A new eventing league for riders competing in CIC and CCI one star classes has been announced by British Eventing and sponsored by Gatehouse Hats.
The brand new Gatehouse 1* League will see competitors accumulate points at CIC and CCI1* events in the UK, and offer riders the chance to challenge for an impressive prize package worth over £5,000 which includes Gatehouse and Rodney Powell products across the top five placings.
In addition, the top five in the league will be invited to a training session with European gold medallist and Gatehouse sponsored rider Oliver Townend. To be eligible for the league riders must never have ridden at 3* level and points are amassed as a horse and rider combination.
British Eventing’s calendar has already seen two events run CIC one star competitions – Aldon International and Great Witchingham International (1).
Annie Ho and Mr Michael Tze Hau Lee’s Baxo lead on a total of seven points, having placed second at Great Witchingham, with Felicity Collins hot on their heels on board Vicky Collins’ Just Amazing III with five points after finishing fourth at Aldon.
Gatehouse Hats are also the title sponsors of the new Stepping Stones 1* training series. Piloted last year, series will be rolled out across the country for riders already competing at, and those aiming to compete at one star level. Six training sessions will be held across the country with selected BE Accredited Coaches. Attington Equestrian in Oxfordshire host the first course on Wednesday 27th April with Gill Watson and James McCullough, with further dates to be confirmed. Free course walks will also be offered at specific CIC and CCI one star events throughout the season.
British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes commented; “The Gatehouse 1* League is an exciting addition to our current league opportunities and, thanks to title sponsors Gatehouse, offers a fantastic prize to aim for. Alongside the exciting new league it is great to see the Stepping Stones training series expanding in 2016 with the support of Gatehouse providing two fantastic opportunities for riders at this level.”
Both of the Gatehouse sponsored initiatives follow on from British Eventing’s current points leagues and training series, with leagues run at 2* (Calver Wealth Management 2* League) and 3* (Fairfax Britannia League) level, along with the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap training series which delivers coaching to riders aiming to become more established at 2* level and work towards Advanced/3*.