British Eventing is delighted to announce that a pilot BE80(T) Championships, sponsored by Airowear, will be hosted this year on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September at Kelsall Hill Horse Trials.
This exciting development for riders at the introductory level of BE competitions will see the winning combination at every normal BE80(T) section between 1st March and 31st July 2018 qualify directly for the 2018 Airowear Championship, which for its pilot year will take place at Kelsall Hill Horse Trials in Cheshire. To be eligible for qualification, riders must not have completed an Intermediate or higher level competition during the current or preceding ten calendar seasons and must never have competed in a 4* competition and, as a combination, not have won more than 20 BE Foundation Points and none at BE100 level or higher.
As with all BE80(T) classes, the Championships will also be supported Virbac 3D Worming through the training provided by BE Accredited Coaches across the weekend. The coaches will be hosting cross country and show jumping courses walks along with help in the show jumping warm up for any riders who wish to take advantage of their expertise.
David Holmes, Chief Executive of British Eventing, commented: “We are thrilled to bring this Championship to riders at the entry level of British Eventing competitions and hope combinations will enjoy aiming for the BE80(T) Championships.
This pilot year for the Championships will give us the chance to see the qualification process and series in action, as well as the actual Championships – and to make any changes necessary before fully introducing it to the BE calendar going forward. The BE80(T) classes have been well supported since their introduction in 2009 and the Championships is BE’s next step in supporting riders with their competition goals and progression in the sport in line with our Strategic Plan objectives.
We are very grateful for Airowear’s sponsorship to help make it possible and of course to the team at Kelsall Hill for hosting this new championship – which I am sure will be an enormous success and help the BE80(T) level of competition grow in importance and significance.”