Following the last Regional Final at Norton Disney last weekend, the finalists for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup have been confirmed.
A total of 228 amateur riders have qualified – 128 in BE90 and 98 in BE100 – and will come from all over the country for the chance to compete for the title, which takes place ahead of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May, 2016.
Joanne Masterton has qualified three horses for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 class – Darc Legend, Churchside Marble and Chilham Temple Bar. Joanne, who also got married in July, said: “This year has been unbelievable. I have competed them at BE90 and BE100 and all three have qualified for the Mitusbishi Cup in the 90 section. Darc Legend also won the British Riding Horse Trials championship 90 title this year too. The whole year has been a dream and I am very lucky.”
Amongst the riders competing in the BE90 Mitsubishi Motors Cup will be Eventing
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Hugh Thomas, Director of Badminton Horse Trials, added: “We never guessed the extraordinary interest all around the country that this competition would generate. To ride here in these finals has become the aim of every amateur rider in the country. The interest in the competition has grown over the years. The trophies and all the other benefits of winning the Mitsubishi Motors Cup emphasise how hugely important it is to win this competition.”
The Mitsubishi Motors Cup, which takes over from the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship, will build on the success of the previous championship by adding value to the experience for those taking part, increasing the level of sponsor engagement and raising the overall profile of the regional programme and the Regional Finals. The new trophies for the championships have also been unveiled, as well as a new logo which incorporates the rider number 253 – worn by Alexandra Farrar-Fry, who was the final and concluding BE100 winner of the Mitsubishi Grassroots Championship.
Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “The trophies look magnificent and it’s great to see them. The competition has been operating very successfully for a number of years but that shouldn’t stop you making it better. More prestigious trophies and prizes and the change of name raises the profile of what is already a fantastic competition and takes it to the next level. There’s nobody who wouldn’t want to win one of these trophies and they make it even more prestigious than it was to start with.”
The winners of each Mitsubishi Motors Cup, BE90 and BE100, will receive a new Mitsubishi Shogun vehicle for a year, prize money, trophy and commemorative plaque to keep. Other support includes the use of VIP facilities at the finals, access to professional advice and equipment, and branded merchandise.
British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes said: “What Mitsubishi Motors in the UK have done to this competition is fantastic. For a lot of people, coming to Badminton and taking part in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup is their Olympic Games. To be able to win a trophy like this and the other prizes on offer is fantastic. Badminton is such an iconic location and we are so glad to develop this into such a phenomenal competition.”
The full list of names of horses and riders who have qualified for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup 2016 have can be found at http://mitsubishimotorscup.badminton-horse.co.uk.