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Hunter trials hope to attract budding Olympians
10:51am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
The Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt is encouraging future young potential Olympians to take part in its annual hunter trials at Coniston Cold on Sunday.
Set in the lakeside parkland of the Coniston Hall Estate, home of the Bannister family, this year’s cross-country course has a choice of different heights of fences - the brainchild of Joint Master Jane Pighills,
“I want to encourage the young riders of the future to have their first go at a hunter trials,” said Jane. “I want them to feel they’ve achieved something – whatever their experience and ability – maybe win a rosette and what better location than Coniston?”
And to make the smaller jumps more child-friendly, the hunt has called on the help of internationally acclaimed course builder Jamie Innes from Scotland who has designed some rather unusual and colourful fences.
“For example, there’s a small yellow Georgian house jump for the smaller children, a medium fence for the more bold and then the normal adult fence,” said Jane. “But nothing stops anyone from choosing any size of jump – it really is just pick a fence. Even for the non-riders, it’s an amazing opportunity to walk around the lake following the course with far-reaching views towards Malhamdale. That’s an event in itself.”
For further details contact Elizabeth Adams on 01756 749772 or 07972 134482 or visit conistonhuntertrials.com