Lodge Farm Cross-Country Course offers more than 90 fences from 60cm to 1.10m including ditches, corners, arrowheads, skinnies, steps, lots of combinations plus an extensive water complex.

Set in 40 acres of well-maintained grassland it is ideal for schooling young horses, for a quick pre-event practice over a course of fences or for a training session with your instructor.

All fences have prepared take-offs and landings and the excellent viewing makes our course popular with instructors and parents.

Top riders who visit us on a regular basis include Francis Whittington, Will Furlong, Felicity Collins, Tom Crisp and Anna Hilton.

We are open Wednesdays and Saturdays from the beginning of March until the end of October. Easy parking and good access from the M25 and A21.

**Bookings taken online**

    Feedback from our Facebook Page:
  • “Perfect ground when so many are hard. Great selection of fences, ideal for schooling, I'd highly recommend”

  • “Excellent course! The ground is very well looked after, perfect conditions for a schooling session or to compete at.”

Action pictures courtesy of Louisa Day https://louisadayphotography.co.uk.
Louisa is available to photograph private and group sessions at Lodge Farm.


Recent News:

Still the best set of dog cross-country schooling photos! Janine Lamy

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We are desperately sorry to say that in light of the obviously escalating Covid-19 situation and in response to today’s very clear statement from the British Equestrian Federation on what constitutes "organised activity" the XC course will remain CLOSED.

It has been an awful decision to have to make, especially difficult given how perfect the course and the ground now look, but we simply cannot justify encouraging people to travel to participate in an inherently risky activity at this time.

All bookings made will be refunded.

In the meanwhile, please cheer us all up with your photos, videos and funny tales of schooling and competing at Lodge Farm. If Badminton can have a virtual event maybe we should have a virtual hunter trial? Ideas here please!

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We have thought long and hard about opening the course in light of the current Covid-19 situation and the daily-changing guidelines issued by the government and the BHS. We have decided, for now, that we want to give people the opportunity to use the facilities when so many other activities are off limits. We will, however, be operating within a very strict framework:
• We will be opening from this Wednesday (25 March) but online bookings only will be taken. By booking online you will be accepting the terms and conditions. No cash will be taken on the day and there will be no need to sign in. This means you can arrive and get straight on.
• Numbers will be strictly limited and we will allow no more than 4 bookings per hour to ensure that lorries are kept well apart and the course is quiet.
• In line with the most recent BHS recommendations (21 March) and to ensure everyone can adhere to social distancing rules, only small group and clinic bookings (max of 4 in a group) can be made.
• The toilets will not be available.
• Once you have finished riding, please load and leave as soon as you can to make room for others.
• Please consider only bringing one other person with you.
• Due to the probable increased use of the public footpath, which runs across the course, please be extra vigilant watching out for walkers.
• Because the situation is ever-changing, we will be reviewing our decision to open on a daily basis. Please check before leaving and please only book for the current or next week.

The Eventers Practice Day on 13 April is cancelled. We will process refunds in the next week.

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