More than £35,000 will be on offer at Wales and the West show centre at the inaugural Welsh Masters show jumping championships (10-13 June).
At a time when county level jumping appears to be on the wane, showground owner David Broome has attracted a clutch of new sponsors and hopes to secure TV coverage with BBC Wales and Sky.
Qualification classes have begun at indoor shows nationwide and are proving so popular that the show has been extended by a day.
The schedule includes 12 finals for every grade and age of horse, with the bill topped by the grand prix — held on the Monday by request of the BSJA, to avoid clashing with country shows. There are ladies’ and gentlemen’s championship, while young riders have their own title.
Spectator seating at the venue has enjoyed a multi-million pound upgrade during recent years.
“I’m very patriotic and running the number one show jumping event in Wales means a lot,” says Broome.
For details (tel: 01291 420777), visit www.welshmasters.co.uk or