The Event Rider Masters will feature six legs across Europe in 2018 as the series seeks to build on its expansion into mainland Europe.
The series includes a new leg in Belgium but two British events – The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park and the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, both of which have been featured for the past two seasons, will not form part of the calendar in 2018.
As the Event Rider Masters expands, the inclusion of an additional European event was key and organisers also did not want to clash with the FEI World Equestrian Games during September, meaning the series finale will this year take place at Blair Castle International Horse Trials at the end of August.
The series will take in The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Internationales Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier, Concours Complet d’Arville, The St. James’s Place Barbury Castle International Horse Trials, Haras de Jardy Eventing Show with the series finale taking place at The Blair Castle International Horse Trials.
Chris Stone, CEO of Event Rider Masters, commented; “The 2018 series marks an exciting progression for Event Rider Masters. Not only are we building on the eventing showcase the series has developed, but we are planning to introduce even more technology with SAP to push the boundaries of our sports’ presentation.
“The expansion into mainland Europe with the addition of Arville embraces the truly global nature of eventing and will definitely make the competition more intense. It is a privilege to introduce ERM to the Belgian eventing audience.”
The venues chosen to stage this year’s series are all renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious competitions, with the expansion into Europe reinforcing the intention to feature on other continents in the future, with the goal of establishing it as a recognised global sporting series and entertainment platform.
Barbara de Liedekerke, the Event Organiser at Concours Complet d’Arville Event, commented: “We are thrilled to become a part of the ERM series and host the first Belgian ERM leg. Eventing in Belgium is a growing sport and we are excited to bring this great series together with ERM to the Belgian fans.”
The world’s leading event riders will be competing for a prize fund totalling £350,000, one of the most valuable in the sport of eventing. The prize fund for each leg held in the UK is £50,000, whilst winners of European competitions will be take home €57,000. The winner of the series will earn an additional £50,000.
Last year’s series winner Gemma Tattersall commented: “I cannot wait to set my season around the 2018 series with my team of horses. The new event at Arville will be a challenge and the even mix between UK and Europe will definitely increase the International competition within the series.”
The 2018 Event Rider Masters calendar
· Leg 1 – The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Derbyshire – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May
· Leg 2 – Internationales Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier, Germany – Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May
· Leg 3 – Concours Complet d’Arville, Belguim – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June
· Leg 4 – The St. James’s Place Barbury Castle International Horse Trials, Wiltshire – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July
· Leg 5 – Haras de Jardy Eventing Show, near Paris, France –
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July
· Leg 6 / 2018 Series Finale – The Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Perthshire – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August