World Cup qualifier added to Gatcombe horse trials

July 8, 2009

Britain will get an HSBC World Cup qualifier after all, with Gatcombe being allocated the round that was abandoned at Chatsworth last month.

The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park presented by BETA (7-9 August) will be the only qualifier in Great Britain.

"We were all extremely disappointed that our first British qualifier was unable to be completed especially as we know how much work goes into the planning and preparation for these events," said Giles Morgan, Group Head of Sponsorship at HSBC.

"Therefore we are particularly delighted and grateful that the team at Gatcombe Park, a venue that will provide a spectacular setting for the qualifier, has taken this extra organisation on board."

The Festival qualifier will be the final competition in the series of nine qualifiers before the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final which will be held at Strzegom in Poland (21-23 August). Clayton Fredericks is the current holder of the World Cup. The British-based Australian previously won the title in 2005 the following year he won his first British Open Championship title at Gatcombe Park.

"Hosting an HSBC FEI World Cup qualifier will be a new challenge for us but one that we are looking forward to," said Gatcombe Course Designer Captain Mark Phillips. "I am sure the HSBC FEI World Cup qualifier at Gatcombe Park will provide an excellent alternative to the one at Chatsworth and will be a great addition to our programme."