The Blue Chip Challenge is Back for 2017!
- Published: 30 January 2017
Win a year's Sponsorship with Blue Chip
British Eventing are delighted to once again support the continued alliance of Blue Chip Feed and Weston Park Horse Trials who last year worked together to produce a new initiative, The Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge.
The organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials are thrilled to be working with Blue Chip to continue this exciting opportunity for grassroots combinations.
This challenge was designed to enhance the education of the BE80(T) competitor, attracting new competitors to British Eventing and last year provided the Grassroots of our sport within the region an exciting end to their season. The final proved to be so popular with competitors that two sections were run at the final with Blue Chip Feed providing a years sponsorship to the winner of each section.
Blue Chip, who have supported Weston Park since it welcomed the Grassroots riders in 2013 are again very generously offering a Year's Sponsorship to the winner of this Central North West BE80(T) Challenge. This great prize will include a feed balancer and supplement for one horse for one year, and Blue Chip clothing for the rider and their groom/helper and the winning horse, with the winner starring in Blue Chip promotions. What a fantastic prize!
The challenge will again run qualifiers within The Central North West, the 8 qualifying events listed below will qualify 4 combinations in each of their BE80(T) sections. If a combination have already qualified then qualifications will pass down the line to 8th place. Both horse and rider must be eligible to compete in BE80(T) classes on the date of the Challenge Final. The combination must not have qualified for the 2017 BE90 or BE100 Mitsubishi Motors Cup. Blue Chip will provide prizes and medal rosettes for all qualifiers and are offering fabulous prizes down the line at the Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge Final.
Clare Blaskey, founder of Blue Chip Feed, said "Blue Chip is thrilled to continue with their support of the Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge. We were thrilled with last year's championship which had two great winners who Blue Chip are sponsoring this year. As a company we have always supported grassroots riders and Blue Chip BE80(T) Challenge is the perfect championship for riders starting out their eventing career."
The Blue Chip Challenge Final will be an educational day with full support from BE accredited coaches for the dressage phase and dedicated course walks for the show jumping and cross country. The Dressage test, Show jumping and Cross Country will be as per the rules for BE80(T) competitions. Weston Park has experience in show casing Championship level events with an educational Cross Country Course which has become respected for its bold and encouraging beautifully built and dressed fences at a championship level.
2016 had two sections and one of last year's winners Chloe Fairley is delighted the Challenge is continuing and commented:
"It is very exciting to hear that the wonderful Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge is being held again in 2017 and with the final at the beautiful Weston Park. Winning was the highlight of 2016 (and I got married so it had some competition!). I, like so many other grassroots riders, work full-time and have to fit the horses around my work so having a Championship like this to aim for really makes all the 5am starts and 10pm finishes worthwhile.
The prizes Blue Chip provide are incredible. Not only do they supply feed for your horse for a whole year, and give you lots of advice to make sure it is the best one for your horse, but you also get numnahs, rugs, coats and lots of other goodies. I feel incredibly proud riding round at events, hacking out and even walking round town in our Blue Chip kit. They also provide wonderfully generous prizes for all the qualifying events.
The final at Weston Park had a real 'championship' feel. To be able to gallop around the stunning parkland and over such beautifully presented fences was a massive thrill.
It is testament to the excitement of the event that both my sister and husband have been inspired to have a go at qualifying for the championships. My husband only started riding in his late 30's and my sister hasn't competed for more than 10 years. I took part in a charity race at York Racecourse in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014 and the horse I rode that day retired from racing last year. His trainer has given him to me to see if he can be retrained - so I am hoping to aim him for this too. There is going to be fierce competition in our yard to try and be the face of Blue Chip 2018!"
Our other section winner Georgia Butler commented: "Thank you so much to Blue Chip for running the Central North West BE80(T) Challenge. 2016 has been my first full season eventing since I was a teenager (approximately 25 years ago!!!) and the Challenge was absolutely tailor made for people like me."
The Challenge has a dedicated educational Facebook group, supported again by Blue Chip, which will provide competitors with information to help prepare them to compete in a BE80(T). Competitors will be able to view informative videos, and ask questions about all aspects of competing at this level.
Final comment from Chris Farr, BE Sport Operations Manager "The inaugural Blue Chip Central North West BE80(T) Challenge was an unqualified success with very deserving winners in Chloe Fairley and Georgia Butler. BE are delighted this initiative was so well supported in 2016 and we are sure 2017 will only see it grow. This is a great additional opportunity for members competing at the events involved in the challenge culminating in an exciting final at Weston Park (2)."
Qualifying Events 2017
Stafford (1) 17th – 19th March
Kelsall Hill (1) 21st – 23rd April
Llanymynech (1) 13th – 14th May
Somerford Park (1) 20th – 21st May
Berriewood 10th & 11th June
Stafford (2) 14th – 16th July
Llanymynech (2) 26th - 27th August
Kelsall Hill (2) 22nd – 24th September
Qualifiers will be displayed on the Weston Park Challenge page