Britain’s Oliver Townend heads a stellar cast of world class riders set to take part in the Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
With Captain Mark Phillips confirmed to build the course for the first event in the three-leg Eventing Grand Prix series, the competition looks set to be of the highest calibre. Taking place during the evening performance on Thursday, June 13, the exciting feature class will see 20 leading event riders tackle a course of show jumps and feature cross-country fences, against the clock in the International Arena.
Thecompetitionwill see show jumps standing at a maximum of 1.25m, with three seconds added for each fence knocked down.
There will also be an optional joker fence at a maximum height of 1.35m providing greater thrill and excitement throughout the competition. The cross-country fences will be at British Eventing Intermediate level.
With a £2,000 first prize major names fighting it out for the leader board include Christopher Burton, Gemma Tattersall, Alex Hua Tian, Ben Hobday and Jeanette Brakewell.
Show Promoter Nina Barbour commented: “The Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix really is a fantastic competition to watch and we are delighted to have some of the world’s best event riders signed up to compete. This year’s course will stay in the International Arena and provides a fantastic opportunity for spectators to get close to the action and see so many talented riders tackle Mark Phillips’ course.”
As part of a new innovation, the top five placed riders from the competition will qualify for the final leg at the Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show in December. A second qualifying leg will run at the Bolesworth Young Horse Championship Show in August.