British Eventing is privileged to launch details of the Derek Gooden Fund in memory of one of the sports most dedicated and experienced volunteers.
The new fund will support current BE fence judges with their travel to Olympic or World Equestrian Games hosted outside of Europe.
Following his death in 2016, British Eventing was honoured to recently learn that BE Volunteer and Professional Adviser, Derek Gooden, generously dedicated a sum of his estate to British Eventing to set up a fund to assist fence judges with their overseas travel to events.
Derek, a recipient of the BE Award, was a vital part of the sport for many years and best known for his expertise as a Health and Safety officer and was an adviser in Health and Safety for many events, as well as a Cross Country Steward and Fence Judge.
BE CEO Jude Matthews commented; “All of us at British Eventing were very touched by the news and cannot think of a better way to honour Derek’s memory than through this fabulous Fund. Our sport could not run without the tireless dedication of volunteers, and to be able to help them travel to these incredible overseas events will provide some of our fence judges, who otherwise may not have been able to attend, with some fantastic opportunities and experiences.
“Volunteers who have applied for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will soon find out if they have been successful in securing a place as a Olympic volunteer, so we hope that through these bursaries we can support some of our volunteers with their travel to Tokyo this year.”
About the Derek Gooden Fund
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Saracen Horse Feeds are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new eventing series for the 2020 season. The Saracen Horse Feeds One2One Eventing Series in association with BEDE Events, is solely aimed at grass roots riders competing one horse at BE90.
BEDE Events will be running the BE90 qualifying sections at Firle Place, Shelford 1, BCA & Aske Horse Trials and will be open to single horse riders with a final being held at Shelford (2) Horse Trials.
The highly competitive BE90 sections are a firm favourite with amateur and professional riders alike, this new series offers single horse riders the opportunity to compete on a level playing field against like minded competitors.
Riders completing a qualifier will be invited to compete at the championships which will be held at Shelford (2) Horse Trials on 29th & 30th August.
As a leading manufacturer of horse feed, Saracen Horse Feeds are dedicated to delivering high quality, research led rations to support the nutritional needs of the modern equine athlete. The Saracen Horse Feeds range is designed to support horses at all stages of life, development and activity and supported with a free of charge nutrition advice service to support riders when choosing feed.
Saracen, Sales and Marketing Director Michael Bacon “We are very excited to launch this new series, it’s a great opportunity for riders competing with one horse to go head to head and aim for a high profile championship. Stuart and the team at BEDE always go the extra mile at events to support riders, with no exception this new series is set to be an excellent addition to their calendar”.
Stuart Buntine, of BEDE Events, was delighted when announcing this series “we are committed to offering riders at all levels the chance to compete in this exciting series. The One 2 One series will offer a great focus for our grass roots riders in the sport”
BEDE Events & Saracen Horse Feeds are excited to be launching this series which will offer riders an aim for their summer campaigns and with the championships running over the Bank Holiday weekend – what better way to finish off the summer!
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The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is in constant contact with key partners such as UK Sport, the British Olympic Association, the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and the FEI to monitor the situation both in Britain and globally around the current Coronavirus outbreak.
We urge all stakeholders to follow Government advice and information, which is regularly
updated on the GOV.uk website. For those with travel concerns, there is specific advice available here. The Government published their action plan on 3 March, which outlines the measures in force to contain the spread of the virus.
There is presently no rationale to close or cancel equestrian events, but this may change as the situation evolves. We would strongly recommend everyone in the equestrian community to follow the NHS guidance on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus to help in the containment process.
British Eventing is excited to announce the full details of a new team competition for adult riders at BE80(T) and BE90 Open level for the 2020 season. Teams will have the opportunity to compete in any of the ten Team Challenge Qualifiers to win a place at the Team Challenge Championship at Weston Park (2) this October sponsored by Rowen Barbary.
