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Owners of sports horses have the chance to compete in a new showing series this year, due to kick off in April.

The WINERGY Equilibrium Flat Ridden Sport Horse of the Year series, launched by the feed company and the Sports Horse Breeding Society, has been tailored specifically for sports horses that do not fit into a traditional ridden showing class.

In the series each competitor must elect a discipline — dressage, showjumping or eventing — and will be awarded a separate mark based on the horse’s suitability for the chosen discipline.

“There is no jumping involved,” explained Marian Eydmann of the Sport Horse Breeding Society, “but each competitor will perform an individual show, including a gallop.

“Marks will be divided between confirmation, quality of paces and their suitability for the chosen discipline.”

The series, which is open to four-, five- and six-year-olds, will feature 12 qualifying competitions held throughout the country, culminating at the national hunter supreme championship show at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in September.

“The class has been very popular,” continued Marian. “In fact, we’ve had more shows wanting to host the competitions than we’ve had qualifiers available!”

Prize money will be offered to all those placed from 1st to 3rd, and to the highest placed four-year-old.

In addition, those placed from 1st to 6th will be able to take part in ‘WE is on trial’, a WINERGY Equilibrium feed trial which offers a month’s free feed in return for feedback.

For further information, visit www.sporthorsegb.co.uk