US cross-country course builder Eric Bull has donated a fence to be auctioned to support the US Eventing Association’s Collapsible Fence Study.
There is a reserve of $500 on Bull’s novice level cross-country cabin, which would normally sell for around $1000.
Funds raised would go toward efforts to renew the Collapsible Fence Study, with eventing supporter Jacqueline Mars challenging the USEA to raise $25,000 for the project. If the target is met, Mars will also donate $25,000 for the study.
Bull has built courses for the world’s top designers and is in great demand because of his commitment to superior construction using the very best materials possible.
The cabin was part of the course at the Young Event Horse Championship earlier this year.
The 2009-2010 Frangible (Collapsible) Fence Study, conducted by Dr Suzanne Smith of the University of Kentucky and supported financially by the USEA and the USEF, was put on hiatus because of the economic recession in the US.
Smith continued to work independently with engineers and researchers in Britain and with MIM system developer Mats Bjorneton. This work has resulted in many new types of fences now becoming eligible for the use of the new technology.
The comprehensive international study will take up to two years and estimates are that about $160,000 will need to be raised to cover the costs.
Bids on the cabin can be made here.