The new look series which gets underway next month was previously run as a point series but in a change BE will be running ten qualifying competitions with eligible riders going forward to contest in the BE Arena Eventing Championships in early March.
The new format starts at Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre in Cambridge on 7th January 2017 with the top 15% of each level from each of these qualifying venues eligible to take part in the Championship. Hosted on 11th March 2017 at Aston Le Walls, Daventry, those championship combinations will also be joined by the top three from the BE90 and BE100 JAS Championship taking place at Hartpury College on the 19th February 2017.
Open to both BE members and non-members and run at BE80, BE90 and BE100 level, competitors first complete a round of show jumps immediately followed by the cross country elements in an arena, finishing over a joker fence set at 10cms higher than the rest of the course.
British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes commented: “We are looking forward to hosting BE Arena Eventing, with its new qualifying process for 2017, and helping riders prepare for the year ahead. The series provides another out of season opportunity for our members, along with non-members, to add to our well established Jumping & Style and Jump Training competitions.”
Run for the last two years as a point accumulator and organised by individual venues, the 2017 event has been reformatted to bring the qualifying events under BE.
“Due to the tight timescale of the pilot it has not been possible to secure as good a geographical spread as we would have liked. However, we will endeavour to roll out the Arena Eventing series in more venues in the coming years to enable as many BE members and non-members access to this new series as possible,” added David.