The 2021 Cotswold Cup Championships will run at Gatcombe on 11 and 12 September, in what organisers describe as an “exciting, never seen before opportunity”. Each winner, of classes from 80 to 100cm, will take home a minimum of £1,000 in prize money.
This is the first unaffiliated event to be held at the home of the princess and Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, where the Festival of British Eventing has run since 1984.
“I am delighted that there will be horse trials over this part of the estate again, and especially to support this enterprising new grassroots competition,” the princess said.
“I hope competitors will be inspired by the setting and that it will give them something fun and challenging to aim at as sport gets going again after lockdown.”
The Cotswold Cup is a new series for this year, comprising a number of “big occasion” events across the area, and a “thrilling and prestigious championship with big money prizes”.
The main championships run from 80 to 100cm, with an under-18s’ section in each class. The youth winners will be awarded training bursaries with top eventers Laura Collett, Harry Meade and Tom McEwen, who have all signed up to train the up-and-coming riders.
Riders will accrue points throughout the series to qualify for the finals.
A 70cm class has since been added, with a separate championships at Waverton House (2) in July.
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“Unaffiliated eventing is about to become very exciting and we cannot wait to welcome you to the series”
Dates and venues:
15-16 May: Waverton House, Sezincote, Gloucestershire
28-30 May: Oxstalls, Stroud, Gloucestershire
19-20 June: Great Tew, Banbury, Oxfordshire
3-4 July: Oxstalls, Stroud, Gloucestershire
17-18 July: Barbury Castle, Marlborough, Wiltshire
24-25 July: Waverton House, Sezincote, Gloucestershire
21-22 August: Crown Farm, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
11-12 September: Gatcombe Park championships
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