With the Rider Working Groups, in conjunction with ERA of GB, the 2020 Team Challenge launches with some exciting changes, including the introduction of Team Challenge Qualifiers and self-selecting teams. Teams of up to four can compete in Team Challenge Qualifiers, taking place between June and August this year, and the winning team at each Qualifier takes a spot at the Team Challenge Championship.
Olivia Szajna, Head of Marketing, Communications and Commercial commented; “Last year’s Regional Team competition, supported by Rowen Barbary, was brilliant and the riders that took part thoroughly enjoyed the competition at Weston Park. The overwhelming feedback last year from our eventing community was that they would love the opportunity to take part with their friends in self-selected teams, and that the eligibility criteria should be relaxed. We have taken this feedback on board with the aim of giving more members the chance to experience this new team competition opportunity.
“From the feedback the most significant changes made have been to introduce BE80(T) level competition, expand the BE90 class to BE90 Open, remove the selection process and allow riders to form their own teams and introduce Qualifiers. Over the past few months we have worked with the Sport Team, Rider Working Groups, our Regional Coordinators and Event Organisers to create the new format, rules and eligibility, taking feedback along the way to make amends that best suit the needs of our members.
“Our sport is all about community, so we are really excited about bringing this opportunity to our members. We hope that this will not only give riders at BE80(T) and BE90 Open level a real aim for the season and the opportunity to compete with their friends, but encourage new people into the sport with a fun, friendly and supportive competition.
“We hope that the new competition will be well supported, and we are thankful to our Event Organisers for hosting the Qualifiers and the Championship. As with anything new, this pilot year will be a learning curve and we will continue to take feedback in order to evolve the competition going forwards, including looking at the introduction of BE100 sections.”
How to Take Part
To help our members connect with other riders looking to become part of a team, answer any questions and generally get excited about the Team Challenge, join the official Team Challenge Facebook Group HERE.
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The Organisers of the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 17-20 September have announced that after some changes to the site layout, class rules and timetable, their renowned Eventer Challenge classes will be even better in 2020.
The arenas in which the 90cm and 100cm Riding Club and Pony Club teams and individual challenges take place will be larger and will have a range of new fences. Additionally, the going has had a ‘makeover’ and will be much improved. As a result in changes to the rules, BE riders can now qualify with 8 Foundation Points which can be gained at any BE event during the qualifying period; can enter more than one class, and subject to availability bring more than one horse.
The Eventer Challenge is a derby style competition consisting of a round of show jumps leading straight into a round of cross-country fences and a joker fence to finish. The Eventer Challenge will run on three days with sections also open to Pony Club and Riding Club teams in addition to BE members competing as individuals. The individual competition is open to combinations competing at BE90 and BE100 level and Foundation Points can be achieved at any British Eventing event between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 in order to qualify.
Further information including eligibility for the team competitions can be found at HERE
The HTSG Committee are pleased to announce an exciting new funding donation with Team GBR’s Performance Director and Performance Manager for Eventing, Richard Waygood, MBE.
Titled “Let’s Make a Difference”, a donation of £20,000 raised through the HTSG has been made to support the training of British riders who are in the running for selection onto the British Olympic Team heading to Tokyo 2020.
The two-stage programme will start with each rider receiving a training bursary to be spent on training with elite coaches between now and Long List Selection in May. Coaching plans will be discussed with Chris Bartle, the Eventing High Performance Coach and Richard Waygood. The second stage will kick in after Long List Selection and will target the funds to key individuals on the Long List on a bespoke basis.
The HTSG has a well-established partnership with British Teams, having been established in 1978 with the specific aims of the aiding and funding training and development of talented riders for Britain's three-day event teams. This latest donation affirms this relationship and we look forward to seeing British riders develop further thanks to the additional training they will receive thanks the generosity of our members.
Ginny Elliott, HTSG Chair said: “We all feel it is a brilliant concept and I am sure our members will wholeheartedly agree. We all wish the riders a great season and preparation for Tokyo”.
Richard Waygood said:,“I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the riders and owners to all HTSG group members for supporting Team GBR in this very generous way. The training bursaries will be used to support riders campaigning for Tokyo to sharpen that competitive edge which will set them apart.”
