Clinton Devon Estates and South Western Show Jumping Club Joint Statement

Clinton Devon Estates and South Western Show Jumping Club Joint Statement

Clinton Devon Estates and South Western Show Jumping Club Joint Statement


ISSUE DATE: Tuesday 5th October 2010           


Bicton Arena and South Western Show Jumping Club announce the end of their 35 year link


South Western Show Jumping Club and Clinton Devon Estates, the owners of Bicton Arena in East Devon, have issued a joint statement announcing the end of their 35 year association.


"The decision for SWSJC to move out of Bicton Arena follows many months of discussion and negotiation over revised terms and conditions to reflect the upgrading of the venue.


Both parties are disappointed not to have been able to reach an agreement particularly as they have been so closely linked for so many years. South Western Show Jumping Club held its first event at Bicton Arena in 1975 and has since organised and staged British Show Jumping (BS) events each year at Bicton Arena .  


South West Show Jumping Club is in the process of securing a new venue for next year's BS events and the committee will inform members of the new arrangements in due course. In the meantime the Club will remove its equipment from Bicton Arena for use in future competitions.


It is testament to the hard work and commitment of both parties over many years that the South West is recognised, and will continue to be recognised, for its equestrian facilities and excellence."





•·        Bicton Arena is an official pre-Olympic training centre for international teams and individuals in the run up to the London 2012 Games. It also stages the British Eventing Horse Trials and will, for the first time, offer full BE Novice competitions. Bicton Arena also hosts horse and pony club events and is available for private bookings throughout the year.

•·        South West Show Jumping Club was established in 1968  for the benefit of riders and to help with the education of their horses.  It is a non-profit making club, run by volunteers, with all surpluses being ploughed back into the Club.


…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892