2016 saw the launch of the Event Rider Masters, an exciting new CIC*** series with unprecedented prize money and a goal of showcasing the sport of Eventing to a new global audience.
The Event Rider Masters (ERM) confirmed its 2017 calendar, which will consist 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.
Last year the inaugural ERM featured six legs in the UK, in 2017 it will consist of seven legs and will extend its presence at two of Europe’s most prestigious equestrian competitions; Wiesbaden in Germany on 2nd – 3rd June, and Jardy in France on 15th – 16th July.
In 2017 the World’s leading event riders will be competing for the increased guaranteed ERM series prize money fund totalling £400,000, establishing the series as the most valuable in the sport of Eventing. Each ERM leg is worth £50,000, with an additional £50,000 series bonus.
The seven event venues located in England, Scotland, France, and Germany are renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious Eventing competitions in the World, providing a spectacular setting for each leg of the ERM. The growth into mainland Europe is the first step of a planned expansion with the intention of the series to feature on other continents in the future, establishing it as a global sporting series and a first for the sport of Eventing.
Each of the seven classes will run under FEI rules and will be open to just 40 horse and rider combinations, balloted by FEI rider ranking points ensuring a top-flight competition featuring the best in the world. With dressage in form order, reverse order show jumping and the top 20 reverse order cross country, the excitement of the competition is maintained.
Now in its second year, Event Rider Masters is embracing technological innovation to provide audiences with original viewing content. By employing the very latest technology will enable the ERM broadcast to deliver an engaging and exciting experience for fans and viewers around the globe
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.
Each leg of the ERM will be available to view live and for free by anyone in the world at www.eventridermasters.tv