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The organisers of Badminton International Dressage Championships are looking for a new sponsor for the young dressage horse of the future class for next year.

The Championships have been run for 22 years by the Duchess of Beaufort and the young horse class was introduced in 1991.

The class, which is unaffiliated, boasts the largest prize money in Europe for a dressage competition. £3,200 was given to the winner last year with cash prizes all the way down to £100 for 10th place.

Derby House has sponsored the class for the past six years but the organisers are now on the hunt for a new sponsor. Before that the class was sponsored by rider Christian Landolt and his hotel Whatley Manor.

There are 31 qualifiers around the country, which start in late march and end in mid June. The finals take place in July on the Badminton estate in Gloucestershire.

The class is open to four- and five-year-olds and last year the final had 52 entries.

Last year the finals was won by Michael Eilberg with Woodlander Farouche.

“We want to keep up the standard and for the championships to be the ultimate competition,” said organiser Ian Adsetts.

For more information visit: www.badmintondressage.co.uk