The Worshipful Company of Saddlers has announced it is to continue its support to British Eventing’s up and coming talent across the levels.
The partnership with BE spans more than 30 years, and its continuation into 2016 will see the Worshipful Company of Saddlers supply prizes to emerging riders in classes and Championships of all levels, from the Under 18 series and Charles Owen Pony Trials to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
Championing the manufacturing and use of high quality British saddlery, the Worshipful Company of Saddlers will also award prizes to each of the winners from six Charles Owen Pony Trials, the National Under 21 Champion, which takes place at Houghton International, and the CCIJ1* Racesafe National Junior Champion who will be crowned at Brand Hall.
A British made jump or Eventing saddle will be presented to the best placed rider under 25 at Badminton Horse Trials, Hopetoun International CIC3* and the British Open Championship at The Festival of British Eventing. This year the Best Under 25 prize at Badminton Horse Trials was awarded to Brazil’s Gabriel Silva Cury.
Alongside this the four members of the winning Under18 Championship Team, of both the Novice and National Saddle Centre BE100, will receive a leather head collar with the individual Under 18 Champions being presented with a snaffle bridle at the championships which take place at Frickley Park.
David Holmes, Chief Executive of British Eventing, commented; “It is wonderful to have The Worshipful Company of Saddlers on board again in 2016. Their dedication to Eventing and supporting young riders all the way from Ponies to four star level is hugely important and highly valued. We very much look forward to continuing our partnership and following the progress of the 2016 prize winners over the coming years.”
Patrick Burns from The Worshipful Company added; “The Saddlers’ Company is delighted to continue sponsoring British made saddlery to be awarded as prizes at UK equestrian events during 2016.”
Sarah Carless Reporter at Large