ANYONE who entered the last of this summer’s endurance rides at Euston Park on Sunday (13 August) was to be offered “a raft of enhanced incentives” – including the chance to win a holiday to Dubai.
“To celebrate the final ride of four”, organisers, and the sponsors of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Festival, offered each British entrant a £250 allowance to cover entry fees and travel costs, plus free local hotel accommodation.
This was boosted to £400 for those who entered by 7 August, while overseas entrants were offered £800.
A spokesman for The Hpower Group, which organises the rides, said: “The organisers, in conjunction with the sponsors of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Endurance Festival, are delighted to be able to offer a number of benefits that will aid riders to compete in the world-class venue of Euston Park.
“There will also be a number of wonderful Emirates Airlines prizes to win, including an all-expenses-paid trip to Dubai.”
Each rider will also be given a framed photograph of his or her horse at the first inspection, and a stable plaque.
The measures were aimed at “attracting bumper entries from both home and away”.
HPower Group event director Nick Brooks-Ward said: “We are really excited to be able to offer this generous package to our competitors in celebration of the final event in this successful season of rides.
“The series has been a great opportunity to showcase the endurance discipline and we are delighted to be able to give something back to all those who make the commitment and sacrifices needed to participate in equestrian sport.”
Endurance GB chairman John Hudson added: “The events so far have been extremely successful in reinstating Euston Park as a world-class endurance venue. We hope that as many Endurance GB members as possible play an active role in the last ride this year, both competing and assisting the event organisers. I am sure the additional incentives will further enhance the competition and make it a thoroughly enjoyable event for all.”
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Four classes will be run on 13 August: a CEI1* 80km, a senior and a young rider 120km and a CEI3* 160km.
The spokesman added: “In an ongoing effort to ensure that horse welfare is at the forefront of the rides, the prize pot of £54,500 will be awarded based solely on judging pursuant to FEI’s Best Condition Awards [Article 822].”