In its first year under new management by BEDE Events, Catton Park promises new routes on the cross-country course, with enhanced viewing and new water complex.
The BEDE team undertook several new enhancements at Catton Park in 2022, with the support of owner Ollie Nielsen, before the event was sadly cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Returning Catton competitors will therefore notice a number of changes to the cross-country course including a new route that doesn’t take the course up through the trees and tracks up the hill and instead offers increased viewing for owners, parents and spectators with 75% of the track visible from a single vantage point. A new bridge crossing will allow for the new route before taking competitors up into the Catton moguls, and to the new water complex which has now had 12-months to settle before being unveiled.
Entries are already open for Catton Park, as part of BEDE Events new first-come-first-served approach to entries. With entry numbers already buoyant, entries will close on the 29th May unless already full, with class quotas based on previous entry levels.
For 2023 Catton Park also features as a qualifying event for BEDE’s new Arena Saddles Novice and Investec Intermediate leagues. The leagues are open to registered members of British Eventing who haven’t competed at Intermediate or Advanced, respectively, and above in the previous five years. Points can be collected by a horse and rider combination in any of the specified sections across the qualification events and the Osberton International finale.
Points will be collected through the qualifying events: three points will be awarded upon completion; two points for jumping clear in the showjumping phase; and two points for jumping clear (sans jumping penalties) in the cross-country phase. Those who meet the MER (Minimum Eligibility Requirements) will gain priority entry to the CCI2*L or CCI3*L at Osberton International, at which points will be awarded for placings: 15 points to the winner, 14 points to the runner up, and so on, with 15th place receiving one point, while all double clears (no jumping penalties in either jumping phase) will receive a two-point bonus. The league prize-givings will be held alongside the CCI2*L and CCI3*L prize-giving in the main arena, with the Novice winner riding away with a brand new Arena Saddle of their choice and the Intermediate winner receiving a share of an enhanced cash prize pot.
Further information can be found via www.bede-events.co.uk