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GH EquestrianNew Sponsors Graham Heath Equestrian Structures joins Weston Park to sponsor the Open Intermediate under 21 trial.

We are delighted to welcome Graham Heath Equestrian Structures as a key sponsor at Weston Park on the 9th and 10th April 2016.

Graham Heath Equestrian Structures manufactures premium quality steel framed equestrian buildings, stables and arenas for your horse livery yard or equestrian centre. The team design and build both traditional and modern stables, as well as other equestrian and agricultural structures across the UK, from the Highlands down to Devon and Cornwall and everywhere in-between.

Based in Cheshire, Graham Heath Equestrian Structures is local to the area with the Heath family having owned horses for a many years. As such, they are fully aware of equestrian needs in order to maintain an excellent environment for both horse and owner. Their buildings also reflect their knowledge, understanding and experience.

Janet Plant, joint organiser of Weston Park Horse Trials commented: "Graham Heath Equestrian Structures will be a tremendous boost to the event. Without such Sponsorship our sport would never have grown to the world wide scene we see today. Its support will help Weston Park build on last year's improvements to enhance the competitor's experience."

Graham Heath Equestrian Structures supplies major racing, show jumping, dressage and eventing yards and is aware of the need for quality products, value for money and high level of service. Whether your requirement is for a private stable design, stud farm, livery yard or racing yard, its wide range of stable sizes, styles, material specifications and experience enables Graham Heath Equestrian Structures to tailor buildings to your need.

Graham Heath of Graham Heath Equestrian Structures comments: "The Weston Park Horse Trials is a fantastic event and one which we are very proud to sponsor. This year is set for a great line up and we're really excited to be a part of it."

Remember to email or twitter us if you would like to know more, become a volunteer or a sponsor, there are always plenty of things to become involved in and not just over the event weekend.

The Weston Park team looks forward to welcoming competitors and supporters to the Event this April. For full information please visit http://www.westonht.co.uk/

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Blue Chip Feed

The Organisers of Weston Park Horse Trials and Blue Chip Horse Feeds are delighted to announce a new regional competition for 2016, 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 create this new and exciting opportunity for grassroots combinations.

This new challenge has been designed to enhance the education of the Airowear BE80(T) competitor, attracting new competitors to British Eventing and offering the grassroots of our sport within the region an exciting end to their season.

Blue Chip, who have supported Weston Park since it welcomed the grassroots riders in 2013 are now very generously offering a year's sponsorship to the winner of this Central North West BE80T 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. The challenge will run qualifiers within The Central North West, the 8 qualifying events listed below will qualify 4 combinations in each of their 80T sections. If a combination have already qualified then qualifications will pass down the line to 8th place. Blue Chip will provide prizes and medal rosettes for all qualifiers and are offering fabulous prizes down the line at the Blue Chip 80T Challenge Final.

Clare Blaskey, Founder of Blue Chip Feeds, said "Blue Chip is thrilled to support the Blue Chip 80T Challenge. As a company we have always promoted the grassroots rider and those that aspire to greater things. Blue Chip is very proud to be part of this great new initiative Challenge".

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 the Airowear BE80(T) competitions. Weston Park has experience in show casing Championship level events, the Cross Country Course which has become respected for its educational beautifully built and dressed fences will be bold and encouraging and dressed to a championship level.

Chris Farr, BE sport Operations Manager commented: "British Eventing are delighted to support this new initiative at BE80(T) level; this is a great addition to the calendar in the region. This series will not only enhance the education of competitors starting out in the sport but also to both maintain and grow the level of BE members in the Central North. Hopefully this pilot year of competition could even grow to become a national addition to the BE calendar in the future."

The Challenge will have a dedicated educational Facebook group, supported again by Blue Chip, which will provide competitors with information to help prepare them to compete in a BE-80(T). Competitors will be able to view informative videos, and ask questions about all aspects of competing at this level.

Qualifying Events 2016

Stafford (1) 18th – 20th March

Kelsall Hill (1) 22nd – 24th April

Llanymynech (1) 14th – 15th May

Somerford Park (1) 21st - 22nd May

Berriewood 11th & 12th June

Stafford (2) 15th – 17th July

Bold Heath 13th & 14th August

Kelsall Hill (2) 23rd – 25th September

Grand Final - Weston Park 8th October

Why not visit Blue Chip's website to find out more information and peruse their products

www.bluechipfeed.com

weston-preparesWith only a few days to go before entries open for the spring event the office is very busy dealing with Sponsors, Volunteers and Trade Stands. We have been amazed at how many emails we have had from competitors all trying to get their season plans sorted.

It is a privilege to design on such a fabulous estate, I walked the ground 10 days ago and it was refreshing to remember just how well that old turf feels. The Novice course will run on the central park without road crossings as it did last spring. This gives wonderful views of most of the course from a couple of vantage points which I know is much appreciated by the owners. We have a few new thoughts for the Novices with a new look at Berrimans Water Splash, Tile Choice Toboggan run and the Rookery Park Kidney Pool. Once again we will welcome the Charles Owen Pony Trial we have produced this trial for many years and many of our winners are now showing good form in senior team selections, what a pleasure it has been to watch them mature.

Intermediate and Advanced courses will run up to the Obelisk with the Intermediates having a new question at the Landsbrook Stud's Sunken Road area. The Advanced will have 2 new portables which are straight forward fences but look massive in the workshop, the dimension of these advanced fences and the bulk of the timber is considerable when we have been working on BE80 and BE90 fences throughout the winter.

Competitors please note that you need to allow time to get up to dressage for all sections as this will return to the top of the park. Last year we tried the area above the lorry park which is great from a distance point of view but the ground is much better at the top of the park and the wind that blew a few top hats last year hopefully will also be less of a worry.

We have a new Show Jumping course designer this year Sue Barrett who has a great deal of experience and built a fabulous course for us at Brand Hall for the CICJ1* last year. I am sure you will give her a warm welcome to the team.

We look forward to welcoming competitors into the park this April, don't forget to send in your entries so that you're not disappointed.

Janet Plant
Joint Organiser and Course Designer

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