The 2019 British Eventing fixture list was announced last week with a number of exciting initiatives. Eventing Worldwide takes a look at these in more detail.
A number of new events will be added to the eventing calendar to fill the gaps of events which will no longer be run.
A number of these will be at venues which have formed part of the fixture list for a number of years including Pontispool, which will run its first event on 16 and 17 March (BE100 – Intermediate classes). Moreton will run a second event on 3 and 4 August (BE80(T) to Novice) as will Borde Hill on 17 and 18 August (BE80(T) to Novice) and Launceston on September 8 (BE80(T) to Novice). Bicton will run a third event on 24-27, filling the gap left by Aldon Horse Trials with classes from BE100 to CCI3*-S.
The calendar is also welcoming a number of new events to the calendar, providing a real boost for event riders based in the North. The largest of this will the at Glamis Castle in Scotland on the 3-4 August. The team at Glamis are set to put on a spectacular show in the superb setting of Glamis Castle, running the horse trials alongside their Country Fair that attracts visitors from across Scotland and the North.
Assistant Organiser, Thomas Helyer says he is “relishing the challenge of putting on this new event and looking forward to working with a new team to provide an event that has something for everyone.”
Another new event will be Stapleton Manor in County Durham which will host a British Eventing Affiliated Event for the first time on the 17-18 August. The event will be running classes from BE80(T) to Novice with an experienced organising team of Andrea Bartlett and Moray Nicholson at the helm.
A large number of events will also be running additional classes in 2019.
· Bicton Arena International (1) will host a new CCI2*-S class
· Firle Place have added a BE80(T) class
· Brand Hall will be running a CCIJ2*-S class
· Eglinton will be hosting a Novice Regional Final (NRF)
· Horseheath (2) has added a BE105 class
· Launceston (1) has added a Novice class
· Forgandenny (2) and Warwick Hall (3) will both host four and five-year-old Championship qualifiers
· Burnham Market (2) will be running an Intermediate class
· Frenchfield (2) has added a Novice class
·Rockingham Castle International (17-19 May) will be running the National Junior Championships for the first time. The Championships were previously held at Brand Hall.
Following the proposal by the FEI to revise the category structure, British Eventing has made the following amends to the class code structure: For 2019 onwards all events will be defined as CCIs;
· CCI-L Long format events previously known as CCI
· CCI-S for Short format events previously known as CIC
Therefore class codes for 2019 will change to the following;
BE has announced the introduction of a new BE90 class exclusively for riders under the age of 18. The addition of this class will also see the expansion of British Eventing’s under 18 programme which provides coaching and mentoring opportunities for young riders.
BE80(T) Regional Finals
As previously announced, riders competing at the grassroots levels of the sport now have an additional goal to aim for with the introduction of BE80(T) Regional Finals.
Combinations competing at all BE80(T) classes will have the opportunity to qualify for a BE80(T) Regional Final with the ultimate aim of securing a place at the BE80(T) Championships which will be hosted in 2019 by Kelsall Hill before it moves to Burghley to run alongside the Land Rover Burghket Horse Trials in 2020.
Qualifying criteria for the BE80(T) Regional Finals and Championship will be released in due course.