Double whammy for the inaugural Blue Chip Central and North West Challenge

After what has been a fantastic season of eventing for hundreds of competitors around the country, the

L-R Winners of the BE80T Challenge Georgia Butler, Chloe Fairley. Credit Matt Nuttall Photography
L-R Winners of the BE80T Challenge Georgia Butler, Chloe Fairley. Credit Matt Nuttall Photography

final of the Blue Chip Central and North West Challenge saw two winners crowned.

The final of the challenge, run at Airowear BE80(T) level, took place at Weston Park (2) Horse Trials on Saturday 8th October with Georgia Butler and Chloe Fairley taking top honours, securing them the top prize of one years’ sponsorship from Blue Chip Feed.

Since March, eight qualifying events have taken place throughout the UK at venues including Stafford, Kelsall Hill, Llanymynech, Somerford Park, Berriewood and Bold Heath Horse Trials with the final taking place in the grounds of the prestigious Weston Park house in glorious Autumn sunshine.

As entries were so high after such excellent numbers in the qualifying rounds, the challenge was split into two Airowear BE80(T) sections of 37 riders, to which both winners would be awarded the grand prize of a years’ sponsorship, including feed balancers and supplements for one horse, a selection of clothing for both horse and rider and nutritional support from the experts at Blue Chip Feed.

The competition was incredibly stiff, with numerous riders jumping double clears around courses that had been specifically designed by the organisers of Weston Park to be inviting and encourage combinations up the levels of eventing from this grassroots competition next season.

Vicky and Janet Plant, who run the Weston Park Horse Trials said: “We really want riders to come here, enjoy their day and go away feeling like they have the confidence to try another class and progress up the levels, so we have designed the courses as such. Class numbers have been brilliant this year and we hope that we can carry on next season and get even more entries to this popular series.”

Georgia Butler rode Albern Moon Buzz to victory on her dressage score of 25.5 in Section F after qualifying for the event at Somerford Park Horse Trials in May. Chloe Fairley partnered Skelton Beth to head her section, finishing on 21.7.
Chloe, who is a member of the Cheshire Hunt North, said: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it – it all feels a bit surreal! I hope Blue Chip realise how big my horse is, because I think I’m going to need a lot of feed.”

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