Eventing: News from Great Britain 

16 Mar 2005

World's Top Events to embrace new cross country format as of 2006 

British Eventing’s proposal for the world’s most famous Horse Trials, Badminton and Burghley to adopt the modified Cross Country format from 2006 has been agreed by both Events, after over a year of consultation and worldwide trials. British Eventing chairman Michael Tucker said: ‘Last year we wanted to take time to evaluate the implications of the International changes of removing the Roads & Tracks and Steeplechase phases, and after much debate the new format has emerged as the preferred way forward for the sport at present. We feel that it is right to adopt the Olympic, World and European template to give our riders the best chance of medals in the future.’

Director of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Hugh Thomas added: ‘Our Trials were of course instigated as an Olympic preparation, and the sport of Eventing, as the consummate test of all round horsemanship, has been seen in many guises since it was introduced at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. The gradual fine tuning of the shape of the competition requires evolution but not revolution. At Badminton from 2006 we will provide the fair but ultimate challenge in our sport, and as ever a fine spectacle for our visitors.’

For further information on either Event please see their websites at www.badminton-horse.co.uk or www.burghley-horse.co.uk

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