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.
ERM is designed to engage spectators and a TV audience. Each competition leg features forty of the World’s best riders and horses competing in the three Eventing phases; dressage, showjumping and cross-country, in a shortened CIC three-star format. Broadcast coverage of each leg of the ERM is supported by pioneering technological innovations, not viewed before in Eventing’s TV coverage prior to ERM, including live competition data presented via enhanced TV graphics aimed to further engage the viewer with the sport. Each leg of the ERM will be available to view live and for free by anyone in the world at www.eventridermasters.tv