The Event Rider Masters (ERM) have recently confirmed their 2017 series calendar, which will consist of seven legs, including expansion of the series from the UK into mainland Europe. Furthermore, with a total of £400,000 guaranteed to be awarded in prize money across the series, it establishes the ERM as the most valuable prize of its kind in the sport of Eventing. The calendar is confirmed as:
Leg 1 – Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK) 13th – 14th May
Leg 2 – Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany) 2nd – 3rd June
Leg 3 – St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials (UK) 8th – 9th July
Leg 4 – Haras de Jardy (France) 15th – 16th July
Leg 5 – Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park, presented by BETA (UK) 5th – 6th August
Leg 6 – Blair Castle Equitrek International Horse Trials (UK) 26th – 27th August
Leg 7 – Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (UK) 15th – 16th September
Each leg of the ERM will be available to view live and for free by anyone in the world at Eventridermasters.tv
The EHOA and ERM team will jointly be hosting Owners’ hospitality at the UK legs of the series.
We are back in work, and the season is approaching. 1st event entered the 100 at Moreton on 4th March.
So we have been out hacking and started schooling. The weather has been very wet and being on top of a hill (one of the highest points in Devon) means that when the temperature drops it’s been quite icy at times. One day we were reduced to ‘indoor’ hacking complete with HiViz! and at times like that you really appreciate the indoor school!
Jack is quite a character and likes to help out when mucking out or you are around his stable, we often need to duck an empty feed bowl being sent over the door or he will untie his hoof pick and fling it around! With the wet weather we have had some sand bags down as a precaution and he has been using them for muscle building by lifting them up and swinging them around! This gets everybody clearing area!
After the success of last year’s competition Shearwater Insurance and Tri-Star Eventing are thrilled to announce the return of The Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam.
The unique series offers a ‘winner-takes- all’ prize fund of £50,000 for any rider who can win three of the five CIC3* events included in the competition. This year see’s the return of Belton International, Burnham Market International, Houghton International and Burgham International as competition venues, with the exciting added addition of NAF Five Star Hartpury International.
With the competitions positioned throughout the UK Eventing calendar it is hoped it will offer many riders the opportunity to compete and be part of the series. In turn creating a thrilling and challenging competition for spectators and riders alike.
Shearwater Insurance has a long history of supporting the British Eventing scene and in devising last year’s £50,000 prize fund, it was hoped it would support the dedicated owners and riders, as well as raising the profile of the sport. Jeremy Lawton, Managing Director of Shearwater Insurance said, “We are thrilled that the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam is returning for another year. We have long recognised the importance of supporting the owners, riders, venues and the spectators who make up the British Eventing scene, and we hope that this competition will continue to offer them something new and challenging to aim for.”
Stuart Buntine from BEDE Events commented, “It is exciting to have Shearwater Insurance back supporting the Tri-Star Grand Slam. The continued support from Jeremy and his team at Shearwater Insurance is much appreciated by all in the sport. We are all looking forward to some exciting competitions.”
Joining this exciting competition for the first time is NAF Five Star Hartpury International who have become a favorite fixture over the years among many event riders. Event Director Philip Cheetham said, “We are thrilled to have come on board this year to be part of the Shearwater Tri-Star Grand Slam. It is a unique and challenging competition offering up a really fantastic prize pot, for the rider who can prove their consistency throughout the season. As the last venue in the series we imagine it could make our event an even more nail biting moment in the Eventing season calendar.”
Again riders are thrilled to see the return of the competition, with the UK’s number 1 event rider Oliver Townend, who won two legs of the series last year commenting, “It is great to have another big money competition available for us event riders to compete in. Eventing is a challenging sport and I am grateful to Shearwater Insurance for supporting this series and recognising the dedication and work that goes into performing at these competitions. It will certainly be a strong motivator for the upcoming season.”
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Let me introduce you to Jack “Diamond Crackerjack” he’s a Irish Draught x Welsh D and stands at 17hh. I bought him to do Show Hunter classes with and very quickly it became obvious that he wasn’t keen on showing it was just a little boring for him and jumping was much more fun!
We started BE last season with a friend Alex riding him as her pony was out of action and I’m not brave enough to go XC! His 1st BE at Larkhill was on a very blowy day and after at 0330 start he finished on his dressage score in 4th place and we picked up a RF ticket, that made the 3 hour drive home pass very quickly! Then we went to Bicton our local BE and he came 2nd with an unlucky rub in the show jumping, picking up a second RF ticket.
Then a little blip where having cut his mouth on something he wasn’t keen on the contact for dressage and it took a while to get him settled again. We went to Ponticepool for our 1st RF and a mistake in the show jumping put him out of contention with a clear round but lots of time faults. Then we went to Dauntsey and he finished on his dressage score to come 2nd and qualify for Badminton.
He’s since had a quiet few months and then a complete 6 week holiday turned away in the field over Christmas. He came back in last week and has had a bit of a tidy up and clip and the hard work starts here.
Follow the next 3 months as we prepare for our 1st Badminton. If Jack has anything to do with it we will be laughing and crying!