There will be a new qualifying class for the Express Eventing series this year.

The qualifier will take place at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace (24 July) and will boast a prize pot of £10,000.

Unlike in previous years, the 2011 series is open to any qualifying combination. There will be 16 places in each qualifier, eight for senior riders and eight for junior riders, with the top placed in each group going through to the final at Horse of the Year Show (4 October).

The other three qualifiers will be held at the Bolesworth Classic, the Lincolnshire Show and Gatcombe’s Festival of Eventing.

Check out the qualification criteria and enter at www.expresseventing.co.uk

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (5 May, 2011)