Event Rider Masters has unveiled the 2018 series calendar, with three legs in the United Kingdom and three legs in continental Europe, including a new leg added at Concours Complet d’Arville in Belguim.
The 2018 Event Rider Masters prize fund of £350,000 makes it the richest series in the sport. With a prize fund of £50,000 for each UK leg and €57,000 for each European leg, the riders also compete for an additional £50,000 prize awarded to the 2018 Series Champion.
The 2018 Event Rider Masters series calendar is confirmed as:
May 12-13 – Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials – Derbyshire, England
May 18-19 – Internationales Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier – Wiesbaden, Germany
June 23-24 – Concours Complet d’Arville – Arville, Belguim
July 7-8 – St. James’s Place Barbury Castle International Horse Trials – Wiltshire, England
July 14-15 – Haras de Jardy – Marnes-la-Coquette, France
August 25-26 – Blair Castle International Horse Trials – Perthshire, Scotland
“I enjoyed the pressure of the 2017 series and cannot wait to set my season around the 2018 series with my team of horses,” 2017 Series Champion Gemma Tattersall said. “The new event at Arville will be a challenge, and the even mix between UK and Europe will definitely increase the International competition within the series.”
All legs of the series will once again be streamed live for free on eventridermasters.tv, incorporating SAP technology like the Spectator Judging app for dressage and live virtual tracking of riders on cross country. We also expect to see EquiRatings return as the Official Statistics Providers.
Henrike Paetz, SAP’s Global Head of Equestrian Program, said, “ERM is a great way to demonstrate SAP’s approach to sports sponsorship. The innovations we are creating with ERM are an exciting way to bring fans and media closer to the sport and showcase the power of SAP technology.”
Chris Stone, CEO of Event Rider Masters, said the 2018 series will continue to “push the boundaries” of how eventing is showcased to the world.
“The expansion into mainland Europe with the addition of Arville embraces the truly global nature of eventing and will definitely make the competition more intense,” Chris said. “With the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September, we are expecting to see international eventing superstars and their teams using the competitive ERM series as part of their build up.”
Click here to read the full announcement about the 2018 series calendar. Go Eventing.