Find out more about the Horse Trials Support Group at: www.htsg.co.uk
Find out more about Team GBR Equestrian at: www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk
Following the Aston-Le-Walls abandonment the ERA of GB team have been in touch with Moreton, Epworth and Isleham to get the latest updates to share with riders.
All three fixtures are still accepting entries via the British Eventing website.
With only one cancellation in their 30-year history, the organising team are looking forward to their Spring event. Despite extensive rain across the country, the Fenland peat is working wonders and the only place on the site currently hosting standing water is the water fences!
ERA are delighted to see a continual stream of updates regarding ground conditions and course developments from the Isleham team, via their Facebook page, and are encouraged to see that organisers are seeking feedback from competitors on how they can continue to improve.
Competitors can look forward to a large dressage warm up area and, if required for the second day of competition, can move six dressage arenas to new ground to ensure the best going. Sue Peasley has been in charge of designing the show jumping for the past two years and is known for fair courses at this very early stage of the season. As with the dressage arenas, the show jumping warm up can be enlarged to enable fresh ground for Sunday’s competitors.
The cross country warm up has been revamped with new fences. Following feedback, the cross-country course welcomes new changes, with the replacement of the anniversary fence and the remodelling of the pole and ditch combination for the Intermediate course.
The event issued further updates today, 17th February, with the following:
Another storm, another update....
Isleham could run today, if all the finishing touches had been completed! Can report no problems at Isleham and at the moment...
Clem installed determination in us, the Organisers, his daughters, so we want to commence the season with competitors going away with a smile, which is what Father always achieved.
Please support us, especially as we run for charity. Please share as you're our customers and we want to keep you inform on the status of Isleham. Yes we really do require more entries especially on the Sunday.
If you are looking for good going to get your season off to a flying start, entries can be made for all classes here.
The team look forward to welcoming you to Isleham at the end of February. Further updates can be followed on the Isleham One Day Event Facebook page.
Why making the trip to Poplar Park could be a winning decision?
Light sandy soil - Poplar always provides great going at the start of the season. Even with the prolonged wet weather conditions, the ground is free draining with a consistent footing
A true cross-country course - designed by Joe Weller the Poplar Park course traverses undulating ground, with wooded sections and good galloping stretches. Each course features at least two water crossings and is designed using a mixture of portables and fixed fences.
Large working in areas - both dressage and show jumping benefit from large working in areas, with show jumping benefitting from an all-weather surface. Both dressage and show jumping competition arenas are on grass.
Permanent onsite stables - for those travelling longer distances Poplar has a good number of permanent onsite stables and plenty of parking close by.
Good road links - Poplar benefits from good road links and minimises the need for travelling around small country roads.
Now in its 37th year, the event’s record speaks for itself: not a single day of abandoned competition. Plenty of onsite stabling and great road links for those willing to travel.
Following the abandonment of several 2019 fixtures containing grassroots regional finals, British Eventing have confirmed the full list of rescheduled Regional Finals for the 2020 Science Supplements Cup:
Moreton (1), 29 February – 1 March 2020: BE90 and BE100RF (replacement of Bovington (2) 2019) ENTRIES OPEN
Oasby (1), 5 – 8 March 2020: BE100RF (replacement of Norton Disney (2)2019) ENTRIES OPEN
Swalcliffe Park, 14 – 15 March 2020: BE100RF (replacement of Broadway (2) 2019) ENTRIES OPEN
Cooke Coachbuilders Stafford (1), 14 – 15 March 2020: BE90RF and BE100RF (replacement of Aston Le Walls (X)/Weston Park (2) 2019) ENTRIES OPEN
Combinations who were entered into any of the abandoned Regional Finals from 2019 listed above, are eligible to enter any of the replacement Regional Finals in 2020.
Please note that these Regional Finals are for combinations who qualified between 1st July 2018 and 30th June 2019, for qualification to the 2020 Science Supplements Cup.