The good news is, in general, I feel really good. Don't get me wrong, I don't sleep incredibly well at night, I wake up a few times to go to the bathroom and have a longchamp outlet harder time falling back asleep, but overall I've really enjoyed being pregnant and can't believe how fast it all flew by! There's a lot of anticipation now, especially since my replica handbags due date has come and gone. It's like that feeling you get before a big, important test or work event, and you know you'll be ok, but you aren't sure what to expect. Plus, in the case of labor and delivery, I've never done it and cheap prada bags don't know when it will happen, and there's no way to fully prepare for the experience. We're finishing up some last-minute house things before she arrives, which included me telling Vlad that we HAD to get some of our Christmas decorations up. I don't know what made me think that replica designer handbags had to happen, but I got my mind set on it over the weekend, and we went to our storage unit to load up the car and set up. I see the doctor this afternoon, and for all I know I could go into labor any minute. But for now, it's a waiting game and it's all on her schedule, not mine.

It is now 7 years since Symm first sponsored the horse trials at Hambleden and in this time the event has become a well-established International event, highly regarded by both competitors and spectators.
Its unique setting and levels of challenge in all classes make it a favourite event for many.  I must confess that seven years ago I knew very little about eventing and whilst I am still no expert, I now know enough to really appreciate the high levels of skill and dedication of the riders and I am looking forward to another spectacular weekend of competition.
I would like to express huge thanks to Lisa Hughes and the countless volunteers, whose amazing energy and commitment make this such a unique and special weekend for us all.
I hope you enjoy yourselves.
Aidan Mortimer
Group Chief Executive














What is Eventing?

Eventing was previously known as Horse Trials which were originally devised as a military competition, to be a test of a horse’s obedience, courage and stamina. As such, they are made up of three different phases - Dressage, Show Jumping and Speed and Cross Country.

Eventing is one of the very few sports where men and women compete on an equal basis, and British riders have an enviable record of success. We are known in Britain to have some of the best facilities in the world, and in order to take advantage of them, many top riders from overseas move over here to compete and progress in their sport.
Horses, not riders, are graded and start their Eventing careers in classes where the fences are 80cm (BE80) and progress on to BE100 and thereafter to Novice, Intermediate and Advanced events such as Badminton and Burghley.
In the competition the same rider must complete each of the three phases, and the scoring is done on a penalty system - in other words, marks are deducted for less than perfect movements in the Dressage test (and a calculation is done by the team of scorers to convert that so that the lowest score is the best), for knocking down or refusing a Show Jump, or for similar problems incurred on the Cross Country course where the rider strives to achieve the optimum time. The rider who finishes with the lowest score in each section - competitors are divided into sections to make the logistics of running the competition a little easier - is the winner.
In the Dressage phase the horse and rider are required to perform a simple set test which demonstrates the suppleness and obedience of the horse, and its willingness to execute its rider’s commands - even to the untrained eye it is often apparent which competitors are unlikely to score highly in this part of the competition !
The Show Jumping phase is also a demonstration of a horse’s obedience and the disciplined relationship that is so important between horse and rider. At the same time it is an opportunity for the horse to show its athleticism and ability to jump.
The Cross Country phase exerts most influence on the competition since it requires that horses have an ability to jump, that they are fit, supple and obedient, and that they have courage and stamina. The Cross Country course is designed to really test the relationship that exists between horse and rider, as not only are competitors trying to jump clear over a demanding set of fences, but they are also trying to achieve the optimum time.