David Evans and Richard Taylor design and build cross country courses and portable cross country jumps. Their scope of work includes everything from supplying portable schooling jumps to building, dressing and maintaining cross country courses for high profile international three day events.
David Evans and Richard Taylor are based in Oxfordshire and travel both nationally and internationally to design and build cross country courses.
Having begun his cross country coursebuilding career at the family event of Holker Hall Horse Trials in Cumbria in the late 1980s, David Evans began full time building in 1992, forming part of Mike Etherington Smith's coalition of early Blenheim coursebuilders.
Forming a partnership with Richard Taylor in 1998, David, Richard and their dedicated team have gone from strength to strength, building for designers such as Mike Etherington Smith, Ian Stark, Captain Mark Phillips and Eric Winter. Please follow the links below for more information.
David and Richard are at the forefront of cross country course building, having been closely involved in bringing the safetly of horse and rider into course building and xc jump design. David has recently been awarded the The British Eventing Bill Thompson Trophy for his modernising approach to cross country course building.
David, Richard and thier team built the Mike Etherington Smith designed cross country course for the Olympic event in Hong Kong in 2008- Read about the preparations for an olympic event and 'walk' the 2008 course!
To find out more about Evans and Taylor cross country course building and design services, visit our 'Design and Build' page.
Among others large and small, David and Richard build Captain Mark Phillips' CCI 3 & 4* courses at Luhmulen in Germany, the Ian Stark designed CIC & CCI3* courses at Chatsworth and Bramham and the Eric Winter designed CCI3* and CIC3* courses at Blenheim Palace.
To find out more about these and other Evans and Taylor built courses large and small visit Our cross country courses page.
Alongside thier seasonal round of cross country course building, David and Richard (also known as DERT) construct and install portable xc jumps for private individuals, training courses, pony clubs and horse trials at home and abroad.
Portable jumps are now commonplace on cross country courses, especially those which take place on large sites and public parkland where permanent obstacles would not be appropriate.
Evans and Taylor portables draw on David and Richards considerable experience of designing and constructing first and foremost for the safety of horse and rider. Whilst many Evans and Taylor portable cross country jumps grace high status international events, the same designs can be scaled down to suit horses and riders of all abilities.
Evans and Taylor portables prevent the cutting up of ground and are easily transportable, facilitating their placing and movement within any cross country course or training area.
See our xc portables page for more infomation.
Many of David Evans and Richard Taylor's cross country courses incorporate carved logs and animal sculptures carved by David Evans.
David Evans' best known chainsaw log carvings are the 'Crouching Dragons' on the Hong Kong Olympic course in 2008, and the the paired lions and birds that travel with him to many events!
As well as large log carvings, David produces smaller sculptures used as 'unjumpable' elements on xc courses. Chainsaw carvings (small and large) are also produced on commission as garden features!
Visit our Log and Animal Carvings page for more pictures and information.
Page last updated by Helen Evans 21.01.13 >