British Eventing Announces New Location for Spring CCI** 2007-2009
King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
The British Eventing Fixtures Committee will be tasked with finding an appropriate date in the calendar for the Houghton Hall CCI** for each of the next 3 years.
The Board of British Eventing engaged the services of two highly respected and independent experts in Yogi Breisner and Mike Tucker to assist Jonathan Clissold and the British Eventing Regional Director(s) with four site visits across the country during March. The Board then made a decision based on their report. Each site was evaluated on its suitability for producing an event which would be good for developing young horses, attracting public interest and sponsorship and be an asset to the sport in this country.
Commenting on the selection of Houghton Hall Yogi Breisner said: "The location and setting of Houghton Hall provides an opportunity to run a world class event in over 800 acres of parkland, on sandy soil with a truly stunning backdrop for spectators and sponsors."
Alec Lochore said of the decision "I am extremely grateful to Lord Cholmondeley and Robert Miller, the Houghton Land Agent, for their total support and cooperation in allowing us to run horse trials at this first class venue. The sport of Horse Trials is lucky to have access to such wonderful estates and this is a great opportunity for the sport. Houghton is the sort of site that an organising team dreams of running a Horse Trials at, as there is a spectacular back drop, masses of room, excellent going and a very cooperative estate. The pressure is now on to deliver an event that befits the venue!"
Lord Cholmondeley added his support by saying "I am delighted that Houghton Hall has been awarded this opportunity to run a major International Horse Trials in this beautiful park. We look forward to working with Alec Lochore and his team, welcoming the eventing fraternity to Houghton and developing this exciting opportunity into a leading date in the calendar"
Peter Durrant, Chief Executive of British Eventing added: "We are thrilled that another prestigious and beautiful location has come to British Eventing and congratulate the team who put together such a strong bid. The quality of all the applications was extremely high and the sport was spoilt for choice in making this decision".
Houghton Hall is home of the 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and is situated just off the A148 King's Lynn to Cromer road, close to the Norfolk coast, Norwich and the Norfolk Broads.
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