The Equine Affairs Grasshoppers series has proved more popular than ever this year, with classes selling out at several venues. ‘It is the only grassroots training British Eventing does,’ explained a spokesperson for Equine Affairs. ‘The series gives riders a chance to polish up the rough edges before the season begins.’
But those wishing to participate need to sign up quickly – several classes at Hartpury (11 February), Arena UK (14 February) and Solihull (18 February) are already running wait lists.
Grasshoppers Show Jumping is open to all riders, whether they are British Eventing affiliated or not, and is designed to encourage those starting eventing as well as those competing at grassroots level. This year Equine Affairs is running both intro and pre-novice qualifiers as well as clear round schooling at both heights at eight centres across Britain.
Riders are judged on style and performance with the 10 highest scoring rounds qualifying for the final at Morton Morrell (29 April). Finalists all receive Grasshoppers clothing and a £20 Equine Affairs voucher. The courses are built on the basis of British Eventing Show Jumping tests and are aimed at encouraging effective riding. All courses will be designed by David Brockett, BSJA accredited designer.
For more information on Grasshoppers and to find out about availability log on to www.grasshopperssj.com . Entries to join a wait list for any of the full classes can only be taken over the phone +44 (0)2476 698853.