- Access to top trainers & training courses around the country
- Hospitality marquees at events including Badminton & Burghley
- Discounts through EHOA discount providers
The Latest EHOA News at Your Fingertips:
Zip Travel winner to the Europeans at Blair is announced
Zip Travel's Kathy Hook and Ian Dennis with Mary King
We are delighted to announce that Alyse Clancey has won two all inclusive tickets to the FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in September.Mary King MBE drew the winning ticket from a Honri Top Hat in the EHOA owners tent at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials following Saturday’s cross country.Ian Dennis, whose company Zip Travel sponsored the prize, said: “We have been associated with the EHOA since 2007 and we are delighted to offer this prize. It’s a fantastic association and for me it’s a lovely break from the more usual corporate travel breaks that we organise. We’ll have a limited number of people going to Blair and they will have a wonderful few days where not only will they see the European Championships but also get a taste of that area of Scotland. It will be a truly unique experience.”EHOA chairman Cathy Butler added: “It’s a wonderful prize which is offered to all EHOA’s members and we are very grateful to Zip Travel for their continued support of our association.”To find out more about Zip Travel please visit www.zip-travel.co.uk.
The Mitsbubishi Motors Grassroots Championship
7/5/2015 What a great competition! Well done to all our EHOA members who took part. We hope they enjoyed every second of their experience riding at the famous Badminton Horse Trials.
The EHOA Silver Salver is awarded annually by Shearwater Insurance Services to the two highest placed EHOA members in each class.
The winners this year were Katie Vincent who rode Alexis Symes’ 15.1hh gelding Glen Carter to finish third in BE90 and Imogen Judd who was fifth in BE100 on Stephanie Buchanan’s Urlingford Tom.
Other EHOA members who received jackets from Shearwater Insurance were Michelle Pritchard (Moortown Alchemist )and Jude Matthews (Bendigo IV) in BE 90. In BE100 the jackets were awarded to Vicky Smith (Indian King II) and Louise Weir (Lady Ballina).
[Watermarked images kindly provided by Fiona Scott-Maxwell]
International Supporters Pavilion FEI European Eventing Championships Blair Castle 2015
Members of the EHOA and the Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) are to be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to the FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle which allows them access to the International Supporters Pavilion (ISP). Please be aware that numbers will limited to the ISP tent so early booking is advised.
Tickets are not on sale to the general public and are only available to select members of National Federations and recognised Eventing Supporters Clubs.
Any EHOA members who have already bought members’ tickets for Blair will be able to upgrade their tickets to the ISP tent. The Blair office will handle this directly when you submit your booking form.
Please click here for all the information on Blair and for the booking form.
THE EHOA HAS RESPONDED TO THE FEI’S RECENT PAPER REGARDING THE STRUCTURE OF EVENTING AND HAS POSTED THIS RESPONSE ON THE FEI FORUM
April 24, 2015
To whom in may concern,
I write, as chair of the Event Horse Owners Association ('EHOA'), so that our views will be available to those attending the meeting in Switzerland on Sunday, 26th April, 2015. The EHOA represents all owners of horses competing in the UK (including foreign owners). We welcome the opportunity to consider and comment on the FEI discussion papers. We understand the need to address factors of safety for both horse and rider, factors affecting the development of the sport and the importance of retaining Eventing as an Olympic event.
Let me first write to express full unqualified support for the views expressed so cogently by Bruce Haskell, the chair of ERA Int, in his open letter dated 23rd April 2015. In particular:-
1. We believe that Eventing must be seen by, and overseen by, the FEI as a sport separate from the others under the FEI umbrella. For that reason, we disagree with the suggestion in the FEI paper that there is a need to 'harmonise' the rules that Eventing has for the dressage and show jumping phases in its competition with the rules applicable to pure Dressage and to Show Jumping. We see no such need, especially now that each of these disciplines is, for IOC purposes, a separate 'event'.
2. The sport of Eventing went through a radical format change a decade ago to accommodate the short format programme required for Olympics. Clearly, as the FEI paper states, Eventing must be 'attractive, modern, TV and spectator friendly'. We consider that there is much that should done in this area right now. Bruce Haskell lists some of the presentational changes that we need to see. We urge the FEI to support and encourage these changes. But we do not consider that format change is necessary. We are now at a stage where it is more important to consider how the FEI presents Eventing to the viewing public rather than with the Sport itself.
