Express Eventing have today announced the athletes, including the winner of lthe first qualifier, Matthew Wright, who will compete in the second Series qualifier at the Lincolnshire Show on Wednesday 22nd June. The athletes will be hoping to secure a qualifying place, which will see them compete in the final at the Horse of the Year Show at Birmingham’s LG arena on 4th October.

This compact thrill a minute version of eventing is this year being rolled out nationally and will see dressage to music, cross country and showjumping being completed in one arena and is to be integrated within five prestigious and established annual shows throughout the country. The Bolesworth Castle Showjumping Classic marks the opening of the 2011 Series.

This year for the first time the sport is no longer be invitational, and is instead open to any qualifying Young or Senior rider combination wishing to apply.

Stephen Renouard, Equestrian Director for the sport of Express Eventing commented “We’re delighted to be taking an Express Eventing Series qualifier to the Lincolnshire Show, where the sport will be showcased to a huge audience. It’s also great to see that Matthew Wright has caught the bug after winning Bolesworth Showjumping Classic and so will be joining us at the Lincolnshire Show”.

Competing Athletes:
-Matthew Wright (GBR). Nottinghamshire based Matthew has represented Great Britain at the European Championships. He has competed at International level, and has had particular success in Ireland where he was winner at Ballindenisk Horse Trials and the World Cup Qualifier. Matthew was the winner of the Series opening qualifier at the Bolesworth Showjumping Classic in Cheshire last weekend.

-Shari Butchart (GBR). Essex based Shari is a former Grade A Showjumper and has previously competed at the Horse of the Year Show. She also represented Great Britain in that discipline on both the Junior and Young Rider teams. This is her third season of eventing after making the switch.

-Charlotte Castle (GBR). Lincolnshire based Charlotte has represented Great Britiain as an individual Young Rider, gaining 7th place in the Young Rider Europeans in 2007. Charlotte competes to 4**** Level.

-Fiona Hobby (GBR). Wiltshire based Fiona competes at International 4**** level and was 7th in the Blenheim Horse Trials CCI*** last year.

-Carol Pearson (GBR). Lincolnshire based Carol competes to International 2** level. She has competed in several eventer’s grand prix competitions.

-Will Murray (GBR). Newcastle based Will has previously competed at the Horse of the Year show with Working Hunter Ponies, before making the switch to eventing. He now events to Advanced level.

-Kate Lukas (GBR). Surrey based Kate has evented professionally since graduating with a Management degree in 2004. Kate has previously won the Derby House owner-rider Novice championship at Henbury Hall on Prime Suspect III, qualifying for the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe, has trained a horse to selection for the World Class Equine Pathway and been placed at the British Dressage Winter Championships. 

-Georgie Strang (GBR). Kent passed Georgie has competed at International 4**** level, and has been placed 9th at the Welcome to Yorkshire Bramham International. She was a member of the South East Junior Regional Novice team, and is now a member of the regional foundation squad.

-Angela Starr (GBR). Kent based Angela is has completed a season as a point-to-point jockey, and has also competed in British Showjumping. She has recently made the switch to Eventing with three of her horses.

-Tamsyn Hutchins (GBR). Cornwall based Tamsyn represented Great Britain at both the Pony and Junior European Championships, gaining a team bronze at both. She has been competing at 3*** International level for the last six years, and was fourth in Express Eventing in 2010.


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