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The BHS Kawasaki Hunter Trials, on hold because of FMD, are to go ahead now, with the first competition to be held on Sunday 10 June at Moreton Stables in Dorset.

This venue has been chosen for the first qualifier because it is situated on arable land with no livestock, and as they have been holding events there for several weeks now, they are familiar with the precautionary measures that need to be taken. There have been no cases of foot and mouth in Dorset.

Main event sponsor Kawasaki Commercial Products, who have supported the postponement of the qualifiers during the outbreak of FMD, are delighted to support the go ahead. “We are satisfied that the BHS has done a thorough risk assessment and will be responding to MAFF and BEF guidelines, and that the event poses absolutely no danger of spreading foot and mouth” said Jack Ford, Sales & Marketing Manager for Kawasaki Commercial Products. “We are delighted that the Kawasaki BHS Hunter Trial series can now go ahead, and we look forward to an exciting series of competitions.”

Kay Driver, new BHS Chief Executive, said: “The BHS Hunter Trials have proved hugely successful with grass roots riders, and now with sponsors Kawasaki Commercial Products on board, this season looks set to be a winner. Entries are coming in already.”

Because so many of the qualifiers have had to be postponed, the Final has been put back, and will now take place at Offchurch Bury in Warwickshire on 8 and 9 September.

2001 BHS Hunter Trial Qualifiers

Date Venue Address County Region
10 June Moreton Stables Manor Farm House, Moreton Dorset SW
23 June White Barn Farm Rhiwderin Newport W
1 July tbc Milton Keynes Eq Centre Castlethorpe Road, Hanslope, Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire S
1 July Warren Barn Farm Slines Oak Road, Woldingham Surrey SE
8 July Weston Park Weston Longville, Norwich Norfolk E
8 July RAF Cranwell Cranwell, Sleaford Lincolnshire EM
14 July Great Westwood Park Langleybury, Kings Langley Hertfordshire E
15 July Cuckoo’s Nest Uplowman, Tiverton Devon SW
22 July Wickstead Farm Eq Centre Highworth, Swindon Wiltshire SW
22 July Marianbach Babell, Holywell Flintshire W
28 July Green Farm Tumpy Green Lane, Cam, Dursley Gloucestershire SW
4 August Ely Event Centre Little Downham, Nr Ely Cambridgeshire E
5 August New Farm Compton, Newbury Berkshire S

Other Qualifiers are planned to take place at the following venues

tba Hill House Hill House Farm, Carlton Bedfordshire E
tba Poplar Park Hollesley, Woodbridge Suffolk E
tba Newnham Grounds Farm A45 Daventry Northamptonshire EM
tba Kircubbin Cooks Brae, Kircubbin Northern Ireland I
tba Warren Farm Southport Old Road, Formby Merseyside NW
tba Strathdon Hunter Chase Semeil Farm, Strathdon Aberdeenshire Sc
tba Merrist Wood College Worplesdon, Nr Guildford Surrey SE
tba Urchinwood Manor Eq Centre Congresbury Avon SW
9 Sept Richmond Equestrian Centre Richmond North Yorkshire Y

There are three classes, NOVICE, OPEN and PAIRS. The entry fee is BHS Gold Members: £12 per person per section, BHS Silver Members, Affiliated Riding Club members, and Pony Club members: £16 per person per section and non members: £22 per person per section.

Anyone wanting a schedule should send a 10 x 7 sae to the Competitions Office, BHS, Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ or contact the venue.

(For 10 June: Moreton Stables, Manor Farm House, Moreton, Dorset DT2 8RF. 01929 462512. Contact: Richard Frampton Hobbs)

All cheques should be made payable to the British Horse Society and entries should be sent, together with a first class sae for times and directions to The Competitions Office at Stoneleigh.

An entry form for the Kawasaki BHS Hunter Trials is now available on the BHS website so competitors can now check dates, read the rules and print off the Entry Form ( The form can then be posted, with a cheque and sae, to the Competitions Office. (buying the T-shirt comes later!)

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