Bicton Arena, in East Devon, widely regarded as the finest equestrian facility in the South West, has been named Britain’s top show centre by Horse & Hound magazine.
This accolade follows an online poll by Horse & Hound asking their readers to vote for their favourite show centres across the UK.
Helen West, Bicton Arena Manager and professional event rider, said: “Being recognised as Britain’s top show centre is a real testament to our commitment and passion in making Bicton Arena a stand out and memorable place for riders. We would like to thank everyone who kindly voted for us. This is a great achievement for our stunning parkland, and we are thrilled that our hard work has been recognised”.
Olympic eventer, Mary King, praised the arena commenting: “Bicton Arena is a beautiful show centre run by the extremely efficient Helen West and her dedicated team. It has well-maintained surfaces, a friendly atmosphere, and caters for all levels”.
Bicton Arena, located near East Budleigh, offers a thrilling cross-country course through the undulating terrain of the stunning Grade 1 listed parkland, owned by Clinton Devon Estates. The cross-country courses range from 80cm to CIC2* level, all built to BE standard, complemented by three show jumping rings, two competition all-weather arenas and all-weather warm-up. In addition to this there is permanent stabling for 116 horses, 300 temporary stables, and a facilities block.
Bicton Arena plan to introduce a CSI* / CSI2* / YH* show jumping competition in 2019 and is proud to be hosting the British Dressage Regional Championships for the next three years.
There are a number of top events coming up this summer, including the British Eventing One Day Event on Saturday 7 July to Sunday 8 July, and the BD Summer Regional Championships taking place on Thursday 19 July to Saturday 21 July.
The British Dressage event is taking place on Wednesday 8 August, shortly followed by the British Eventing International Horse Trials on Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August, making Bicton Arena a must-visit place for horse riders and enthusiasts this summer.
For more information on Bicton Arena, please visit our website www.bicton-arena.co.uk, or speak to a member of the team on 01395 441162.