For the past ten years Suzuki GB’s ATV division has supported Musketeer Events, which is now a part of Tri-Star Eventing alongside sister company Bede Events. Tri-Star Eventing specialises in equestrian eventing and manages eight eventing sites across the United Kingdom.
Throughout the year 15 events are hosted, over 35 days, for 8,000 athletes and their horses and thousands of spectators, including Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
It goes without saying that before any event there is extensive preparation and after any event, reparation! That is where Suzuki ATVs become an integral tool for success for Tri-Star Eventing.
Before an event, ground repair work needs to take place, which includes grass seeding and fertilising the sites to get them ready – the ATVs are integral to this work as they can accommodate a range of attachments.
During the events the ATVs are relied heavily upon as they enable score collections to be effectively conducted, officials to be transported throughout the course during the event and they allow key people quick and easy access without any restrictions.
Other benefits of using Suzuki ATVs at eventing shows include the size advantage to navigate areas where larger vehicles would struggle. Additionally, ATVs are less likely to disturb the horses like motorbikes or other larger vehicles would. ATVs easily cover the tough terrain, tight spaces and woods thanks to their versatile traction and grip in all conditions. Also, during the bigger events there are crowds to contend with, but the ATVs are easily manoeuvred thanks to power steering!
Often there will be the need for officials and event organisers to use the ATVs by themselves, however, as most haven’t had much contact with ATVs before they fall into the category of inexperienced or novice riders. Thanks to the simple controls and key information available at a glance with the LCD displays, there has never been an incident or any issues, and the feedback received is that the ATVs are easy to operate, safe and stable!
Alec Lochore who is the director of Musketeer Events, is also the Eventing Competition Manager for the Tokyo Olympics taking place in 2020 as well as the Event Director for the Blair Castle International Horse Trails held in Scotland annually. He said, “Both in my work as an event organiser and in my everyday activities, both professional and leisure, I couldn’t live without my Suzuki ATVs.”
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