Andrew Norman: All action at the castle

Horse rider Piggy French
Horse rider Piggy French

Time moves on at an alarming rate when organising a large event.

The past few days have been full of anticipation as the online entries for riders started over a week ago.

The anticipation is heightened by riders liking, like most of us, to leave committing to the last moment.

So on Monday the entries were looking a little thin.

By Wednesday we were well over half way to being fully booked, with international riders Piggy French & Mary King having signed up.

Last year we had entries coming in until the very moment they closed.

The work on the park has continued apace.

The fences are now all lined up on the edge of the park with an enthusiastic team giving them a fresh coat of paint.

The brush fences are being spruced up and the new fences are being stained.

The estate staff have been tested with a tractor breaking down this week, quickly followed by a blowout on the main trailer.

It gave them the opportunity to trial their latest piece of equipment, a post knocker.

A new post and rail fence has appeared in record time across the horsebox park with posts that would have taken days to dig in being driven into the ground with a few blows.

Boys with their toys perhaps, but what a great job they are doing with a smile on their faces.

The office team are busy calling our loyal and vital sponsors to tie up all the loose ends and sending out their car passes, instructions and warning all that the A43 in undergoing major work so don’t come that way. Just when they think the plan is set another advertiser or sponsor steps forward to support the event.

The very nature of horse trials is that the closer we get the more exciting it becomes and despite a vast amount to achieve, achieve it we will.