Known as the Brigante Cup, the series gets underway at Epworth Horse Trials on April 25 and will be run at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm level.
Qualifiers for the prestigious final will take place at:
- Epworth – April 24
- Eland Lodge – May 2
- Breckenbrough – May 15
- Shelford – June 1
- Eland Lodge – June 12
- Northallerton – July 18
- Cholmondley – August 7 or 8
- Epworth – August 15
- Northallerton – August 29
- Shelford – August 30
- Frickley –September 12 and 13 – Grand Final
Said Helen Bell, organiser of the Breckenbrough qualifier: “As a group of organisers we wanted to come together to lift the level of unaffiliated eventing available for competitors and the plan is coming together really well.
“All the qualifiers are at great venues and to have the final at Frickley Park will be a fantastic location for these hard working riders who can look forward to a prestigious occasion towards the end of the season.”
Adds John Coupland, organiser of Eland Lodge: “This series gives competitors at an unaffiliated level an excellent selection of courses and facilities to experience.
“It is a fantastic taster of what’s to come as they join British Eventing and progress through the levels.”
The top two in each section at the qualifiers will automatically earn a place in the final with those riders from third place down each accruing points. This will be run on a league basis with the most number of points accepted into the final.
The Grand Final will see competitors completing a long arena dressage test in front of the Hall at Frickley, followed by a championship standard cross-country course, before the finale of reverse order show jumping to crown the champions at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm levels. The Grand Final will also see a range of other unaffiliated classes at all levels.
Said William Buck of Frickley Park: “We are delighted to be hosting the finals of the Brigante Cup and look forward to delivering a real championship occasion for all competitors.”
The qualifiers and final will all be run under British Eventing rules.
For further information contact www.brigantecup.co.uk