The Ride-away Express Eventing Challenge takes centre stage at The CLA Game Fair - 28 July 2015

Some of the countries top and up and coming riders will be heading to Harewood House, Leeds this weekend to compete in the Ride-away Express Eventing Challenge. Author Toby Vintcent will also be joining the panel of judges to assess the artistic performance of the riders competing in the compact form of traditional three-day eventing.

Dubbed the Twenty20 of equestrianism, Express Eventing has a number of unusual twists, including a dressage to music phase. For this part of the competition, riders are required to express both their own and their horse’s personality through the music of their choice. This element of the competition is a big favourite with the audience and the horses alike. The other judges are British dressage judge Anne-Marie Taylor and international event riders Ruth Edge and Richard Waygood, who will be awarding separate points for technical competence and accuracy.

The following twelve athletes will compete the CLA Game Fair: -

Julia Dungworth
Ben Way
Emma Hyslop
Phoebe Powell
Simon Grieve
Fiona Hobby
Jess Butler
Sara Burdess
Carol Pearson
Imogen Murray
Mary Anne Carpenter
Fiona Davidson

A hotly fought contest was won at Bolesworth International in June by Olympic hopeful Alex Hua-Tian (CHN). Asked how he felt about the competition, he said: "Express Eventing is definitely here for the future. It's something that the sport desperately needs".

Top young eventer Phoebe Powell , said: “Express Eventing has become something of a showcase for the sport’s top riders, bringing the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and showjumping to a single arena, so that all the action can be seen from one seat. It’s about making the sport more accessible and providing great entertainment. I took part for the first time at Bolesworth and am completely hooked.” Phoebe is being supported by Premier Equestrian Flooring.

Express Eventing is sponsored by Yorkshire-based Ride-away, one of the UK’s leading equestrian specialists. The new partnership has seen the staging of Express Eventing competitions at Bolesworth International and the CLA Game Fair this year, with Ride-away as title sponsor. Premier Equestrian Flooring have become a partner sponsor for The CLA Game Fair. From 2016, the number of annual competitions will be expanded to five to establish a national Express Eventing series.

For Further Information please contact:
Jill Gratton-Fisher
07885 675179


Notes to Editors:

Express Eventing

Express Eventing was born out of a passion for eventing and the desire to bring the sport to a wider audience. It combines the three eventing disciplines of dressage, cross-country and showjumping within a single indoor or outdoor arena, enabling spectators to see all the action from one seat and to follow the progress of riders through each stage of the competition. The one-day, arena-based format was developed with the help of top event riders to create a demanding competition for horse and rider and an intimate, thrilling experience for spectators. The simplified scoring system, dressage to music and final ‘eraser’ fence in the showjumping are all unique to Express Eventing.


Established in 1980, Ride-away is a multichannel retail business with extensive online and catalogue operations as well as a 15,000 sq ft superstore, 10 miles north of York. With more than 17,000 products in stock and a team full of experienced riders and horse owners, Ride-away delivers to 196 countries worldwide. Ride-away was acquired by Pets at Home in December 2012.

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