The 2016 British Eventing fixtures list has today gone live and boasts some exciting new opportunities as well as welcoming back many popular events at stunning venues around the country.
BE Chief Executive David Holmes commented: “I am delighted to welcome back many of the new initiatives which were launched in 2015 season, namely the TopSpec Corinthian Cup Challenge at the Festival of British Eventing, the Kent & Masters Arena Eventing Championships, as well as the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, which takes over from the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship at Badminton.
“The Fixtures Team and Regional Coordinators have been working hard this season to maintain the number of competition opportunities around the country as well as introducing a wealth of new events.
“Whilst we have sadly lost several long-standing horse trials, it is testament to the growth in the sport that we have a healthy number of venues regularly knocking at our door to host events. Thank you to all organisers for your huge efforts in running British Eventing affiliated fixtures both old and new.”
New fixtures in 2016 include:
- Forgandenny Horse Trials in Fife will be running classes at BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 level . The event’s Organiser is BE Scotland Chairman Douglas Edward who said of this new venue: “This is a very well placed venue, right in the middle of Central Scotland. We will be offering competitors in the early season a nice, flowing and inviting track for all levels of grassroots competition.”
- Dupplin in Perthshire also has BE80(T) – BE100 level classes on offer. The cross country course will be made from a variety of materials readily available from the Estate’s parkland. This event is also organised by Douglas Edward who is joint Organiser with Robert McFadzean both of whom are also BE Technical Advisors.
- Already hosting British Showjumping affiliated competitions, Speetly Equestrian Centre (Derbyshire) will now be holding BE Affiliated competitions too. Their inaugural event will be running at BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 levels.
- Horseheath in Cambridgeshire is known to many as a popular Point to Point course as well as the host of the Gosling Cup. The event is being overseen by Tim Barling and land owner Tim Vestey with a brand new cross country course designed by Tina Ure of Ely Equestrian. The hosts are opening up new land for the horse trials which will offer BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 classes.
- Offchurch Bury, Warwickshire (BE80/BE90/BE100) will be running in place of Purston Manor. The Organiser is Lloyd Hunt who has built cross country courses at Solihull; he is also a recipient of the Bill Thomson Course Design bursary. This fixture was formerly a BE venue many years ago.
Farley Hall returns for a third year with added Intermediate sections to help replace the competition opportunities lost following the cancellation of Salperton whilst Frickley Park (1) becomes the new home of the BEu18 Regional Championships. These will run at BE100 and CCI1* level.
The all-new 2016 fixtures list can now be found online here.