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New Opportunities for Amateurs with BEDE Events
February 28, 2024

In a move to offer further incentives and opportunities to amateur riders, BEDE Events is pleased to unveil a range of new developments for the 2024 season.

Highest Placed Amateur

With the support of Charles Owen, BEDE Events are pleased to offer a prize for the highest placed amateur across all their events.  The prize will be applicable to all classes, from BE80 to Advanced, with international classes also included.

Rosettes to the highest placed amateur will be awarded, plus special prizes as the result of a prize draw of leading amateurs across individual events. All rosette winners per event will be put into a draw to win additional prizes.

At the end of the season one lucky rider will win a specialist hat fitting and new Charles Owen hat of their choice.

Charles Owen’s Marketing Manager Maisie Sturge commented:

“Charles Owen is delighted to announce our support for Bede Events by recognizing the highest placed amateur rider across their competitions. As a leading manufacturer of riding helmets, we are committed to promoting safety and excellence in equestrian sports. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with the BEDE Events team further to enhance the experience for riders and enthusiasts alike.”

Osberton International (2)

Following the successful addition of the CC1* in 2023, with the support of Agria Equine Lifetime this year’s CCI1* will be split into Professional and Amateur sections, should entries allow.

The creation of two separate sections will allow amateur riders to compete against each other for the prestigious title of an international winner. The amateur market is a large part of our sport and by offering this opportunity to compete against their peers we feel it will allow for the fairest competition possible and compliments the ethos of the Agria BE100 League.

Vicki Wentworth, MD of Agria UK and herself an eventer, says:

“Agria is delighted to support the CCI* and Agria BE100 League which recognises the dedication and talent of the one- or two-horse amateur rider. We well know how much work, investment — and fun — goes into riding at a good standard and it’s this sort of partnership that Agria supports with our Lifetime Equine policy that allows veterinary conditions and ailments to be covered year after year, giving your horse the very best care possible. Best of luck to all those competing in 2024.”

National Novice Three-Day

Following its introduction for the 2023 season, and running alongside the existing CCI2*L, the National Novice ‘trophy classes’ is restricted to non-FEI registered riders. Although not specifically restricted to amateurs it is hoped that the continuation of the National Novice will encourage increased numbers of amateur riders to target Osberton International (2) as an end of season destination.

BEDE Events Director, Stuart Buntine commented:

“The aim is to provide an end of season destination event for non-FEI registered riders, that runs in a 3-day format.  We appreciate that there are many riders who choose to follow the National class route and not target FEI events, and we wanted to create something special for this classification of horse and rider.  By keeping MERs simple we can create an end of season trophy that many Novice and Intermediate riders can aim for.”