In the effort to minimise risks of the spread of COVID-19 we are continuing with our clinics, school hire and  training at this moment in time as planned but are advising that everyone follows the current NHS advice on social distancing. After a directive from our governing bodies, ALL shows will be cancelled until further notice, this applies to BD,BS,NSEA,BRC and PC Shows. The website will be updated on a regular basis with new dates and any other news.

We continue to monitor all government guidance in relation to the running of sporting events in the face of the Covid-19 situation. We will continue to run until the government advises otherwise.

We would recommend that everyone involved within equestrian  sport follows government issued guidance terms of washing hands, not touching your face, minimising physical contact with others. We would also request that anyone feeling unwell, with cold type symptoms and a temperature, does not attend .

We will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide regular updates on our website and social media channels.

As a further precaution to protect staff ,entries for school hire and clinics will only be accepted through our secure online entry system. No exceptions, so please don’t email, FB message or text as a refusal often offends.

Everyone at Petley are aware of our customers anxieties and we are taking a reflective and proactive approach to the Covid-19 situation under direction from governing bodies so members can carry on their professional business whilst also protecting ourselves and our staff.



Petley Wood hosted the 2020 SEEL Arena Eventing Championships over the weekend of 22 and 23 February 2020. This is the fourth running of this prestigious Championships which was sponsored by Vardags as part of there SEEL title sponsorship.

Combinations have qualified from competitions at Pyecombe, Coombelands and Petley throughout the year.

The latest storm to hit the UK over the past few weekends didn’t dampen the spirits of those competing, Storm Ellen, tried but failed to beat the hosting venues team of gallant stewards and organizing team who battled against the odds to keep the fences up in 50mph  gusts.

The 80 Championships which saw 45 starters, were won by Olivia Pederson on her super smart pony Romulus D’Hurl Vent, who stormed round just adding 7 time penalties to there clear jumping round, they just pipped 2nd placed Lulu Isaac on the equally talented Amberley Rose who picked up 8 penalties. Sophie Cole and Sven Comber Q bought up the top three on a final score of 9 penalties. Ashleigh Jepheart picked up the special ROR prize. No combinations in the class managed the optimum time over the 21 fence course over a distance of 750m which included tight technical lines that required accurate riding and presentation.

Next up was the 90 Championship which was won from a start list of 43, by Danielle Johns on her lovely chestnut Lourdes. Danielle is better known on the show jumping circuit but has tried her hand at a couple of Arena Eventing classes at Pyecombe and Petley. They judged a near perfect round to within 1 second of the optimum time, picking up the 1 time penalty to earn the £100 winning prize. Megan Oxley and Master Utah picked up the runners up spot, with Lizzie Moreton and Hey Mickey rounding of the top three.

The 100 Championships which saw 41 starters oozed quality and they made it all look to easy over the 23 fence course, with tight technical lines and saw a nail biting finish to who would finish nearest the optimum time which was achieved in this class. Sam Sweeney and the evergreen veteran  Burntwood Sorrell set the early pace but the quickest round of the class saw this combination drop to fourth spot being nearly 4 seconds under the time. Good rounds incurring zero penalties saw Amy Tate and Cheeky take eventual 2nd spot, with Ella Bubb on Shaken not Stirred picking up the third rosette. Sam Sweeney made amends from loosing her early lead on a spare ride that being Maddie Waters lovely mare Keela Jane. Sam rode the mare 3 weeks earlier to gain her qualifying spot whilst owner Maddie was injured following a fall. They were slower than her first ride but finished 0.91 under the time to win the class and prize winners spoils.

The day ended, believe it or not, with blue skies and sunshine, this obviously to the liking of Georgie Wood on her Arena Eventing specialist Sjapo le Sursaut who blitzed the 1.10m class winning by the table C class by 12 seconds from a very classy field, Sam Sweeney picked up second spot on the diminutive Just a Jewel and Katie Preston on the lovely talented mare Templar Juno. Sacha Hourigan finishing with the fourth and fifth placed rosettes.
Images by courtesy of LRG photograpy

Many thanks must go to everyone for supporting this series ,the venues in the South East for running qualifiers, judges, stewards and all our helpers and sponsors.

The 2021 finals will run at Pyecombe in February 2021.
Full results can be found at
And images from the championships at


Petley are closely monitoring the EHV-1 outbreak and are in regular communication with our vets about the outbreak.

