The Event Rider Masters (ERM) now in its second year, consists of seven legs, including expansion of the series from the UK into mainland Europe. Furthermore, with a total of £400,000 guaranteed to be awarded in prize money across the series, it establishes the ERM as the most valuable prize of its kind in the sport of Eventing.
Award winning TV production company Red Handed has been appointed as the ERM series broadcaster. The live broadcast will be integrated across social media and live stream platforms, as well as a series of eight highlight programmes will be broadcast across major TV channels globally.
ERM is continuing their partnership with global technology provider SAP. The SAP Spectator Judging app will provides the chance to ‘take the judge’s seat’, generating spectator scores. Additionally, SAP Equestrian Analytics will produce live data and comparable split times of competitors with GPS tracking on the cross-country, which will be a feature in the broadcast programmes and the ERM live stream. Additionally, ERM is working with TV graphics experts SCG, sports timing leaders Rechenstelle and statistical analytical specialists Equi-Ratings.
The 2017 series started with a bang at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials with the win of Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Quicklook V, the first female winner of an Event Rider Masters Leg and with a record finishing score of 36.90. The big news for 2017 was the introduction of two new european venues: the first, Leg 2 at Wiesbaden (Germany), was a real example of girl power on the podium with Sarah Cohen (GBR) in 1st place, Julia Krajewski (GER) in 2nd and Sarah Algottson Osthol (SWE) in 3rd; Leg 4 at the Jardy Eventing Show (France) saw a win for World No.1 Michael Jung (GER) on his ERM debut, with Karim Florent Laghouag (FR) and Oliver Townend (GBR) filling second and third spots respectively.
At Leg 3, the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials, French rider Thomas Carlile won with his amazing stalllion Upsilon, setting a new record finishing score of 32.4 in the process; Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Sir Mark Todd (NZL) completed the podium. Leg 5 saw the band wagon roll on to The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park and Gemma Tattersall (GBR) once again took the top spot on the podium, this time with the speed demon Arctic Soul. Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) climed the leader board with two immaculate jumping rounds to finish in 2ndplace and Alexander Bragg (GBR) in 3rd.
Blair Castle hosted Leg 6 and with a stellar field, Shane Rose took the win with Virgil, Chris Burton was 2nd on Graf Liberty and Oliver Townend 3rd with Cooley Master Class.
Gemma Tattersall has been a dominant performer in the 2017 ERM series, delivering top ten finishes in all the five legs she has competed in. She has ridden four different horses across the series this year, as well as winning Leg 1 with Quicklook V and Leg 5 with Arctic Soul. This weekend, she secured fourth place riding Pamero 4 finishing on a score of 53.7, after producing a double clear in the showjumping and cross country phases, adding 11.2 time penalties to her dressage score. Tattersall now cannot be caught in the series as she sits at the top the leaderboard on 108 points and will win the £30,000 series cheque at next months series finale.