New venue for BRC quadrille final

  • The British Riding Club quadrille final is being held at Bury Farm Equestrian Village on 22 October, after Olympia announced it could no longer host the competition.

    The quadrille will be held on the final Saturday night performance of the All Stars showjumping championship (20-22 October), the biggest show run at the Buckinghamshire venue.

    The 2016 final will open the Saturday evening performance at 7pm. “It’s not Olympia but we’re going to do our best to create our own electric atmosphere,” said Bury Farm director Gareth Jenkins.

    Olympia organisers had cited timetable, parking and stabling constraints as reasons for cancelling the fixture.

    “The Olympia horse show committee had to make the regrettable decision to discontinue hosting the BRC quadrille,” said a show spokesman in February. “We would like to thank everyone who has been involved for their support over the years.”

    A BRC spokesman added that it was “hugely disappointing” for members to lose the Olympia final.

    The event was not covered on television at Olympia as it was staged early in the morning, but at Bury Farm the quadrille final is to be live-streamed.

    BRC competition manager Rachael Hollely-Thompson added: “Our members have received it well.

    “We wanted to embrace the gala type event and so this was a good fit, we are delighted that Bury Farm has been able to accommodate the final and we look forward to the whole show.

    “There is of course the additional benefit of the event being live-streamed so supporting club members that cannot attend can watch all the action unfold live as it happens. The qualifier will take place as usual on the Saturday evening of the BRC dressage to music championships.”

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    This year, 17 teams are entered for the qualifier, on 1 October also at Bury Farm. The top four teams go through to the final.

    Among the hopefuls will be Saffron Walden & District Riding Club (pictured), which has won the final a record seven times, coming second last year to Moat View, from Kent.

    Moat View is having a year off this year due to rider and horse injury. The club has won the final five times.

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