David Evans and Richard Taylor design and build cross country courses and portable cross country jumps. Their scope of work includes everything from supplying portable schooling jumps to building, dressing and maintaining cross country tracks for high profile international three day events.See our cross country courses at Bramham, Chatsworth and Luhmulen
David Evans has been the chief cross country course builder at Blenheim International Horse Trials for nearly twenty years. Davids involvement with Blenheim began when he formed part of a coalition of young course builders handpicked by Mike Etherington Smith back in 1990. Since then the horse trials has gone from strength to strength.
Mike Etherington Smith designed the CCI cross country course from 1992 until 2007, including the European Championships in 2005. In 2008 he handed over the course designing reins to Eric Winter. 2008 was a disasterous year as the event was cancelled on the Friday night due to flooding-See our Blenheim 08 page of mud . The current CIC competition (held on the Sunday) was added in 2009.
Visit the Blenheim International Horse Trials website to see videos of the cross country course.
Alongside building the course David is on the organisational committee as well as being Clerk of the Course which means he is responsible for the condition of cross country track and its maintenance throughout the year.
David and his team are also responsible for building the main arena (and other smaller arenas) and ensuring the best possible ground conditions (whatever the weather!) for horses, riders and the public to enjoy on the week of the event. David and his team have to return the park to its original condition after the horse trials weekend, which some years is more difficult than others!
Most of the jumps that make up the Blenheim CCI and CIC cross country tracks are portable as the park is open to the public all year round and hosts other large non-equestrian events.
Although there are a few permanent obstacles and earthen features on the park, nearly all of the jumps have to be built or brought out of storage, secured and dressed in the few weeks before the event is held.
David was awarded Bill Thompson trophy at Blenheim in 2012 for services to cross country course building. Over the past 20 years, Davids innovative work on jump design has been especially influential in ensuring the safety of horse and rider is paramount, as well as his attention to detail and distinctive style of cross country course dressing!
Page last updated by Helen Evans 21.01.13 >