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New Course Developments for the Return of Brightling Park
May 15, 2023

Brightling Park returns to the British Eventing calendar, after a short absence, under the new management of BEDE Events.  A calendar favourite for the southern region, with its spectacular views and warm hospitality, Brightling Park is undergoing a facelift ahead of its return.

New land drains have been added to further prepare the going and areas of the course that are being rerouted to give a few new look.  New fences are also being brought in from the Hickstead cross-country schooling venue.

BE100 competitors at Brightling will also benefit from the new Agria Lifetime Equine BE100 League that is open to registered members of British Eventing who haven’t competed at Intermediate or above in the previous five years. Points can be collected by a horse and rider combination in any BE100 division across the six qualification events and the finale, though GO BE classes will not count towards point allocations.

Pre-registration is required to join the league, and points cannot be retroactively collected for events completed prior to registration. The participating events are as follows:

  • Agria Shelford (1) – 28th – 30th May
  • BCA – 10th – 11th June
  • Catton Park – 17th – 19th June
  • Brightling Park – 1st – 2nd July
  • Agria Shelford (2) – 26th – 28th August
  • Osberton International – 27th Sept – 1st October – CCI1* Final

Points will be collected through the initial six 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 three times (Minimum Eligibility Requirements) may enter the CCI1* at Osberton, 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-giving will be held alongside the CCI1* prize-giving in the main arena.

Further information can be found via www.bede-events.co.uk