The winter may have thrown its all at us over the past months with wet, windy and snowy conditions but progress at Frenchfield Park continues at pace. The stone wall feature fences, gateways and tracks are now nearing completion and many of the portable fences are at the ready. The ditch combination fence and the steps have been started and the cross country route has been developed to give a course of around 2500 metres. Frenchfield will be an undulating track in the main, heading off gently flat then traversing down towards a beck crossing before climbing around a knoll of ground to make a turn back down over the beck and up towards higher ground. There will be plenty of natural looking obstacles utilising larch timbers and logs and these will have an inviting profile to give a galloping feel to the course. After some steps and combination fences the new ‘on/off’ bank fence (see image below) will see competitors ride high above the Penrith football ground and over the hedges before turning home over a further combination (featuring Harry The Hedgehog) and back to the start/finish area. We aim to include a water fence for the September event as funding allows and this will feature in the middle section of the route. Jonathan Clissold, British Eventing’s Technical Advisor will be coming along in the coming weeks to inspect progress and some more images for your interest will follow.