regeneration of its equestrian area will involve breaking
down compacted surfaces, installing a permanent irrigation system
and enlarging the horse rings.
Society has enlisted the help of grass maintenance contractor, Malcolm
Higginson, who is currently working with the British Equestrian
Federation on cross country tracks at a number of top events.
Higginson has already carried out a detailed site visit and submitted
proposals for improving the going, so exhibitors competing at Malvern
this year should notice some significant changes.
TCAS Chief Executive Officer, Gareth Smith: "Equine events
are a regular feature of the Society's annual calendar, and we recognise
the importance of maintaining our facilities.
Showground has a reputation as an excellent equestrian venue, but
it does suffer from shallow soil and little natural moisture, so
we are investing in a permanent irrigation system to ensure that
the going remains good even during the driest periods.
Malcolm's advice, we will also be breaking down the existing surfaces,
overseeding with a grass mix suitable for extensive use by horses
and implementing an ongoing programme of fertilising to improve
root mass and promote strong growth.
am sure that the improvements will be welcomed by everyone competing
at the Three Counties Countryside Show in June, and by the many
horse societies that use Malvern for their own events."
part of the regeneration programme, the Main Ring will be enlarged
with new white fencing, and the collecting area greatly enhanced.
collecting rings will also be improved to ensure the safe and free
flow of horses and pedestrians on site, and Ring 1, behind the stables,
will be made bigger to provide a dedicated working-in area.
Three Counties Countryside Show takes place from 18 - 20 June 2004.