Following the success of last year’s series, The Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge will return in 2017.
The organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials are thrilled to be working with Blue Chip to continue this exciting opportunity for BE80(T) combinations, which is designed to enhance the education of riders, attract new competitors to British Eventing and last year provided riders within the region an exciting end to their season. The final proved to be so popular with competitors that two sections were run at the final.
Blue Chip, who have supported Weston Park since it welcomed entry level (BE90 and BE100) riders in 2013, are again very generously offering a year’s sponsorship to the winner of this Central North West BE80(T) Challenge.
The challenge will again run qualifiers within the Central North West, with four combinations from each BE80(T) section qualifying for the final.
Clare Blaskey, founder of Blue Chip Feed, said; “Blue Chip is thrilled to continue with their support of the Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge. We were thrilled with last year’s championship which had two great winners who Blue Chip are sponsoring this year. As a company we have always supported grassroots riders and Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge is the perfect championship for riders starting out their eventing career.”
One of last year’s two winners, Chloe Fairley, is delighted the Challenge is continuing; “It is very exciting to hear that the wonderful Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge is being held again in 2017 and with the final at the beautiful Weston Park. Winning was the highlight of 2016 – and I got married so it had some competition! I, like so many other grassroots riders, work full time and have to fit the horses around my work so having a Championship like this to aim for really makes all the 5am starts and 10pm finishes worthwhile. The final at Weston Park had a real ‘championship’ feel. To be able to gallop around the stunning parkland and over such beautifully presented fences was a massive thrill.”
Chris Farr, British Eventing’s Sport Operations Manager added; “The inaugural Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge was an unqualified success with very deserving winners in Chloe Fairley and Georgia Butler. BE are delighted this initiative was so well supported in 2016 and we are sure 2017 will only see it grow. This is a great additional opportunity for members competing at the events involved in the challenge culminating in an exciting final at Weston Park (2).”