Join Team Tapner Academy for an ‘Everything Grooming Day!’

Join Team Tapner Academy for an ‘Everything Grooming Day!’

Where: Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre
When: 16/08/21

Event Information

Join Team Tapner Academy for an ‘Everything Grooming Day!’

Paul and Georgina have worked together for 20 years forming Tapner Eventing Team. They have represented Australia at the very best 3 days and have taken part in many more of all levels in their quest to reach the top. They have WON best turned out, best groomed horses and Best dressed at many events, Lumulhen, Badminton, Tattersalls and Bramham to name just a few.  
They will be joined by Cara Bexton, Cara is a freelance international event groom and has groomed at more than 40 4* and 5* competitions for many top riders. She knows all the tricks of the trade and has helped many riders to top placings including grooming for Pippa Funnel during her grand slam years. She is well regarded on the circuit as one of the best and her experience and Knowledge is second to none!
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Withdrawal Date: 9 August 2021
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Event Classes

The following classes are available for the Join Team Tapner Academy for an ‘Everything Grooming Day!’

Everything Grooming Day Training Day

Entries & Entry Fees

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Cost: £75 non members £60 TTA members 10am – 4pm please bring a packed lunch.
All entries are subject to a non refundable booking fee of £2


Cancellation: In the event of a cancellation, entry fees will be returned less £5 admin fee is retained

Withdrawals: 72 hours before OR once the times are done and sent out. Before the closing date entries will be refunded less £5 admin fee any course booking fee will be dependable on each venues rules.

All entries are subject to a non refundable booking fee stated online

The Program

Packing and Preparation

The day will include how to pack and prepare for taking your horse away, to also include a 3 day event. We will guide you through what to expect during your stay from arrival to departure and how to help your horse to compete to its maximum capabilities. This will include touching on Bio Security and doping rules, regulations and what to do if you or your horse get pulled for a drugs test plus much more.


After Care and Icing after XC

We will discuss preparation for the cooling down of your horse post XC. The normal procedure at a 3 day event when you are asked to cool down in a specific area in front of vets. We will also include our views on how to ice a horse post XC whether this is at the end of a competition or with a view to trot up the next day. This section can be the most hard work for an event groom and a rider and leads straight in to the trot up section.

Trot Up 

Trot ups are a very important part of 3 day eventing. It is the first impression the Ground Jury see of you and your horse and can have devastating consequences if the Ground Jury are not impressed! It can also very sadly mean that after yours and your horses hard efforts the day before on the XC you may be spun in the final trot up before the showjumping and sometimes this can be just down to bad presentation by the riders. There is an art to presenting your horse in the trot up and Paul is a renowned expert in this important phase of Eventing. Learn how to prepare your horse for the trot up and how to present your horse (which believe it or not includes everyday leading!) and what to do if your horse is held.


Turn Out (3pm to 4pm)

For those who want to at the end of this session there will be a chance to learn how to plait, do quarter markers and learn the tips on how to present your horse looking sparkling and Beautiful!


Event Booking Information

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Venue Information

Wickstead Farm Equestrian Centre is a BHS Approved Livery and Facilities Centre and listed in the BHS Where To Train.  We are an Approved Pony Club Centre and also a Registered Riding for the Disabled Group.  The establishment holds a full Council Licence is compliance of Section 1 of the Riding Establishments Act.

Wickstead Farm offers a full range of livery, schooling and competition facilities including indoor school, fully lit outdoor manege, horse walker, cross country course and spa.  Based on a large National Trust Estate, between Highworth and Coleshill on the Wiltshire / Oxfordshire border, our clients enjoy off road riding and river crossings through beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Cross Country Course
Wickstead has its own Professionally built Cross Country, with a range of jumps up to 3’3″ including two water complexes. We also have a new little minimus course with jumps 1′ – 1’9 . It is available for use for Competitions and Schooling.

If you would like to book the course for schooling it is £20 per horse please phone to let us know when you would like to come on 01793 762265 or send an email to

Wickstead Farm, Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7PP

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