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Major equestrian event for Bishop Burton

Bishop Burton College has been chosen to host a major European equestrian event next year. The European Pony Championships will be held there from 7th to the 12th of August 2018 and will feature some of Europe’s most promising equestrian athletes competing across the three core disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing.

Supported by the British Equestrian Federation, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, and following the college’s successful delivery of the European Championships in 2010 and 2014, the college‘s bid was chosen as the UK bid.

The college has previously played host to a range of international events, including the FEI Pony Championships in 2010, and the FEI European Junior Eventing Championships in 2014, as well as the FEI CPEDI Para Dressage Championships every year since 2011.

Since 2008, Bishop Burton has invested millions in state-of-the-art equestrian facilities and now boasts three indoor arenas, including the Olympic-standard ‘Bishop Burton Arena’, four outdoor arenas; 80 hectares of parkland used for cross country, and a six kilometre hacking and training track that meanders its way around the College farmland.  The campus also features a world class equestrian therapy and rehabilitation suite, including water treadmill and spa, and of course residential accommodation for 450 people and permanent stabling for 120 horses.

Jeanette Dawson, the college’s chief executive and principal, said: “We are delighted to once again host such a prestigious equestrian championships. Since 2010, when we last hosted the FEI European Pony Championships, we have invested heavily in our facilities, making them, we believe, the best available equestrian facilities across all disciplines. We are immensely proud of our status as a Centre of Vocational Excellence in equine, and being awarded this event is a wonderful acknowledgement of that.”

She added: “To be awarded this event is a major achievement for our equestrian team and one which places Bishop Burton College, and the north of England as a whole, firmly in the international equestrian spotlight.”

As part of the competition, riders will be expected to compete in the three Eventing phases including cross country, which will sit on the college’s 80 hectare parkland and test riders with its mix of flat, woodland and water combinations.