Cross Country at Larkhill
The cross country course at Larkhill was for many years at Knighton Down, an area within the military training area of Salisbury plain. Since 2005 this site has been declared a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
After careful consideration and a few years planning the course has been moved into the centre of the Larkhill Point-to-Point course. This allows the area of SSSI to be managed solely by natural England and for Larkhill Equestrian facilities to be co-located and jointly managed at the Larkhill racecourse.
As ever at Larkhill the ground is exceptional, and this is no different at the new site. The course will offer good going throughout the season and provides the minimum chance of cancellation due to bad weather. The ground, although within a race course, is varied with some steep inclines that will test fitness of both horse and rider. The excellent going,in a natural amphitheatre means that the course is challenging and exciting for competitors and easy to spectate from a number of vantage points. We hope that it will become one of the premier courses in the South West.
The course move has allowed us to build a large quantity of new permanent fences, which obviously meet BE standards, and create a course that allows for more complexity and a greater variety of routes and difficulty than at the previous course. The course has been designed and built by Andrew Fell, acclaimed designer of the Ballendenisk course. The course will be open for events from outside organisors and cross country schooling and clinics.
Many event organisers use the facilities at Larkhill including; British Eventing, Bourne Valley RidingClub (BVRC), Tedworth Hunt, The Royal Artillery Pony Club and the Royal Artillery & Army organisers of the Royal Artillery & Army Hunter Trial (ARAHT).
The Royal Artillery Equestrian Committee
Larkhill Equestrian is run by a committee of both military and civilians dedicated to making the facilities some of the best in Wiltshire.
Larkhill - Home of the Royal Artillery
The Royal Regiment of Artillery was formed in 1716. Its Regimental Home was Woolwich until 2007 when it moved to Larkhill. Larkhill has been synonymous with artillery training since 1897 and is now very much at the heart of today's Royal Regiment of Artillery. The Royal Artillery is very proud of its equestrian heritage and facilities at Larkhill, being the only serving regiment with it's own point-to-point racecourse and cross country course of this standard.