British Eventing has announced its International and Championship classes for the next five years.

Following its Strategic Fixtures Calendar Review, British Eventing has announced its International and Championship classes for the next five years

The list, which is made up of 30 events across the country, was due to be published last month but has been delayed by the appeals process.

One new addition to the calendar is Cornbury in Oxfordshire which is scheduled to host a CC2*-S and CCI3*-short in September. Cornbury Park last held at British Eventing competition back in 2000.

Little Downham also returns to the international stage, hosting a CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S in October. However, the dates mean it clashes with Osberton, which runs CCI2*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-S and CCI3*-L.

In addition to its CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S classes, Belton will also run a CCI2*-S class from next year. Keysoe, Kelsall Hill and Wellington have also gained new classes.

The Welsh Championships moves from Chepstow to Monmouth, Bishop Burton will hold the Under 18 Championships and Belsay will run the Pony Championships.

The review took place during 2018 and 2019 with organisers being invited to submit tenders for the events: 60 were received before they were scored, evaluated and allocated by a stakeholder panel.

There has however been some disappointed at the loss of long-standing events such as Brightling Park, Great Witchingham, Chilham Castle, Hambleden and Brand Hall. Bicton has also lost some of its international classes and will now only hold CCI2*S and CCI2*-L at its spring fixture. This means for some riders it will mean long journeys in order to compete at internationally recognised events.

But British Eventing said the objective of the review was to provide a balanced fixtures calendar to give members the greatest opportunities of competing, and reflect changing needs of the sport.

Fiona O’Hara, Chair of the British Eventing Board, commented; “As a result of a final review, we identified a geographical gap in the South West, and have therefore taken the decision to rectify this for the benefit of our members by an adding one additional fixture in this region.

“The fixtures calendar will remain under constant review in order to ensure that we continue to maximise the opportunities for our members to compete.

“We are really excited by the calendar and the introduction of new international and championships venues. This gives our members the unique opportunity to compete at a choice of familiar and much-loved venues along with some exciting new additions.”

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