At this moment in time Petley will run there Dressage shows this weekend although the situation will be monitored on a daily basis .Entries for NSEA Dressage are now closed as completely full but can still accept a few more for Sunday 19th BD and Unaffiliated dressage..

Whilst attending the centre the stable yard is completely ‘out of bounds’ Please bring your own water to all shows rather than go onto the yards .This also applies to the BS Show on 25th January.

The latest update we have is that there are NO reported cases in Kent, Surrey or Sussex and at the time of writing there are NO reported cases outside of Hampshire.

EHV-1 is currently only recorded in the immediate vicinity of Crofton Manor, a show jumping venue and livery yard to the west of Portsmouth. People that have attended that venue, as well as connections, have been asked to isolate their animals and monitor them for 2 weeks.

Petley’s  schooling and other facilities remain open and will remain so unless we are instructed to close by our vets. At the point we are advised to close by our vets we will do so without hesitation. This virus is passed through contact, we therefore respectfully ask anyone visiting Petley to act responsibly. The best prevention against the spread of any animal virus is responsible livestock ownership.

Therefore, if you have visited Crofton Manor in the last two weeks please do not attend Petley. If your horse has shown any signs of a temperature or ill health in the 48 hours prior to visiting please do not attend . Whilst on site please remember that EHV-1 is passed through contact. Please park separately, do not loiter or hover around collecting ring unnecessarily with your horses, do not share water buckets or graze horses whilst on site.

We reiterate our long standing position that any horse visiting Petley MUST be up to date with their flu vaccinations and carry accompanying passport for inspection if requested.

We note and share below the advice of Crofton Manor’s own vets Kings Bounty Equine Practice and we continue to monitor the advice of the National Governing Bodies and will be guided by our own vets.

“****UPDATED EHV ADVICE from Kings Bounty Equine Practice****

So far the report are that there are still no confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Virus outside of Crofton Manor.

As we continue to work closely with equine vets from other practices across Hampshire and UK specialists in equine medicine and infectious disease, we would like to update you on current advice:

  1. A) For horses that have visited Crofton over the weekend of 21/22 Dec 2019.

These horses are currently outside of the 14 day advised isolation period. These horses are likely to be low risk and isolation at this point is unlikely, but we do still advise close monitoring of these horses and all other horses on the yard. In order to identify if your horse has been exposed to EHV, a one off blood sample should be taken to identify this for clearance.

For horses that have visited Crofton after 21/22 December and are within the 14 day advised isolation period then these horses should be isolated from other horses on the yard if possible and their temperatures should be taken twice daily for at least 14 days from their visit to Crofton. Yard movements should be ceased.

Gold standard advice is that blood samples and nasopharyngeal swabs should be taken from EVERY horse that went to Crofton, taken as near to the likely exposure date as possible, followed by another 2 weeks later.

  1. C) If there are no horses on the yard that have been to Crofton, then you may continue to hack out and horses can move on and off the yard as normal. If you have any concerns, then monitoring horses’ temperatures is a useful way of screening for disease.

We will update you if this changes or if there is further advice from the UK specialists in medicine and infectious diseases

BS Ticket To Ride Update – For Unregistered Horses

Monday 30 September 2019.

As of the 15th October 2019 the former Blue Ticket to Ride will now be available online and will cover the unregistered horse for the entire day of the show rather than just the one class.

An electronic ‘Day Ticket to Ride’ will be available for purchase either individually or in multiple numbers for £5.00 each.   Existing members can purchase tickets via their Members Online login whilst non-members can also purchase tickets just as easily by registering an account with British Showjumping.

A ticket purchase history will then remain on the member/user account showing their individual status in respect of whether they are still available for use or if they have been redeemed.  Each ticket will have a unique reference number allocated to it which just needs to be given to the show centre at the point of entry.

The new Day Ticket to Ride allows for an unregistered horse to compete for a day at an affiliated show with either an existing or non-member as long as the rider is the same in each of the classes that it may enter in to. Tickets can be purchased for riders other than the member or account holder to use.  By purchasing a ticket it gives a day membership to the horse/rider combination for the show they are wishing to compete at.  Entry fees are still payable and no prize-fund or qualifications will be awarded to those competing on Day Ticket to Ride.

There will be a three month period during which the existing tickets will still be acceptable but these will not be an accepted form of entry for the unregistered horse from the 1st January 2020.

