Two of the south of England’s most well-known eventing venues have team up to offer an unaffiliated series with a £15,000 prize fund.
Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls have formed a partnership to present the A.T. Classics series for 2017 which will run across nine events between April and November for riders competing at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm.
Rachael Faulkner at Tweseldown and Nigel Taylor at Aston-Le-Walls, and their collective teams, felt there was a lack of prize money at the lower levels of eventing and looked to launch a series with a substantial prize fund
The A.T. Classics series has already attracted sponsorship from Keyflow Feeds and Hit Air UK, with further support from the British Connemara Ponies Society.
Rachael Faulkner, Tweseldown owner and organiser, commented: “We wanted to offer a high-profile series, with serious prize money, for grassroots riders. We wanted to encourage more riders at the lower levels to take up the reins and come eventing, whilst also creating a pathway for riders moving up the British Eventing levels.”
The series has been welcomed by riders with Stephanie Dean commenting: “The A.T. Classics really appeals, as both Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls and really good venues. So it is the combination of well-run events with good facilities and a generous prize pot that appeals.”
These sentiments were also echoed by Natalie Light who said: “I’m planning on competing three horses across two levels. I like both venues as they offer good courses and there is better prize money on offer than at British Eventing affiliated events, and it is always good to support those venues offering good prize money.”
The A.T. Classics will run on an accumulator basis, giving all competitors a chance at winning the prize money and generous prizes on offer. First place will attract 12 points, with 10th place attracting three points. A bonus point will also be available to those unplaced double clears. Leader boards for each class will be available on both venue’s websites throughout the season and will also be made available via social media. Prizes from the series will be presented at an End of Season Ball, held at Tweseldown on the 11th November, with tickets also being made available to the general public.