The Event Rider Masters (ERM) has confirmed its 2017 calendar which includes two new events being held in Europe.
The series, now in its second year, will consist of seven legs with a total of £400,000 guaranteed to be awarded in prize money. Each ERM leg is worth £50,000 with an additional £50,000 series bonus, establishing the ERM as the most valuable prize of its kind in the sport of Eventing.
Last year the inaugural ERM featured six legs in the UK. In 2017 it will consist of seven legs and will extend its presence at two of Europe’s most prestigious equestrian competitions; Wiesbaden in Germany (2nd – 3rd June) and Jardy in France (15th – 16th July), with the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials being dropped from the calendar for this year.
The 2017 Event Rider Masters calendar is confirmed as:
- Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK) 13th – 14th May
- Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany) 2nd – 3rd June
- St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials (UK) 8th – 9th July
- Haras de Jardy (France) 15th – 16th July
- Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park (UK) 5th – 6th August
- Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials (UK) 26th – 27th August
- Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (UK) 15th – 16th September
The seven event venues located in England, Scotland, France, and Germany are renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious Eventing competitions in the world, providing a spectacular setting for each leg of the ERM. The growth into mainland Europe is the first step of a planned expansion with the intention of the series to feature on other continents in the future, establishing it as a global sporting series and a first for the sport of Eventing.
Chris Stone, CEO of Event Rider Masters commented; “It’s a great achievement that the Event Rider Masters will now have two legs in mainland Europe. Our huge gratitude goes to everyone who has supported us in getting the series to this stage, this includes all the host competition venues, the national equestrian federations, riders, owners and the ERM team. It’s a very exciting time for the series and we hope for the sport of Eventing, and we cannot wait to get going with the first leg on the 13th May.”
With ERM expanding internationally, more of Eventing’s top riders are expected to take part in the series, particularly those based in mainland Europe. Ingrid Klimke, member of the German national Eventing team, five time Olympian and SAP Equestrian Ambassador commented on the expansion and the German leg at Wiesbaden; “The Event Rider Masters is a new series and one I’m very excited about. It puts a modern spin on traditional Eventing, distilling what is historically a three-day event into two action packed days for the spectators, and will transport Equestrian to new places and new audiences.”
2016 Olympic individual silver and team gold medallist Astier Nicolas (FRA) commented: “Even in its pilot year in 2016 the Event Rider Masters proved it was able to deliver world class sport. In the first leg France dominated the first three podium places with myself winning, and this form was franked in Rio when we won team gold. I am so excited that the series is expanding to France and Germany and I will be certain to target it.”