In his third year, course designer Ian Stark has unveiled his course. Fence one at the highest point in Bramham Park then sees a downhill run to fences two and three; the Lycetts British Eventing Young Horse Championships Saw Bench and the Leeds Festival Wall respectively which will test the brakes of enthusiastic horses. The first combination test comes at fence four, the Shooting Butts which comprises two large brush oxers.
A new open spread fence at five, the Fulmart Feeds Oxer, leads to the landmark Round House and crowd pleasers the Equi-Trek Step up to Sonic and the Equi-Trek Leap which are the same as last year.
The big Triple Brush at seven gets horses back on the attack before the tricky combination at eight, the Suregrow Fertiliser Owl Hole, a three fence maze of tight angles and a central hole to be jumped through. The Joules Clothing House View at nine is an impressive blue wagon on a slope, leading down to the water with the Tuffa Boots wellies.
The rider-frightening Horse & Hound Leap of Faith at 11 follows. After table-type fence, the Harrington’s Kennel (12), riders meet the new combination fences at 13 and 14, the Woodheads Seeds Hollow) with its big ditch. The Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Cones at 15 are a let up before going down to the Front Park.
Fence 16’s sun and moon require accurate jumping before the sunken road Carter Jonas Combination at 17.
The Generator Power Ditch Brush (18) allows a gallop up to the Welcome to Yorkshire Stick Piles. The Alan Chappelow Beech Delight under the magnificent beech trees sets the horses up for the main water attraction at 21, the Dickinson Dees Beachside – will the riders have left enough petrol in the tank? Ian added: “I’m sure the spectators on the bank will get their money’s worth of viewing here!”
Nearly home but for the final effort hill climb, the British Horse Feeds Trakehner starts the ascent to an offset pair of upright brushes at 23, the Nuffield Health Longhorn Question and just a short gallop to the last, the Askham Bryan College Seat. Those who cross the finish will know they’ve achieved something special, from one of the sport’s foremost designers and builder David Evans.