Gatcombe Horse Trials will run the first CIC* in Britain at its autumn fixture (15-16 September), which will be sponsored by the Network Group for the second year running.

The CIC* has been put on chiefly as a selection trial and qualification opportunity for horses aiming for the six-year-old CCI* at the young horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers in France (18-20 October).

Last year, Le Lion’s organisers enforced the rule requiring six-year-olds to have done a CIC* (or a CCI*), which meant that most of the British entries were unqualified.

There was also controversy over late changes to the number of places accolated to each country. This year, every country — except France, which as host has more places — has three places in the six-year-old CCI* and five in the seven-year-old CCI**.

For full details on the selection policy visit: www.britisheventing.co.uk

  • This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (8 February, ’07)