This year’s Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing was hailed a success by both organisers and sponsors in what is a new era for the event.
2018 marked the start of a new title sponsor in Magic Millions, as well as the event changing leadership, being run under new Event Director Peter Phillips and his team from Sports Entertainment Limited (SEL) UK. Perhaps appropriately, in Magic Millions first year of sponsoring the event, there was an Australian winner in the British Open – Chris Burton – for the Australian title sponsor.
Peter Phillips, Event Director of the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing, summed up the weekend saying; “It’s been a really good weekend of sport, some fantastic, exciting competitions, and some great, worthy new champions. We were blessed with the weather and had good crowds in for two days of good competition on the cross-country course. We’re particularly pleased that the TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup was so well supported and I think our first running of the RoR/NTF Retraining of Racehorses Championship was a great success.
“Our plan now for 2019 is to make sure that we spread the word of what great entertainment there is here for spectators at The Festival. Our challenge for future years is to encourage people to come and provide facilities and attractions for them to be able to come.”
Katie Page-Harvey, President of Magic Millions, was delighted to see a fellow countryman winning in their first year of sponsorship, commenting: “Congratulations to Christopher Burton for winning the Magic Millions British Open and congratulations to all the competitors. Magic Millions is an Australian thoroughbred auction house, but, like the Festival of British Eventing, a love of equine sport is what drives us. We have been in awe of the athleticism and skill of both horse and rider throughout the weekend. The competition line-up, the countries of origin both on and off the stunning Gatcombe Park course, have meant we are delighted to be committed to the Festival of British Eventing now and in the coming years. We need to invest and support a diversity of equine sport to ensure the standard of both horse and rider continues to thrive.”