Following the success of the CIC*** at Bramham International Horse Trials earlier this year, the class will stay on the schedule for the 2010 event (3-6 June).
The class was originally put on to help competitors affected by the abandonment of Chatsworth International Horse Trials in May 2009. but proved to be a popular addition to the existing senior CCI*** and the under-25 CC1*** classes.
“Adding the section to next year’s event is a great idea. It gives riders such as myself an opportunity to take their younger horses to a big event,” said event rider Sharon Hunt, who took third place in this year’s CIC***.
“There’s a guaranteed atmosphere at Bramham, so although there are less fences [in the CIC***], you know your horse is still going to gain experience. I will definitely be taking part in the section in 2010.”
Bramham’s event director, Nicholas Pritchard, added: “As soon as the event finished last year, we were asked by the top riders to keep the class and we were happy to oblige.
“I hope it gives the riders a chance to bring a perhaps less experienced horse to Bramham to take in the hype and atmosphere of a top level event.”
The CIC cross-country course will follow a shorter track than the CCI classes and Ian Stark, the event’s new course designer, is currently finalising the design of both.
The section will be restricted to 40 starters and because of its addition the cross-country will now start a 9.30am and run until about 4pm.