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


SEEL Arena Eventing Final Prize Winners

cath fowdey,100 winner 100 prize winners 90 winner emma barther 90 prize winners

80winner katy laver 80 prize winners 1.10 winner cath fowdrey 1.10 prize winners

BS Shows

Entries for these shows have improved dramatically over the last couple of months after there was concern over carrying on running these shows, thank you for your support. We have been requested by competitors to run some 1.30 Opens at future shows, this we will do on a trial basis to gather what support this additional class attracts…First one at our Valentines day show on February 14th….a real opportunity to spoil your other half with a day out at Petley !

Petley will run our first 2 day show over the weekend of 20th/21st of May. We are hosting a British Novice 2nd round on the Saturday and a National team qualifier on the Sunday….full schedules will be on the website soon.

Further dates announced for Nick Turner Clinics

We have been very fortunate to secure the services of Nick Turner for more dates for his ever popular clinics at Petley, these being February 27th (nearly full), March 16th,  April 13th and 10th May. Online pre payment is required for these clinics and often fill a month in advance


Latest Updates….


With the onset of our BD Dressage and Combined Training and running 2 arenas concurrently we are trying to get a pool of dressage writers together, whether you compete, have an interest in dressage or just at a loose end we would appreciate your help.

From a competitors perspective, dressage writing can be so educational and a real eye opener as to what the judge can see and what they are looking for during there test and is sure to gain you better marks. As a mark of our appreciation we will issue vouchers up to the value of £25 to be used against arena hire or competitions at Petley, you will also be fed and watered all day !!

All of our Dressage is judged by BD listed judges and normally runs on a Thursday or at a weekend, so if you have a few hours to spare and feel you can help please contact us by email to


SEEL ‘Home Farm’ Arena Eventing Finals

The finals for the inaugural running of this prestigious new series takes place at Petley over the weekend of 4/5 March, it’s now time to get your entries in or get yourself qualified if you haven’t already as time is running out ! We already have lots entered for the finals so don’t leave it to the last minute. The last qualifier takes place at Petley the week before the final on February 25th.

For updated list of qualified combinations follow the link

And for the schedule for the final


South of England Unaffiliated SJ Championships

These now sought after championships with better prize money than many of there alternative alongside rugs and sashes take place on Easter Sunday, April 16th, so as a special surprise you might find some edible Easter goodies on offer for all starters ? Follow the link for the schedule for the final

And to check if you have qualified yet


South of England Unaffiliated Dressage Championships

These finals take place on Sunday 23rd April with 2 arenas running concurrently giving you the opportunity to have a warm up test if required, or if not qualified another opportunity to get another competition under your belt, follow the link for the schedule

Preference will be given to qualified combinations for the warm up classes and NO callers will be allowed in championship classes

To see if you have qualified yet for the Intro, Prelim or Open final check out the lists of qualified combinations


BD Dressage and Unaffiliated Dressage

 We are running many of our Unaffiliated Dressage alongside BD classes this year, although the uptake for BD has not been that inspiring up till now. You will notice that for these competitions you will be allocated a bridle no with your start times, this is compulsory whilst running competitions together. Please could you please bring your bridle numbers along to future competitions and we are hoping that the tack shop that attends most of our shows will have them available to purchase.

Top US Grand Prix Rider & Coach to visit Petley in March


Sandy Osbourne will be coaching at Petley Wood on 3rd/6th/7th/8th/9th March 2017

US Grand Prix dressage rider, national judge and trainer Sandy Osborn visits the UK several times a year to train riders at all levels. Sandy has learned from some of the world’s most influential classical trainers and has sat in the hot seat alongside top judge, Stephen Clarke, scribing in two World Cup competitions. She has a unique way of delivering her message that makes dressage both fascinating and fun, and is available for one-to-one lessons for all abilities.
Here is some of the feedback Sandy received after her visit to Sussex last summer: “You treated every horse as an individual and each rider made obvious improvements in their session.” “Fantastic afternoon, would highly recommend a lesson or popping along to the next session. Sandy’s technical explanation and advice is exceptional, a real eye opener and so easy to understand.”
Spectators welcome at £5 per day
For more information, like Sandy’s UK page on Facebook:
Contact Jane Pether: 07515578174 or