Express Eventing finalists confirmed for Horse of the Year Show

  • Oliver Townend, Matthew Wright and Alex Hua Tian will be among the line-up of 15 event riders competing at the Express Eventing 2011 Final at Horse of the Year Show on 4 October.

    The riders secured their places through a series of qualifiers held around the country this summer. And last year’s winner Flora Harris automatically gets a slot in the final. The riders will be fighting for the first prize of £12,500.

    The final will consist of freestyle dressage to music, cross-country and showjumping, all in Birmingham’s LG Arena

    Stephen Renouard, from Express Eventing, said: “The qualifiers have been a tremendous success with an approximate total of 250,000 spectators at the various events.

    “The 2011 final line-up shows the quality of riders. The senior athletes really enjoy this form of eventing and the younger riders relish the chance to compete on a level playing field with some of the best names in the sport.”

    The final 15 are — Matthew Wright, Oliver Townend, Harry Meade, Fiona Hobby, Sam Griffiths, Fraser Duffy, Jo Chipperfield, Alex Hua Tian, Paul Sims, Will Murray, Sienna Myson-Davies, Flora Harris, Shari Butchart, Jess Butler and Georgie Spence.

    For more information visit: www.expresseventing.co.uk

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