Sapey Cross Country
Welcome to Cockshutts Farm at Wolferlow - the proud home of the Sapey Cross Country Course which was established in 2002 by Alan and Audrey Thacker to provide a quality venue in the West Midlands for horse trials. This renowned course is among the best eventing courses for horses and riders in the Welsh Border Counties, providing riders from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Wales with first rate eventing facilities.
Sapey Cross Country hosts three One-Day Events (ODEs) each year, two affiliated events for British Eventing (BE) in April (Sapey1), in September (Sapey 2) and an unaffiliated event, Sapey Mid-Summer ODE in June. The competition levels at these ODEs ranges from 80cms up to 110cms (BE Novice level). Pony Clubs and Riding Clubs also use the facilities to host their own horse trials, thus providing seven or eight days of competition each year. New 70cms course planned for 2015.
The Sapey Cross Country Course was originally designed by Hugh Lochore and has since then been continually updated by BE Course Designer and Builder, Mark Watler. Mark adds new fences each year to keep up with modern designs and standards. Sapey is an ideal training venue for young horses and inexperienced riders to gain confidence as well as providing the more experience with a range of testing and technical features.
Cockshutts Farm is well known for its horse pursuits and in addition to the cross country course it also has a point-to-point track where the Clifton-on-Teme Hunt hold their annual point-to-point meeting on the third Sunday in May.
These point-to-point steeplechases began in 1983 and have been held on this track for nearly 30 years. They were featured in the Racing Post Weekender (28.12.11-01.01.12) where Peter Stevens revealed his top ranking point-to-point courses rated out of 100 tracks he has visited in Britain. Known as the Upper Sapey Point-to-Point Track, he rated it 5th of the best 10 venues. Peter Stevens said thatâ€¦ â€˜This course represents everything a point-to-point should be. The hunt, the Clifton-on-Teme, is one of the smallest in Britain, but they put on a one-day a year meeting in their own country, something every hunt should strive for. It is in a remote and beautiful setting in Herefordshire with excellent viewingâ€™.
Why not come along and enjoy the sport at the next Sapey Cross Country event?