Badminton horse trials unveils new Mitsubishi Motors Cup

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The trophies for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for amateur riders have been unveiled at Badminton House. Pictured from left is David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, and Hugh Thomas, Director of Badminton Horse Trials.
The trophies for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for amateur riders have been unveiled at Badminton House. Pictured from left is David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, and Hugh Thomas, Director of Badminton Horse Trials.

New trophies have been unveiled for Badminton’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup, the eventing championship for amateur riders which has taken over from the event’s grassroots championships.

The Mitsubishi Motors Cup is the one of the national championships in the British Eventing calendar, with two levels of competition: BE90 and BE100 – jumping over 0.9m- and 1.0m-high fences. Taking over from Badminton’s Grassroots Championships, it is the pinnacle event for amateur riders from across Britain, and is run ahead of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in early May.

BE100 Championship winners Alex Farrer-Fry and Grey Finnsky.
2015’s BE100 Championship winners Alex Farrer-Fry and Grey Finnsky.

The winners of each Mitsubishi Motors Cup classification receive a new Mitsubishi Shogun vehicle for a year, prize money, trophy and commemorative plaque to keep. Other support includes the use of VIP facilities at the finals, access to professional advice and equipment, and branded merchandise.

Last weekend’s Norton Disney Horse Trials in Lincolnshire was the last competition in this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup Regional Final qualifying series, which runs annually from July to October. British Eventing has now confirmed the list of horses and riders who have qualified for the competition at Badminton in May 2016.

Badminton Horse Trials director Hugh Thomas said the interest in the competition from around the country was “extraordinary”.

“To ride here in these finals has become the aim of every amateur rider in the country. The interest in the competition has grown over the years. The trophies and all the other benefits of winning the Mitsubishi Motors Cup emphasise how hugely important it is to win this competition,” Thomas said.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said more prestigious trophies and prizes and the change of name raised the profile of what was already a fantastic competition and takes it to the next level.

“There’s nobody who wouldn’t want to win one of these trophies and they make it even more prestigious than it was to start with. The trophies look magnificent and it’s great to see them,” Bradley said.

British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes said that for many riders, going to Badminton and taking part in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup “is their Olympic Games”.

“To be able to win a trophy like this and the other prizes on offer is fantastic. Badminton is such an iconic location and we are so glad to develop this into such a phenomenal competition. What Mitsubishi Motors in the UK have done to this competition is fantastic.”

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