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The "Bridging the Gap" series of training courses is aimed at riders aiming to move into Advanced / 2* and those working towards/at 3* level who are looking to move towards a more established 3* level. It is so named as the series aims to 'Bridge the Gap' between U21s and World Class, providing coaching support for those who fall outside of these categories and helping them to move forward to achieve their goals. 

The plans for 2014 include two 2 day training camps in January and February, at Attington Stud, Tetsworth, OX9 7BY, dates will be confirmed shortly.  There are to be training days around the country, each month, some with show jumping and cross country, and others with dressage and show jumping, aiming to raise the game for those competing now at 2* or 3* level.  There will also be 2*, 3* and Advanced course walks at many Events, and these can be checked out at the BE Bridging The Gap webpage.

The days will include the following:

  • Preparing early in the year for good, correct basic way of going to enable the combination to achieve a well balanced, accurately presented test
  • To use gymnastic exercises to establish an athletic jump and to work to achieve a good canter to meet the demands of modern show jumping courses

To apply for a Training Scholarship you must have attended a Bridging The Gap day.

DATES 2014...

2014 BRIDGING THE GAP TRAINING DATES for 2* and 3* riders. You can apply via the BE website, Training page:

  • 17-18 Feb BTG training Start of Season Camp. Day 1 is available to book separately.
  • 26 Feb Cross country at Pontispool with Lizzel Winter
  • 27 Feb Cross country at Aston Le Walls with Gill Watson
  • 11 Mar Show jumping and Cross country at Somerford Park with Gill
  • 18 Mar Show jumping and Cross country at Boomerang with Lizzel
  • 2 Apr Dressage and show jumping at Aston Le Walls with Gill
  • 30 Apr Dressage and show jumping at Parwood EC with Gill
  • 21 May Cross country at Rosamund Green Farm with Lizzel
  • 10-11 June Two Day Mid Season Camp with Gill and Lizzel Day 1 is available to book separately.
  • 24 July Show jumping at West Wilts EC with Lizzel
  • 23 Sept Dressage and show jumping at Attington Stud with Gill

    Cross country course walks will be available at most major competitions.  Apply as above.


Days to help you plan your first trip abroad

Offering help towards:
  • Planning travel and care of horse on journey out & return
  • Paperwork required
  • What to expect on arrival
  • Stabling
  • Competition management
  • Climate control
  • Test riding maximise your dressage score
  • XC course walking ground conditions
  • SJ course riding and time awareness

  • Enquiries to Gill please on 07860 533357 or email


    Anyone with a suitable facility to run one of these days please contact Gill on 07860 533357 or email


    Gill Watson, Little Hollow, Lower Road, Postcombe, Thame, Oxon, OX9 7DU | Tel: 07860 533357 |
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