Our student arena party has helped managers at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre to run British Eventing competitions behind closed doors now the sport has recommenced following lockdown.

As well as carrying out duties in the practice and showjumping arenas, our students benefited from a course walk round the imposing cross country fences from Reaseheath’s Assistant Events Organiser Ben Read, who himself has evented at two-star level.

Thanking our students, Phil Latham, Director of Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre said: “When we host British Eventing competitions we need a minimum of 40 contractors and 120 volunteers to run the event and we feel really lucky that we’re able to take advantage of our relationship with Reaseheath’s equine department. The student arena party deliver invaluable help by running the practice and show jumping arenas and provide an all round service for our competitors. They are a fantastic help to our centre and to our industry.”

Level 3 Diploma in Equine Science student Kayleigh Blissett said: “I always look forward to attending events as a member of the arena party. It’s a good opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes at a big event and gives us the chance to meet officials and judges.”

Our equine arena parties are regularly invited to provide their services to prestigious shows such as the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) and Bolesworth International, and at Aintree racecourse, but sadly most major events were cancelled this year due to Covid-19.

(Photo credit: Kelsall Hill Centre Manager Stephanie Meadows)