Major prizes for amateur eventers follows grassroots revamp

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Alexandra Farrar-Fry jumps the last on Grey Finnsky on the way to winning the final and concluding BE100 Mitsubishi Grassroots Championship in May 2015.
Alexandra Farrar-Fry jumps the last on Grey Finnsky on the way to winning the final and concluding BE100 Mitsubishi Grassroots Championship in May 2015.

One of the most popular events on the British horse trials calendar has a new name and has added some impressive prizes.

The Mitsubishi Motors Cup, which takes over from Badminton’s Grassroots Championships, is the pinnacle event for amateur riders from across Britain, and is run ahead of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in early May.

The winners of each Mitsubishi Motors Cup classification will receive a brand new Mitsubishi Shogun for a year, prize money, trophy and commemorative plaque to keep. The two winners, along with the runners-up, can also use the Mitsubishi brand name in association with their horses’ names, to commemorate their victory, add prestige and perhaps help attract potential sponsorship.

Other support includes coaching at BE clinics, the use of VIP facilities at the finals, access to professional advice and equipment, and branded merchandise.

Mitsubishi Motors (UK) Managing Director Lance Bradley said the company was proud of its association with equestrianism at amateur level.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to create an even more memorable experience for those taking part,” he said.

The Mitsubishi Motors Cup is British Eventing’s National Championship, and run in two levels – BE90 and BE100 – jumping over 0.9m and 1.0m high fences.

British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes said the series continuedto become an increasingly important part of BE’s National Championships’ calendar, “being the ultimate goal for many, as well as a valuable step up the ladder. So, to have this generous prize package on offer enhances what is already a fantastic achievement”, he said.

Mitsubishi Motors (UK) is entering its 25th year of association with the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. The company created the Mitsubishi Grassroots Championships in 2009.

MM_Cup_LogoSome 6000 amateur equestrians are eligible to enter the championship each year; 1000 reach the regional events for fewer than 100 places in each classification final, held over two days preceding the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials.

The new logo design for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup incorporates the rider number (253) of Alexandra Farrar-Fry, who was the final and concluding BE100 winner of the Mitsubishi Grassroots Championship.

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