Barbury International Horse Trials stays firmly on the Event Rider Masters' 2018 calendar
With the new eventing season just a few weeks away, the Event Rider Masters Series (ERM) has announced its 2018 calendar of six legs, which builds on last year's international expansion into mainland Europe by including a new leg in Belgium.
In July the St James's Place Barbury International Horse trials will be host to the series' fourth leg - in between the ERM competitions in Belgium and France.
This will be ERM's third year with the World’s leading Event riders competing for ERM series prize money fund totalling £350,000 - once again establishing the series as the most valuable in the sport of Eventing.
The prize fund for each ERM leg in the UK is £50,000. The prize fund for each European ERM leg is €57,000. The riders also compete for an additional £50,000 prize fund for the 2018 Series Championship Title.
The 2018 ERM venues located in Belgium, England, France, Germany and Scotland are all renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious and spectacular eventing competitions in the world. The continued expansion into mainland Europe reinforces the intention of ERM to feature on other continents in the future, with the goal of establishing it as a recognised global sporting series and entertainment platform.
The first two ERM series saw local Marlborough area eventers placed in the top three overall positions. In 2016 Mildenhall based New Zealand rider Jonelle Price took second place. And last year veteran New Zealand team member Sir Mark Todd took third place. He is based near Marlboeough.
Each competition leg features forty riders and horses competing in the three eventing phases - dressage, show jumping and cross country, in a shortened TV friendly FEI CIC three-star format competition.
Broadcast coverage of each leg of the ERM is supported by pioneering technological innovations which, prior to ERM, have not been seen before in television coverage of the sport. Features include live competition data, presented via enhanced TV graphics designed to further engage the viewer.
ERM is one of the pioneers of full live content viewing by making the sport available, for free, on innovative popular social media platforms Facebook Live and YouTube. It is also available to view live and for free by anyone in the world via the ERM website.
ERM works with SAP - its official technology sponsor - to develop even more innovations and audience engagement technologies.
The 2017 ERM series provided some outstanding personal performances and introduced a new generation of eventing superstars. French International Thomas Carlile won Barbury on the popular stallion Upsilon. The season finale was won by Britain’s Izzy Taylor, leading from start to finish, with a stunning performance riding Be Touchable.