3. We strongly support ERA's plea that the team competition at the Olympics should be at the highest level. Don't address the universality principle by lowering the standard. Instead, encourage and help aspiring nations to bring their riders' skills up to the highest level. Furthermore, it is contrary to the universality principle to prevent the same rider competing in the team and individual competitions. We do not accept that running each team sequentially is sensible. It would reduce the 'excitement factor' and increase the risk of accidents - no time to take account of feedback.
4. With regards to formats with the possible merging of the current long and short 1 and 2 star competitions, what are the objectives? Currently when riders and owners are planning their horses schedule for upgrading up the levels, the CIC competitions are used as a ‘stepping stone’ to the longer formats of CCI. Where is this proposal leading and what format is proposed if retaining CCI competitions at 3 & 4*?
5. We share ERA's concern at the 'one line' threat in the FEI paper to the essence of Eventing - to the existence of the CCI 4* competition. Why raise even the possibility of the 4* course length being reduced. What is this all about? Why this proposal? As owners who love the sport, we do not want a shorter cross-country course for 4* competitions.
6. A final word: again we echo Bruce Haskell's comment - no change of name for our sport is required. By improving the presentation of our sport, 'Eventing' - easy to remember and easy to spell! - will become readily identified by a wider public. But please let us have new names for our competitions. We must get rid of those dreaded initials - CCI, CIC CCIO. They have no place in a modern, outward looking sport.
Equestrian sports are unique. Only in Equestrian sports do two athletes necessarily compete in partnership together - horse and rider. However there is another extremely important partner in this relationship and that is the “Owner”. Owners fund these partnerships and allow their horses to compete for their nations. Owners should be assured of the highest standards at whatever level their horses are competing. When changes to the sport are being considered it is only right that their views should be taken into account and, accordingly, we welcome the chance to present them in this letter.
Cathy Butler (Chairman EHOA) 24th April 2015
EHOA gains support of Weatherbys Private Banking
February 6, 2015 - The Event Horse Owners Association is delighted to announce Weatherbys Private Banking as its principle sponsor for 2015.
Founded in 1770 by James Weatherby, the seventh generation family-run company has its roots in the horse racing industry but has built up a successful private bank.
Roger Weatherby, Chief Executive of Weatherbys Bank said: “Weatherbys have been involved in horse racing sponsorship for many years. However, 2013 saw us venture into headline sponsorship in the eventing world for the first time. Since then we have been involved with a growing number of events, including the 2014 Badminton Horse Trials, where we first worked alongside the EHOA.”
He added: “As we well know from the sport of horse racing, owners are key to the success and continuity of the sport, and we are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the EHOA in 2015. We look forward to meeting many of you at EHOA events throughout the year.”
The EHOA was founded in 1998 by a number of owners of event horses who were supporting the sport but felt that they were being seen as the sport’s outsiders. Through its work, the EHOA is now recognised throughout the sport and is widely regarded as the ‘Voice for Owners.’
The EHOA’s Jeremy Skinner said: “Last year, after a careful review, we moved our banking to Weatherbys Bank, seeing that as a natural fit. For us this has been excellent. To have a bank with staff we now know well makes all the difference.
“I am, therefore, delighted that Weatherbys Private Banking has agreed to cement our relationship with them. Weatherbys Bank is now the 'Event Owners’ Bank. We shall be welcoming people from the bank to our hospitality marquees during the season.”
Owners are now fully accepted by riders, organisers, British Eventing, the sport’s governing arm, and the media as playing an essential role in the sport. Having been the forerunner of rider training which BE has carried on, the Association’s further aim is to make eventing even more fun for owners.
The EHOA hosts hospitality marquees at many major events, including Badminton, Burghley, The British Eventing Championships at Gatcombe and Obsberton, and it will continue to exert pressure on event organisers to provide spaces for owners to sit down, enjoy a cup of tea and meet up with friends.
The EHOA’s chairman Cathy Butler said: "We are excited at the prospect of working closely with Weatherbys. With their support we shall indeed be able to make eventing more fun for owners.”
