Grassroots eventers in the north west have a new series to aim for this season.
British Eventing (BE) along with the organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials and Blue Chip feeds are running a BE80(T) regional league.
The Blue Chip central north west BE80(T) challenge features eight qualifiers with the final at Weston Park (2) in October.
BE’s Chris Farr said it is a “great addition” to the calendar in this area.
“This series will not only enhance the education of competitors starting out in the sport, but also serve to maintain and grow the level of BE members in the central north,” he said.
The challenge will have a dedicated Facebook group, where information and videos will be posted to help riders prepare for competition.
“As a company we have always promoted the grassroots rider and those that aspire to greater things,” said Blue Chip’s Clare Blaskey.
“Blue Chip is very proud to be part of this great new initiative”.
Finalists will receive full support from BE accredited coaches on the day, with help in the dressage warm-up as well as dedicated showjumping and cross-country course walks.
Fences on the cross-country course will be “bold and encouraging and dressed to a championship level”.
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Four combinations in each section will go forward to the final from each of the qualifying events.
Qualification will pass down the line to eighth place if combinations have already qualified.
Prizes at the final include a year’s supply of feed and supplement, clothing and the chance to feature in the feed company’s promotions.
The 2016 qualifying events are: Stafford (1) 18 – 20 March; Kelsall Hill (1) 22 – 24 April; Llanymynech (1) 14 – 15 May; Somerford Park (1) 21 – 22 May; Berriewood 11 — 12 June; Stafford (2) 15 – 17 July; Bold Heath 13 -14 August; Kelsall Hill (2) 23 – 25 September.