A hot, horse-centred weekend

The Brize Norton/Witney forecast for this weekend is 23c and sunny on Saturday and 20c and sunny on Sunday, which is good and not good.

It’s not good for me, because on Saturday Tom and I are competing at the Ascott-under-Wychwood British Eventing Horse Trials, in Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire.

But the weather would be great for spectators!

The Badgers, the farming landowners who run this competition on behalf of British Eventing, have taken an extraordinary amount of care in preparing the venue.

They have put up the spectator lines, they have built the dressage arenas, they have built the show-jumping arena and, down on the cross-country course, they have designed and built new fences, they have mown, aerated and watered the ground – and the ground will continue to be watered every day until the Event starts on Saturday.

There are 750 horse-and-rider partnerships taking part over Saturday and Sunday, which makes it a busy weekend with, if you are in the Oxfordshire area and at a loose end, lots to see.

What could be better than sitting on the grass on a hot, sunny day, while slurping ice-cream and watching the exciting but technical show-jumping, or the thrilling sight of the cross-country?

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