Join the Richmond Horse Trials for lunch on May 8
April 27, 2015 - The Richmond Horse Trials would like to offer EHOA members and owners the opportunity to join them for lunch on the Friday of the horse trials (May 8).
This would provide members with an ideal opportunity to meet organiser, Paul Hodgson, who is also Chairman of the British Eventing Board of Directors. Paul is keen to hear your views and to answer any questions that you may have for him.
Lunch tickets can be purchased for £10 per person, to include a cold buffet and a selection of puddings, in the sponsors' Tent at the Horse Trials. Please apply for tickets by contacting email@example.com
Richmond will also be offering vouchers for free tea and coffee in the sponsors' tent before 11.30am and after 3pm, available for collection in the Secretary's Caravan.
EHOA Annual Award Winners 2014 presented at The Vineyard, Newbury
November 1, 2014
The Darby's Rider Award - Harry Meade
The Shearwater Insurance Owner Rider Award, presented by Susan Lawton – Teri Warner
Shearwater Owner Award Carolyn & Anthony Townsend and Susan Lawson (Dutch Man Retto)
The EHOA Eventing Award presented by Cathy Butler - Sue Becvar.
The Huntridge Plaque - Paul Ridgeon (Armarda)
British Eventing Awards, introduced by Hugh Thomas
Britannia League overall winner, presented by Nigella Hall - Jodi Amos and Wise Crack
2nd Francis Whittington (Easy Target)
3rd Louise Harwood (Whitson)
Calcutta Cup – Roy and Emma Backer (Whitson)
Wide Awake Trophy - Roy and Emma Backer (Whitson)
Leading Grassroots Horse 2014 – JJ Malone (Alyson Parker)
Points Accumulated – Catriona Kerruish and Alyson Parker
For more on our awards night visit our Features and Gallery pages.
EHOA members benefit from new safari sponsorship
October 31, 2015 - The EHOA is delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Sosian, a 24,000 acre private wildlife and cattle ranch in the heart of Laikipia in Kenya.
Unforgettable safari experiences are par for the course at Sosian where guests can choose to embark on a series of exciting activities, including exploring the wilderness with experienced guides, horse riding, camel safaris, game-drives, night-drives, fishing, archery, tennis and swimming.
Sponsorship of the EHOA means current members along with their family or friends, who might accompany them on a trip, can enjoy a 20 percent discount off the standard price of staying at Sosian Lodge.
Chairman Cathy Butler commented: “This is a wonderful new association and one that we very much hope that our new members will make use of. We look forward to cementing our association with Sosian in the months ahead.”
A spokesman from Sosian added: “We are very much looking forward to working with the EHOA and welcoming its members to Kenya for an unforgettable safari experience.”
The wildlife at Sosian is exceptional, with 70 species of mammals, over 30 species of reptiles and 300 species of birds and guests can expect to see elephant herds, lions, cheetahs and leopards, oryx, gazelle and ostrich, to name a few.
Sosian is also at the forefront of wildlife conservation and is a member of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, working to protect wildlife through sustainable land use such as tourism.
The lodge itself was originally built by Italian artisans in the 1940s and restored in the 1990s to provide beautiful accommodation for up to 14 guests. Four cottages lie in the tropical garden overlooking Mt Kenya and miles of unspoilt Africa, each with its own private verandah and ensuite bathroom.
Sosian employs 100 staff from the local community and trains its staff in all aspects of tourism and ranching. It also supports the local school which is attended by 330 children on a daily basis.
c/o Offbeat Safaris Ltd
PO Box 1146
Nanyuki – 10400
0254 7049 09355
Discount 20% for EHOA members and family/friends who accompany them on safari. Quote EHOA
Can you help at EHOA Hospitality?
We are looking for volunteers to help at the Hospitality Marquees. As you are no doubt aware it is very important to have an enthusiastic team of people ready to host the marquees and welcome other members, owners and riders. We have been providing EHOA Hospitality at a number of Events and are rolling out new dates this season. We are looking for people to get involved in assisting in the Hospitality Marquees. You will have lots of fun and meet plenty of like minded folk getting together for the love of our Sport.
If you can spare some free time and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Mrs Margie Hall -firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our Hospitality page for dates