A new affiliated team eventing competition has been launched for grassroots riders.
Through the British Eventing competition – run at BE80(T) and BE90 Open level – teams will have the opportunity to compete in any of the ten Team Challenge Qualifiers to win a place at the Rowan Barbary Team Challenge Championship at Weston Park (2) in October.
Teams of up to four can compete in Team Challenge Qualifiers, taking place between June and August this year, and the winning team at each Qualifier takes a spot at the Team Challenge Championship.
In conjunction with the Rider Working Groups, the 2020 Team Challenge launches with some exciting changes from last year’s Regional Team Championships where riders were selected to represent their region.
The changes include the introduction of a BE80(T) competition, removal of the selection process to allow riders to form their own teams and the introduce qualifiers.
Olivia Szajna, Head of Marketing, Communications and Commercial at British Eventing, commented; “Last year’s Regional Team competition was brilliant and the riders that took part thoroughly enjoyed the competition at Weston Park. The overwhelming feedback last year from our eventing community was that they would love the opportunity to take part with their friends in self-selected teams, and that the eligibility criteria should be relaxed. We have taken this feedback on board with the aim of giving more members the chance to experience this new team competition opportunity.
“Our sport is all about community, so we are really excited about bringing this opportunity to our members. We hope that this will not only give riders at BE80(T) and BE90 Open level a real aim for the season and the opportunity to compete with their friends, but encourage new people into the sport with a fun, friendly and supportive competition.
“As with anything new, this pilot year will be a learning curve and we will continue to take feedback in order to evolve the competition going forwards, including looking at the introduction of BE100 sections.”