The SEEL Vardags Arena Eventing Series 2019/20

This was a  new series which started in 2018 and run jointly by Pyecombe, Coombelands and Petley Wood with the final changing venues annually between the centres. Other venues will be invited to hold qualifiers during the qualifying  period. The 2020 final takes place at Petley Wood over the weekend of 22/23 February.

The qualifying period for this championship will be from March 2019 till the middle of February 2020 and then recommence after the 2020 finals . The winners at the finals will be invited to collect there trophies and mementos  at the SEEL Ball in Tunbridge Wells in November 2020. This years winners will receive awards at the Ball on 16th November 2019.

Prizes at the final will include rugs, sashes, championship rosettes and excellent prize money according to sponsorship. It is also planned to run a stand alone class at the finals including a junior and a 1.05/10 height.

Numbers to qualify: 

The first 10 competitors in all qualifying classes at 80cm/90cm/1m to qualify for the Championship finals. Qualifying information sheets will be issued to all combinations that qualify.  If the finals are oversubscribed a ballot will take place and be decided by number of qualifying classes attended and combinations may be restricted to competing in only one championship class.

Qualifying tables will be kept updated and available to view on the websites of the centers and the South East Eventers League below

Sam Sweeney Arena Eventing Clinic in conjunction with SEEL

Taking place on Wednesday 31st December

Sam will have full use of the Arena Eventing fences including the new steps and dyke, a really useful exercise as the Arena Eventing season is in full swing. Sam is a regular local competitor who has competed up to 4* level with fifteen years experience at the top level.

To be run in groups of no more than 4 pupils, please state level of experience, height required etc when booking.

Applicants will be informed of there timings at least 2 days before.

The day will commence at 9.30am with sessions lasting one hour

Section A £30 per combination which includes arena hire

Section B £28 per combination for current SEEL members


BS Second Round Show

A big thank you for all that supported our BS second round show .Lots of good jumping and those that travelled from outside the Area had worthwhile trips.
Congratulations go to Lauren Ross who made the trip from Essex to win the Nupafeed Discovery 2nd round. In total 9 combinations jumped treble clears over Keith Bristow’s inviting courses to qualify for the National Championships at Stoneleigh in August.

All images are available from LRG Photography.

Discovery winner Lauren Ross on Irena G receive there award from Sheila Noble, MD of Nupafeed Supplements

The A Team: Keith Bristow, Jane Twemlow and Sara Pheasant checking courses.

Julie Padmore, owner of Petley Wood oversees Keith Bristow course building

Show director, Ian Bareham assisting with course changes.

PETLEY WOOD to Sponsor New Area Championship at South of England Show

We are pleased to announce that Petley Wood have agreed in conjunction with Sussex BS to sponsor a new championship class at this years South of England show. The class will run on the Saturday of the show in the Balcombe ring.

The class will be open to combinations that have qualified in Foxhunter/1.20 opens held at Sussex shows held at Pyecombe,Felbridge, Coombelands, Crockstead and Petley Wood by either being double clear or placed. The class will be named the Petley Wood Sussex BS Area 46 1.25 Open final with a winners purse of £250.

Qualified combinations must enter online before 25th May through the SEAS website for updated qualifiers

2 Day British Show Jumping Show

The weekend of May 21/22 saw competitors flock to the popular East Sussex venue for a varied 2 day BS show which included the KBIS British Novice 2nd round.

Taking top spot made the journey worthwhile from Billericay in Essex for Alice Godfrey riding her own 5yr old Hannibal S. Alice managed to shave nearly 2 seconds of her nearest rival, also from Essex, being Victoria Jacobs on Edessa II, taking third spot in the 9 horse jump off went to Sophie Weaver from Hertfordshire on the 8 yr old NBE Dynamic

The other major class of the show saw the running of the National team qualifier which went to the Sussex quartet of Betsy Davis, Lisa Copper, Kirsty Welch, and Harriet Crosbie Barcroft who finshed the 2 round table A class on zero penalties and securing there place at the National Championships

Images: Alice Godfrey & Sussex Team

Pre Badminton Grassroots Dressage in conjunction with SEEL

26th April 2017

Entries close 7 days before each date, online entries preferred.

These days will comprise of riding through a pre chosen test being judged by a listed judge who officiates at local horse trials and BD shows. The test will be marked in the normal way, the judge will then spend approx 10 minutes going through the test sheet and suggesting how better marks can be gained, the test will then be re ridden and judged accordingly.

10am start time. Start times will be available 2 days prior on