Aintree International Equestrian Centre are pleased to announce a new title sponsor for their expanded indoor showing series in 2018.
Nedz, who have been supplying the equestrian industry with top quality chopped straw bedding for nearly two decades will now be the title sponsors of the following showing and working hunter shows held at Aintree International Equestrian Centre in 2018:-
Alongside the introduction of a new show, next season will also see the start of an exciting points awards competition with the overall winner receiving a selection of branded Nedz goodies, alongside a lesson with one of the companies sponsored riders.
The points system for the competition will be awarded in each class as follows:-
1st – 10 points
2nd – 8 points
3rd – 6 points
4th – 4 points
Horse/pony and Rider combinations will be awarded points which will be accumulated at each show that they compete in. A leaderboard will be produced at each show with the overall winner announced at the end of the Nedz Autumn Spectacular Show in September.
There will also be section winners from the In Hand, Ridden Ponies, Ridden Horses, Working Hunter Ponies and Working Hunter Horses. Points will be accumulated from each show and the winners from each section will be announced at the end of the Nedz Autumn Spectacular Show in September.
Equestrian Centre Manager Carly Sage said ‘Aintree International Equestrian Centre’s Showing and Working Hunter shows are hugely popular and we are delighted to have Nedz as our title sponsor for our indoor showing shows. We look forward to working with the Nedz team in 2018, who will be in attendance for all of the showing shows at Aintree’
Nedz owner Lisa Cooper-Tomlinson commented “We are thrilled to be working alongside Aintree across their 2018 showing series. It is a superb venue to be able to compete at and their shows offer fun and competition for all levels of riders. We look to meeting many of the competitors next season and introducing them to the Ned brand.”
The Netherland's leading and most experienced driver, Ijsbrand Chardon, pulled out all the stops in the final round of the FEI World CupTM Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell, winning his first qualifier of the season.
The win was all the sweeter as he knocked the favourite, Australian Boyd Exell, from his winning position. Expectations were high as Boyd came into the arena in the last round, and he set off with his usual intent. A ball down in the first obstacle meant he had to push harder; another ball down in the second obstacle and the round began to unravel, pushing him down to third behind Belgian driver Glenn Geerts.
"It got messy from there on," remarked Boyd, who was competing on a wild card here and, with three wins under his belt this season, is first in the rankings. "Finally, I missed the finish and had to circle. It happens - and life goes on!"
Ijsbrand, who is a regular at Olympia, and has two FEI World CupTM Finals to his name, was overjoyed with his win and paid tribute to the Olympia audience who create such a compelling atmosphere.
"The public were amazing," he said. "I am so pleased with the way my new horse in the lead has coped with competing here. She has improved with each competition, the feeling they gave me today was terrific. I knew I could push them to their limits."
NBC Sports Group has reached an agreement for exclusive multiplatform United States media rights to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on September 11 - 23. The agreement includes an unprecedented amount of national equestrian sport coverage. The FEI World Equestrian Games™ return to the United States for the second time in eight years and will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.
The FEI World Equestrian Games™, one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, is held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, combining eight World Championships at one event. The eight equestrian disciplines - Jumping, Dressage, Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining - will all be contested. An anticipated 1,000 athletes, 1,500 horses, and 500,000 spectators from more than 70 countries are expected to attend. Tickets to the event have already been sold to people from all 50 U.S. states and 31 countries. The Games is projected to be the highest-attended sporting event in the United States in 2018.
"We're excited to expand our coverage, and will now present more of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ to the U.S. audience than ever before," said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports Group.
"Our vision is to broaden the reach of equestrian sport to an audience of horse enthusiasts around the country, and we appreciate NBC Sports Group's partnership as we deliver the most televised equestrian sports coverage in history," said Mark Bellissimo, Founder and CEO of Tryon International Equestrian Center. "The 2014 Games in France attracted a cumulative global broadcast audience of 350 million, so this partnership with NBC will be an important factor in boosting numbers for Tryon 2018."
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games™ were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990, and were most recently held in Normandy, France in 2014. The 2014 Games in Normandy attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators.
In addition to its state-of-the-art competition facilities, the 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center is an equestrian lifestyle destination complete with lodging, shops, restaurants, and amenities.
