Mount Ballan ODE

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Looking a long way ahead here, but not seen many of the lower level BE events and seeing as I'm starting out eventing I was wondering where this would fit in to the scheme of things ie I walked the course several times when they ran PN/N there before the Intro went in and remember at the time thinking it looked nice and inviting and pretty straightforward. Would this be the general view of it? That is, is it one of the courses that would be considered suitable for first time at those levels?

And in ocmparison, how do the courses at West Wilts, Howick and Urchinwood compare? (to he Intro/PN)

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I consider MB a meaty course at all levels. Not very long but up to height and some very clever questions. A good upgrade course.
 

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Hmm, I thought Mount Ballan PN was actually quite meaty - the SJ was very def up to height and ended on a 1.10 oxer going uphill. West Wilts is nice for first timers at all levels.
 

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Interesting, thanks. Useful to put it in perspective, at the time of walking I was riding a friend's horse a lot - an ex 3* horse of Mark Todd's that retired to open team chasing and was walking round going "yep, this would be fab to tackle on Toddy" but this was about three/four years ago in the days when I didn't think too much about things!

Where would Stockland Lovell and Cheltenham Intro's come in?
 

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SLM is an upgrade course at all levels, not for the faint-hearted but really rewards bold horses and riders, one of my faves. Not been to Cheltenham since they beefed it up last year, but either way I'd be unlikely to go again as the ground is always like rock there, it is like eventing on concrete.
 

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Pontispool is nice at all levels if your SJ is up to scratch, and Nutwell Court is the easiest of the easy if they have not changed it from last year, when they had seriously down-graded it at all levels. To the point that the corner I jumped which had no alternative IIRC in the PN the first year I went there was in the Novice with an alternative!!

Monmouth is a lovely mid-range event at all levels, I really like Monmouth.
 

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Would concur with most of the above comments, other than to say that the ground at Cheltenham was perfect last year but lec is right, it is often rock hard.

Howick is new this year, likely to be on the soft side I would say and no water for this time (hope to add in the future). Urchinwood is pretty uninspiring tbh, not big or difficult but a few quiestionable distances and lacking atmosphere. If you are going to spend all that money entering I'd probably go elsewhere. West Wilts always good at all levels - ground does get hard but they do their best with it.
 

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Hahaha I am getting highly amused by being given credit for your comments.
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Would concur with most of the above comments, other than to say that the ground at Cheltenham was perfect last year but lec is right, it is often rock hard.

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Hahaha I am getting highly amused by being given credit for your comments.
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Maybe I have become some kind of social pariah (points please Gamebird) and this will all stop once I am back in gainful employment? After all we all know how snobby horse people are, I suspect people just can't bear to associate with me currently so are trying to pretend I do not exist
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Tabledancer - that'll be it, the uncanny resemblance between us, I can see just how people could get confused!!
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Urchinwood runs clear round XC monthly so thinking of going early June for a play to check it out.

Which is Nutwell Court? Seem to have missed that one when looking through my options
 

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Nutwell Court is down near Exeter - it is really easy to get to down the M5. Only downside of an otherwise brilliant event is that they did not do anything to the SJ last year and it was very hard and stony. I would run intro and PN on it, but hesitate to take my novice horse there again - I'm going to email the organisers and ask whether they plan to spike it or not this year as I really do like the event.
 
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