Recently agreed is the new sponsorship by SEIB Insurance Brokers for SEIB Arena Eventing at Vale View Equestrian, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. This is a very exciting competition with serious prize money and is open to both amateur and professional. There is £1,000 per section to be won at the finals and the first prize is £500. The prize money at the qualifiers is also very generous. Competitors can also claim a free hot drink on production of their SEIB insurance documentation.
Arena eventing is a fast growing sport that was introduced at the Old Dalby venue to maximise use of their extensive facilities. The centre, in its easy to reach central location just off the A46 in Leicestershire, is fast becoming recognised as one of the UK’s best venues for the sport. Centre owner, Julie Hyslop, says, “We wanted to introduce an event to encourage safe cross country riding as well as provide an opportunity for schooling and jumping horses during the winter months, and we are delighted with the response”.
The multiple indoor and outdoor arenas at Vale View have allowed an interesting course to be developed, with a mix of show jumps, fixed and knock down cross country fences. Starting in the indoor International Arena, competitors negotiate a course of show jumps, before exiting the arena onto the cross country section and the extensive water complex, a feature of the venue. The course then undulates between the upper and lower outdoor arenas as riders navigate steps and slopes as they progress round the course, finishing over the final cross country fences back in the International Arena. International commentators help create a “big event” atmosphere which adds to the excitement for competitors and spectators.
The competition is judged on the closest to an optimum time with least penalties and there is an opportunity to qualify for the SEIB Arena Eventing at Vale View Championship on 17th and 18th September 2016. With sections for intro, pre-novice, novice and intermediate, the event appeals to riders of all levels.
Generous cash prizes are on offer, with £50 first prize for the pre-novice to intermediate classes at the qualifiers and £500 for the winners of these classes at the Championships, with further cash prizes down to third. Qualifying competitions take place regularly from January to September and there are two British Eventing qualifying events.
SEIB has an enviable reputation for supporting grass roots riders and putting something back into the equestrian world. The SEIB Arena Eventing at Vale View series enables them to expand into the eventing discipline and further develops their involvement at the venue. As a special acknowledgement, competitors who arrive with SEIB Insurance documentation (anything) will be entitled to a free hot drink in the Vale View café.
“We are delighted to have SEIB Insurance Brokers on board. We already host a qualifier for their popular SEIB Search for a Star and SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse showing series and we also hold regular qualifiers for the SEIB Trailblazers Championships. Their support will help raise the profile of Arena Eventing at Vale View”, said Julie.
Leading equine Insurance brokers, SEIB Insurance Brokers provide cover for horses, horse boxes, yards and much more. “Arena Eventing offers the thrill of riding cross country in the relative safety of the arenas and on a consistent surface. We are very excited to be involved with this fast growing sport and to expand our support into the eventing world”, said Nicolina MacKenzie, Marketing Manager at SEIB Insurance Brokers.
SEIB Arena Eventing at Vale View Dates:
January 2016: 3rd/17th/31st; February 2016: 28th (also BE qualifier); March 2016: 6th/13th; April 2016: 3rd/17th; May 2016: 1st/15th; June 2016: 12th/25th; July 2016: 10th/24th; August 2016: 14th/27th; September 2016: 11th; Championships: 17th/18th September 2016.
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