Over the last two years NBC Sports Group has presented numerous equestrian events, including the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2017 in Omaha and the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, events in New York and Kentucky, and the equestrian competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
TRIPLE Olympic gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin will join her trainer and mentor, dressage legend Carl Hester to compete at the Liverpool International Horse Show.
The two icons of British dressage, Carl and Charlotte will be bringing two of their 2020 Olympic potential horses, Hawtins Delicato and En Vogue to take part in the new Equitop Myoplast Inter 1 Freestyle (Dressage to Music) class held on the Friday evening performance, December 29.
Said Charlotte: “It is just incredible that we have high calibre events such as the Liverpool International Horse Show to compete at in this country. I am really looking forward to riding in the magical atmosphere of the Echo Arena later this month.
“En Vogue is competing at Inter 1 level and is a real star for the future. He can be hot and it has been a challenging journey so far, but getting him out to major competitions is really helping him to grow in confidence and he is just getting better and better. I am really looking forward to experiencing this amazing show with him.”
En Vogue is an eight-year-old by the much-heralded Jazz and one that is a definite contender for British teams with Charlotte.
This year the pair won the Prix St George at Somerford Premier League and took second place in the Inter 1 at the British Dressage National Championships. Charlotte has ridden En Vogue at a number of demonstrations this year and the handsome dark bay is a real crowd-pleaser and has a growing fan base of his own with people commenting on just how impressive the gelding is.
Said Liverpool International Horse Show President, Nina Barbour: “It is fantastic news that Charlotte is joining Carl to compete at the show. We are looking forward to a brilliant evening of dressage with a stellar line-up confirmed.
“For spectators to be able to watch them both in a competition environment and to also see them up close and personal warming up in the Equitop Myoplast collecting ring next to the Champagne Bar will be a fantastic treat.”
There will also be the chance to meet Charlotte at a rider signing session before the evening performance gets underway.
Why not enjoy VIP treatment in one of the Hospitality Boxes or take the opportunity of a platinum upgrade with lounge access, drinks reception, course walk and meet and greet with a leading rider.
This year’s Liverpool International Horse Show will see a host of leading names in action from December 29 to 31, at The Echo Arena on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.
For further information and to book tickets visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com
Olympia, The London International Horse Show (12-18 December 2017), will be coming to homes across the UK with extensive broadcast coverage of London’s international equestrian event on the BBC.
Over fourteen hours of live action will be aired throughout the week, indicating the importance of Olympia as an international equestrian event and providing equestrian and sporting fans alike excellent access to the top-class competition.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward commented: ‘We are thrilled to be working with the BBC at Olympia once again. The BBC coverage is important not only for the show but also for the sport. Bringing world class Dressage, Show Jumping and Carriage Driving to a wider UK audience keeps equestrianism on the map and it provides viewers with the opportunity to see Olympic champions competing in world class competitions.
Highlights to look out for include the FEI World Cup™ competitions in Dressage and Show Jumping in which the world’s top riders and Olympic gold medallists, including Ben Maher and Scott Brash, will compete. In addition, coverage will include international classes such as the Cayenne Puissance, and the Olympia Grand Prix as well as the Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Further coverage will include footage of Olympia’s equestrian displays; The Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police Activity Ride and the Chilean Huasos, along with the Kennel Club Dog Agility, The Shetland Pony Grand National and the Olympia Christmas Finale.
Internationally live coverage of the Dressage, Jumping and Driving FEI World Cup competitions is available on FEI TV and additional post-event coverage will be broadcast on Horse & Country TV.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show may be viewed online and on TV. The day-by-day coverage listing is as follows*:
Wednesday 13 December
Thursday 14 December
Friday 15 December
Featuring The Markel Champions Challenge, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and The Longines Christmas Cracker
Saturday 16 December
Sunday 17 December
Monday 18 December
Featuring The Mince Pie Stakes and The Olympia Grand Prix
Tuesday 19 December
Horse & Country TV will feature highlights from the Show from 18 December onwards, including the FEI Dressage, Driving and Show Jumping, along with the Cayenne Puissance, the Longines Christmas Cracker and the Olympia Grand Prix.