Will it be ‘Lucky Seven’? –Oliver Townend named as final Team Principal for Express Eventing Series 2012-13. - 09 October 2012

Tricorn Events have today named Oliver Townend as the seventh and final Team Principal for the Express Eventing 2012-13 Series. The Shropshire based rider who won the inaugural competition at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in 2008 and competed successfully in last year’s series and Final will lead his team at the launch of the competition which takes place during HorseWorld Live on Saturday 17th November 2012 at The ExCel Arena, London.

Oliver will face stiff competition as his team challenges last year’s Series winner Matthew Wright together with other team principals Mark Todd, Fiona Hobby, Sam Griffiths, Harry Meade and Lucinda Fredericks in a slightly revised version of the 2011 competition. This will see the ’team principals’ select a second athlete to join their team and ride for points as well as prize money, throughout each of the rounds comprising the 2012/2013 Series. The accumulated points will count towards an overall Series Team Winner as well as a Series Individual Champion.

‘’We are delighted that Oliver is taking part in the Series again this year’’ said Jill Gratton-Fisher, Director and General Manager of Tricorn Events. ‘’He has been a great advocate and supporter of the competition right from the start and is always guaranteed to attract and entertain the crowds’.

Oliver said ‘’I am really looking forward to taking part again. This year will present the additional challenge of strategically choosing a second rider to give Team Townend the best chance of success, but I have given it some thought, so watch this space!. I have been involved at every stage of the development of Express Eventing -even co commentating with Clare Balding in 2010 when the competition was restricted to Young Riders, so I think I have a good insight as to what is needed to win’’.

Future rounds of the Series are planned throughout 2013 at a number of prestigious events including the CLA Game Fair. Other likely venues for which final arrangements remain to be confirmed include the Lincolnshire County Show and the RDS Dublin Horse Show with the Series Final being held at a prestigious venue in the autumn of 2013.

To celebrate the launch of the 2012-13 Series. Tricorn Events are also hosting a Gala Dinner following the competition on Saturday 17th November 2012. This will be held at Hilton, Docklands, Riverside, London SE16 5HW where Yogi Breisner will be the after dinner speaker. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.expresseventing.co.uk/galadinner

For more information or to buy tickets for the HorseWorld Live event or the EE Gala Dinner, please visit www.horseworldlive.com or www.expresseventing.co.uk


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