With this in mind I wanted to briefly outline other, more suitable, venues. When suggesting these venues I am ignoring any potential opposition or other reasons why they couldn't be used, making suggestions purely based on a desire to make the event as good as, if not better than, our other 4 star 3 day events.
|Hyde Park | The Best Compromise Venue|
I'm sure the main reason this park has been dismissed as a venue is terrain [Hyde Park is relatively flat], but I really don't buy that. Yes, ideally a few undulations help a course designer make the optimum time as influential as possible, but I think this is a perfect opportunity and challenge to design a course that is truly challenging based on what you put before horse and rider, not how fit the horse is.
For me this is THE "London" venue, it has proven crowd capacity, transport, access etc. It has suitable turf, it's large enough to run a full 11min 15sec 4 star track, and it's a lot more "friendly" to new adaptation than Greenwich is with it's World Heritage Status. I think this would be a very popular venue.
Windsor Great Park:
|Windsor Great Park | The Perfect Venue|
In summary, Windsor Great Park would be the perfect venue, and Hyde Park I think is the best compromise. Other locations that might just as easily work:
Hampton Court/ Richmond Park
Badminton Deer Park
The Greenwich Park Brochure I think adequately highlights the compromises being made. For the purposes of my 'Volunteer Course Designer Project' I will be setting the course in Hyde Park. My reasons for this will become clear in another post shortly.