HighGround receives a donation from Northcote Lodge Freemasons

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/28/2021 - 11:11pm

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all parts of Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, we were one of the groups nominated by their local lodge, Northcote Lodge.

The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund” a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons). This fund now stands at £2 million and the interest earned is given annually to...

Pippa Funnel riding Billy Beware

International stars head to Bicton for end-of-season foray

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 10/15/2019 - 9:16am

Bicton Arena is readying itself for the conclusion to the 2019 eventing season, and with nearly 700 entries for its competition, which runs from October 24 to 27, it will be a superb finale for riders and spectators alike.Competing at the event is the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials winner Sam Griffiths, World Equestrian Games 2018 silver medallist Padraig McCarthy and multiple British team medallist William Fox-Pitt.

Among the official sponsors is feed supplement company Animalife, which is also providing boxes of its acclaimed Competition Survival Packs in the goody buckets for...

Confidence giving courses at this weekend’s Bicton Arena Horse Trials

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Tue, 07/03/2018 - 8:40am

Organisers of this weekend’s Bicton Arena Horse Trials are working around the clock to ensure the best going possible for its affiliated competition in light of the long spell of dry weather.

Showjumping, including the warm up area, will take place on all-weather surfaces, the dressage arenas have been watered and the cross country courses have been aggravated with sand on takes offs and landings where appropriate.

Helen West said: “The team here has put in a phenomenal amount of work and we’re confident about the dressage and cross country surfaces. A couple of years ago...

Lambing Sunday

Event Date: 
19/03/2017 - 10:00am
Bicton College, East Budleigh

A fantastic family day out for all ages!

Go along and meet the baby lambs, have a go at low ropes, bike workshops or brave the tree tops swing as well as the many water activities that will be taking place on the lake.

Anyone can have a shot at being a soldier with the military academy’s shooting range, meet our new Meerkat family, hold some of the Bicton Bugs – hissing cockroaches, giant stick insects, land snails and giant millipedes, or you could bring your dog along for the family dog show and agility sessions!

On site there will also be plenty of food and...

Proms success at Bicton Gardens

The beautiful gardens of Bicton Park were awash with red, white and blue as 900 people enjoyed a spectacular show for Hospiscare’s Proms in the Park last Saturday.

The rain clouds stayed away as the night opened with the big brass sounds of the South West Comms Band who were followed by the gifted voices of India’s finest tenor, Anando Mukerjee and the UK’s own inspirational Laure Meloy.

The musical arrangement included songs from musicals and popular operatic arias such as La Traviata and Boheme.

The night was also supported by local choir, The Wyndham Singers and...

International stars in action at Bicton

Authored by Lucy
Posted: Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:07pm

A world-class field will be contesting Empire Coachbuilders Bicton Arena International Horse Trials, which run on August 22, and 23.

They include four riders in the FEI top 20 rider rankings – William Fox-Pitt, Sam Griffiths, Jonathan Paget and Paul Tapner - as well as a number of other well-known eventing stars.

World number two William Fox-Pitt will ride nine horses including his international four-star horse Cool Mountain in the open intermediate.

Australian Sam Griffiths rides include the hugely popular Happy Times who finished third at last year’s Land Rover...

Anyone for outdoor table tennis?

Anyone for table tennis? People are going batty in the parish of East Budleigh with Bicton now they have their own outdoor table.

The new table has come about after developers who built two new homes in the parish gave £3,450 to fund a sports facility in the community, as part of a Section 106 legal agreement with East Devon District Council.

In a joint project between the district and parish councils, parishioners were asked what they would like to see in the village and two proposals came forward. Around 130 people in the parish voted on the proposals and the new table...

Showjumping action delights at Bicton

Bicton Arena's six day show, the largest ever competition staged at the venue, has been hailed a huge success by riders who travelled from across the UK to compete in a range of showjumping classes from novice to Grand Prix.

Robert Whitaker, a member of the famous showjumping clan bearing that name, was attending the show for the first time and was richly rewarded with some stunning results.

The Talent Seekers class attracted some 87 horses with the first four earning tickets to the Horse of the Year Show. Whitaker claimed two of them with the Brendon Stud's Fabrics Van...

Bicton stages six day showjumping bonanza

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:05am

Hundreds of showjumpers will be heading to the popular East Devon venue when it stages its most ambitious show to date Bicton Arena will be staging the biggest show in its history when a six day long showjumping spectacular begins on June 12.

Eight hundred horses will be jumping over the six days in three arenas over heights ranging from 80cms to a 1.40m Grand Prix, sponsored by Stockdale Asset Management.

Arena manager Helen West said: “It’s going to be incredibly busy but we’ve got a great team here and everything should run like clock work. We will be working around the...

Showjumpers flock to East Devon

Showjumping takes centre stage at Bicton Arena this Friday where more than 500 competitors will be competing over three days in four different arenas with 350 horses stabled on site for the duration

Some of the Westcountry’s top names from the sport will be heading to the East Devon venue including Justin Tuff, Sammie Jo Coffin, Andrew Davies, Andrew Williams, James Johnson and Paul George.

Organiser Helen West said: “Showjumping has always been very popular at Bicton and we will be very busy this weekend. Stabling 350 horses takes quite of organising but we are delighted...