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Transport for competitions

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:49 pm
by Kaliska
How does everyone arrange transport to competitions?

I dont want to compete at a high level, and my dad has a towing vehicle with a tow bar, so we normally hire a trailer, but it's gone up to £40 a time now, let alone petrol and time etc!

If we bought a trailer, my dad would always have to be giving me a lift unless I did my trailer test. This seems a bit unfair as my dad works as a salesman so he also needs to work weekends.

I could drive a small lorry but they are shockingly expensive, and I'd have to pay to do my HGV test to drive a 3.5 ton + lorry.

So, what does everyone else do? Is it possible to hire a trailer for a year and it still be cost effective? Or should we consider buying a secondhand trailer and just going out when possible?

I will eventually, I hope, inherit my dad's car, but there's still the issue of taking a trailer test.

Horse transporters cost a fortune too!

Re: Transport for competitions

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:39 pm
by pukkapony
You can get (subject to finance) lease hire for a horse trailer from trident trailers. You can pay over a 3 year plan I think, and then at the end of the contract the trailer is yours. www.tridenttrailers.com or you could try: www.indespension.com or www.bateson.com
I would reccomend the Bateson Deauville or Ascot - fantastic trailers. Avoid Rice second hand trailers as Rice trailers are well known for the floors collapsing whilst in transisit, you can get a free check on your existing horse trailer through Trident Trailers too currently!

With regards to the trailer test (B+E), its not very expensive and even if you did get your lisence before Jan 2007 its still worth taking as they teach you the proper way to reverse with a horse trailer.

Re: Transport for competitions

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:46 pm
by Kaliska
That's a good idea - thanks I'll look into that!

Re: Transport for competitions

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:33 pm
by lemmethink
I looked into hiring a trailer for a season, and when they didn't have any available, bought one. A good one will hold its value, so consider that before shelling out for a used one. People on my yard have split the cost of buying one - is there anyone you'd consider doing that with?