The British Eventing calendar for 2017 has revealed that the BE105 class piloted this year will be expanded.
With the final event of the year approaching British Eventing has announced its calendar of fixture’s for 2017, featuring new dates and classes along with the popular and long standing events back for the new season.
The calendar will see the BE105 level increase to eight events across the country with further dates looking to be added in due course.
Epworth Horse Trials is a new fixture on the calendar, which will be held on the opening weekend of the season (4th and 5th March 2017) with classes ranging from BE80(T) to BE100Open level. Another new fixture is Alnwick Ford Horse Trials (24th and 25th June) for riders competing at BE90 up to Open Novice and Horseheath has added an extra spring date which will see them running two fixtures in 2017. For the first time Poplar Park will run a second date in May on the 21st and 22nd at BE80(T) to BE105 levels adding to their first fixture on the 11th and 12th March 2017.
In Scotland, Kirriemuir Horse Trials will host an additional fixture on 2nd July 2017, with the event also introducing a Novice class to both their new fixture and 6th May date to both of their fixtures.
BE Chief Executive David Holmes commented: “We are delighted bring you the BE fixtures list for 2017 as we welcome both new and returning events to the calendar. It is great to see the Gatehouse 1* League, launched in 2016, back for next year and the expansion of the new BE105 level which was trialled during the 2016 season, along with the continuation of the successful British Eventing leagues; both the Calver Wealth Management 2* League and Fairfax Britannia League held at 3* level.
“The Fixtures Team and Regional Coordinators have been working hard this season to maintain the number of competition opportunities around the country as well as introducing new events. Whilst we have sadly lost some long standing horse trials it is testament to the growth in the sport that we have a healthy number of venues. Thank you to all organisers for your huge efforts in running British Eventing affiliated fixtures both old and new and of course a special thank you to our Officials and volunteers without whom none of these great events would be able to happen.”
The full British Eventing fixtures for 2017 can be viewed on the website.