20th April 2021
We have been very lucky at Team Way Eventing with both Sarah and myself meeting the criteria for ‘elite athletes’.
This has enabled us to keep travelling and training during lockdown, and to run our horses at some of the elite only events in March. The cancellation of Badminton was very disappointing. However, we are now looking to Luhmuhlen in Germany at the end of June, as a replacement aim.
All of our horses have had their first runs of season. Now our biggest challenge is that the ground conditions have gone from soft mud to very firm in the space of two weeks. The ground permitting we are... more
4th March 2021
At Butler Sherborn, we receive this Budget with cautious optimism. The Chancellor seems to have found a balance between supporting families, businesses and the self-employed, as the effects of the Covid Pandemic role on short to medium term, whilst looking to properly address and correct the deficit in the future.
For the property sector, there are some helpful measures, albeit the Stamp Duty holiday is probably a two edged sword.
In the short term, the nil rate SDLT band remains at £500,000 and this has been extended from 31st March 2021 to 30th June 2021. This nil rate band then reduces to £250,000 until 30th September 2021, before returning back to £125,000 from 1st October 2021. At some point therefore, there will be the cliff edge to face, but the phasing will certainly help maintain the... more
19th November 2020
Given that in the spring it looked unlikely that we would have any international competitions at all during 2020, at Team Way Eventing we have managed to have a surprisingly successful productive season!
The positive side of the spring lockdown was being able to spend so much time working on the basics with the young horses, without the pressure of having to take them to competitions. Interestingly, I think they ended up progressing more quickly than normal. The major blows for us were the cancellations of some of the big international events, such as Badminton in the spring and Blenheim in the autumn. However, we are able to get some good 4* runs into our top horses, and qualify all of... more
7th August 2020
Gently through the summer, equestrian events, from racing, eventing and polo to Pony Club activities and Fun Rides, have begun to take place again.
These activities are all subject to Covid regulations of course and there are no spectators as such. It is a great relief to all competitors, owners, trainers and those in the industry that the horses are now able to compete and work in their respective disciplines.
Butler Sherborn’s Head of Equestrian Property, Ben Way of Team Way Eventing comments – ‘We were lucky enough to be able to keep all of our horses in work during the Lockdown period which allowed us to get going straight... more