BADMINTON ESTATE – The trophies have been unveiled for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup, the eventing championship offering amateur riders from all over Great Britain the chance to compete for honours, ahead of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials held in May.
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 finals.
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 Mitsubishi Motors Cup is the one of the National Championships in the British Eventing calendar. British Eventing (BE) is the governing body for the sport of eventing in Great Britain. Eventing is a unique combination of dressage, cross country over fixed fences and show jumping in one exciting activity. There are two levels of competition: BE90 and BE100 – jumping over 0.9m- and 1.0m-high fences.
The winners of each Mitsubishi Motors Cup classification 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.
Norton Disney Horse Trials in Lincolnshire which took place last weekend (24 – 25th October) was the last competition in this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup Regional Final qualifying series which runs annually from July to October. British Eventing have now confirmed the list of riders and their four legged partners who have qualified for the competition at Badminton in May 2016.
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.’
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.’