What a end to 2019! Oh and what a start to 2020- COVID 19

After a busy and successful 2019, I ended the season grooming for Daisy Bathe and Emily Finston at Bicton International in Devon, straight from being site manager at Osberton International for BEDE Events.

Both had nice successful runs in tricky conditions after having a period of wet weather that has only just really finished before I’m writing this.

Helen West and her team did a fab job to keep the show on the road (or the field) and are so lucky to have fab facilities at Bicton Arena.

I certainly had my work cut out at Osberton for the same reason with challenging conditions through the set up, competition and break down, but having a great team around me, we managed to move arenas and maintain them throughout to keep the conditions near perfect for the whole week.

After all this I made the annual trip for what I think is the seventh year over to Monart Equestrian in Ireland to help Polly & Niall Griffin run their sale.

after a super busy two weeks, I flew home for a day to unpack, wash and repack before we drove down to Gatwick to the fly out to Florida for a couple of weeks family holiday! I don’t know which I was more tired from, a season eventing or two weeks in Florida but I had the most amazing time driving on the wrong side of the road and seeing all my childhood past yet again!

I had most of December off to spend some time at home with family and enjoy the Christmas period.

I did spend a few days driving a hunt lorry and covering staff members on yards as well building a few fences for this years new Eventing Spring Carnival at Thoresby.

I started 2020 course building at Oasby Horse Trials near Grantham for BEDE events. After having some rather wet days and walking round Oasby as we couldn’t drive due to the wet ground only the week before, we were blessed with a few amazing dry and sunny days, and Oasby 1 saw four full days of competition to start the year off. I did have a day at Isleham with Team Bathe consisting of Daisy Bathe, Emily Finston and Mary Edmundson all having a nice first run of the season and a great day it was too.

After Oasby, I had three days XC Stewarding at Lincolnshire Horse Trails. This is always a lovely event being my closest to home, and having helped out there for some 15 years now and not missed one, I was glad to be back at the Showground. We again had 3 great days nearly in the sunshine but the whole eventing family were getting nervous with this dreadful coronavirus looming round the corner and taking over the world. With that, on the Monday after the horse trials had finished, all eventing was cancelled with immediate effect, closely followed by all equestrian sports. Such a hit for a everyone involved in the sport from riders, grooms, owners, contractors, volunteers and trade stands let alone the organisers who rely solely on events for their livelihood.

The week before, I had literally just pegged all the arenas out at Thoresby, so that week I had to go and pull down and pack everything away, to then transport all the fences back to Osberton for storage over the summer. It was very sad and heartbreaking knowing we wouldn’t be running the new event that everyone was looking forward too and some three weeks later, I’m sat writing this blog still not knowing when we can get going again.

COVID- 19. A world wide pandemic that has now hit home hard realising we can’t just nip and buy this, or go a see a friend, or go and cut Grannies lawn and eat her biscuits as there is always some in the back of the cupboard because she cant reach them! (no doubt they will be out of date next time I see her)

For these reasons, it’s now been a quiet few weeks, and no doubt still a few quiet weeks to come. It’s nice to have some family time, and catch up on the winter jobs at home, but how long can this go on for. I would just like to say, please if you don’t need too, don’t go out. Just stay at home and save life’s, and enjoy being with family while you can. We are all thinking of the families this has effected, and of course all our nurses and staff, the farmers and key workers that are risking their lives to keep our country  going! #getwellsoonboris!

Farewell for now – Stay Safe


Badminton – Burghley – Pau – New York

May I firstly like to wish everyone a happy new year, I’m sorry I’ve been quiet on here for a while but being quiet on here meant I was busy else where – therefore not having the time to blog or update my website.

After launching my website, I became very busy grooming up and down the country and even over seas from Badminton in May, via Fontainebleau for the YR Europeans, Burghley and then back out to South of France to Pau to finish the season off.

In the middle of all this, I had a busy time at One days, and couple of lower level three days, with a trip to Ireland with the eventing ponies, turning another year older celebrating a birthday at Burghley which was nice. After Burghley, I loaded up the caravan and moved into Osberton Horse trials, setting up the site and course building. its so different to see an event from the other side and really interesting what goes on behind the scenes and nice to know I didn’t have any horses to feed at 6am! Once the season was over, I had a few days catching up on jobs at home and getting ready for the winter, then I headed out to Ireland for the Monart Sale. After Monart, me and mum headed to New York for a few days break, but was still like being at event doing over 20,000 steps a day! The views are breath taking though and proves it doesn’t just happen in the movies!

I’ve spent most of the winter driving hunt lorries and house sitting, I did get a few days at home around Christmas which was nice.

After seeing the new year in in style, I was straight back in to work mode with not much time off since.

I look forward to 2019 being a busy one, with plenty of events already in the calendar whether im grooming, course building or working on the event site.

My first grooming event is at Isleham, then Oasby and then I’m Stewarding at Lincoln before moving into Belton for the 1st big international of the season. I look forward to seeing you all on the circuit and I hope to keep you all up to date through the season.

…..and the weather continues!

After a poor start to the season I have managed to be part of the control team at Osberton for EMDG one day event at the end of February which was a really good weekend and very lucky with the weather as shortly after, the snow came down and left us all at a stand still.

Then came the cancellations of events with one after another. A couple of weeks later I was at Lincolnshire Horse trials where I was XC Stewarding. The conditions were good considering what weather we had before hand and the ground always holds up well at the showground and we managed to run nearly two days of competition before the dreaded snow showers arrived again and with snow covering the showground within a hour, we had no choice other than to abandon.

I then finally got out grooming for two days at Great Witchingham in Norfolk for Diana Bevan and Bubby Upton. Since then I have been down at Aston Farm covering the yard for Ludvig Svennerstal while he was at Burnham Market but sadly the big boys didn’t get a run there either as the weather was just bad on the Friday night for them to continue.

I should have been busy this week course building for the Burton Hunt pony club for their annual spring hunter trial, but yes, we had to cancel this also due to the conditions of the venue.

Hopefully next time you here from me, I will have been out and about to lots of places and will hopefully be packing my bags for Badminton!

Good night! x

Welcome to my new website

Welcome to Dave Burton Equine Services. I’m a freelance groom, currently  re-branding and venturing into a couple of new things to make my business more sustainable for the future. Please, feel free to a have look around and let me know what you think! Having some spare time for essential yard cover, I’m also busy at home designing new fences and other equine equipment. In addition to my new website, I have started to produce saddle horses. Head over and have a look and contact me if you are interested in one.