Euston Park will stage another four weekends of top-flight international Endurance riding in 2018, as well as hosting national rides, an EGB Young Rider Camp, GB International Squad training, FEI Organisers and Riders Seminars and The Pony Club Endurance Championships. There will be four FEI international rides, including CEI3* 160 km, CEI2*/CEIYJ2* 120 km and CEI1* 80 km, with all awarded prize money based upon the Best Condition of the horses. In addition, there will be two days devoted to national classes in August.
The first FEI ride will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, with a CEI2* and CEI1* on Saturday and CEIYJ2*, CEI3* and CEI1* on Sunday. A new format for this year offers riders the opportunity to ride different horses on consecutive days.
Three further rides will take place over the course of the summer, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July, with the ride on the 13th being one of the last opportunities for horse and rider combinations to qualify for this summer’s World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, and the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors. The third ride will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August, with the season culminating in the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UK Endurance Festival on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August — a huge celebration of all things Endurance. National classes will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 19th August.
As in previous years, Euston Park organisers regard the Best Condition Award Competition (BCC) as the highest performance indicator within the sport of Endurance.
Run in strict accordance with the FEI Endurance Rules, the BCC Awards reflect the recognition given to horses, athletes, trainers and owners for outstanding competition performances whilst maintaining, as an absolute priority, the welfare of the horse.
The Best Condition Award assessment, carried out by the appointed BC Panel, will take place immediately following completion of the final inspection, which is undertaken by the FEI Best Condition Judging Panel under the FEI Rules for Endurance (Updated 9th Edition, effective 1st January 2018). Full details are available below.
Nick Brooks-Ward, Endurance Director at HPower Group Endurance, said: “We are looking forward to another fabulous season at Euston Park in 2018, and in particular to welcoming young riders, national competitors and the Pony Club to experience the very special Euston Park atmosphere.”
The first Euston Park Endurance ride of 2018 will be kindly sponsored by Emirates Airline, Longines, Azizi Developments, Mubadala and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One.