The Event Rider Masters Series (ERM) confirms its’ 2018 calendar of six legs, which builds on the International expansion into mainland Europe, with the introduction of a new leg in Belgium.
In 2018 the World’s leading Event riders will be competing for ERM series prize money fund totalling £350,000, which once again establishes the series as the most valuable in the sport of Eventing. The prize fund for each ERM leg in the UK is £50,000. The prize fund for each European ERM leg is €57,000. The riders also compete for an additional £50,000 prize fund for the 2018 Series Championship Title.
The 2018 Event Rider Masters calendar is confirmed as:
Leg 1 – The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, Derbyshire – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May
Leg 2 – Internationales Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier, Germany – Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May
Leg 3 – Concours Complet d’Arville, Belguim – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June
Leg 4 – The St. James’s Place Barbury Castle International Horse Trials, Wiltshire – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July
Leg 5 – Haras de Jardy Eventing Show, near Paris, France – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July
Leg 6 / 2018 Series Finale – The Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Perthshire – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August
The 2018 ERM venues located in Belgium, England, France, Germany and Scotland are all renowned for hosting some of the most prestigious and spectacular Eventing competition in the world. The continued expansion into mainland Europe reinforces the intention of ERM to feature on other continents in the future, with the goal of establishing it as a recognised global sporting series and entertainment platform.
Each competition leg features forty of the World’s best riders and horses competing in the three Eventing phases; Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country, in a shortened TV friendly FEI CIC three-star format competition.
Broadcast coverage of each leg of the ERM is supported by pioneering technological innovations which, prior to ERM, have not been seen before in television coverage of Eventing. Features include live competition data, presented via enhanced TV graphics designed to further engage the viewer.
ERM is one of the pioneers of full live content viewing by making the sport available, for free, on innovative popular social media platforms Facebook Live and YouTube. It is also available to view live and for free by anyone in the world on www.eventridermasters.tv
ERM will continue to innovate and expand the coverage of Eventing to the wider sporting audience by incorporating cutting edge technology, presentation and editing. ERM is very proud to have Official Technology Sponsor, SAP, working alongside the team to develop even more innovation and audience engagement technologies.
The 2017 ERM series provided some outstanding personal performances and introduced a new generation of Eventing superstars. Britain’s Gemma Tattersall commanded the series with wins at Chatsworth and Gatcombe Park aboard two different horses, while fellow British rider, Sarah Cohen, beat off strong competition to win the German leg at Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier. French International Thomas Carlile won Barbury on the popular stallion Upsilon. FEI World No.1 ranked rider and current Olympic Champion, Michael Jung won the inaugural ERM leg at Haras de Jardy and Shane Rose provided the first ever ERM win for an Australian athlete at Blair Castle. The season finale was won by Britain’s Izzy Taylor, leading from start to finish, with a stunning performance riding Be Touchable.
The balance of male and female wins from the ERM athletes highlights the sport of Eventing as a sport of true gender equality and reinforces the Olympic ideal.
EVENT RIDER MASTERS QUICK FACTS
FEI approved CIC three-star competition series
Every minute of every ERM competition live streamed online
TV Highlights shows produced from every ERM leg – broadcast globally
Six leg series, season championship points awarded at each leg. Final championship result taken from top 5 out of 6 legs of riders’ results.
2016 ERM Season Championship:
- ERM Champion – Oliver Townend (GBR)
- Runner-up – Jonelle Price (NZL)
- 3rd – Paul Tapner (AUS)
2017 ERM Season Championship:
- ERM Champion – GemmaTattersall (GBR)
- Runner-up – Sarah Cohen (GBR)
- 3rd – Sir Mark Todd (NZL)