Blue Chip unaffiliated Festival of Champions moves to Great Yorkshire

By Your Horse

Event diary

13 May 2008 15:51

The 2008 Blue Chip Summer National Festival of Champions is moving to the Great Yorkshire Showground. It will take place from August 1–3 and will incorporate the Ultimate Showcase Championships - providing yet another high-profile fixture for the Festival Association's growing membership of over 6,000.

Benefiting from a new five-year sponsorship deal by Blue Chip, the Festival of Champions is an unaffiliated series of shows for families and friends who want to enjoy competing their horses and ponies in a huge range of different classes.

Festival Association Director Steven Gardner, who is also a high profile international commentator, has used all of his considerable experience to develop the Festival of Champions very successfully since its launch 16 years ago. Although membership of the Festival Association is likely to rival that of the affiliated disciplines this year, one of its strengths is that non-members can also enjoy Festival of Champions shows.

Steven says, “As an organiser, I have always been more interested in novice competitors and now that we have such a large number of entries at all of our shows, we can offer great value for money. Staging the Blue Chip Summer National Festival of Champions at the Great Yorkshire Showground will add a whole new dimension, as the infrastructure and facilities are outstanding. We are looking forward to staging a really memorable show.”

Blue Chip founder Clare Blaskey is equally enthusiastic about the new venue and confirms, “The Festival of Champions shows are an amazing experience, from the incredible rosettes and wonderful trophies to the really generous prizes. The atmosphere is always so friendly and everyone has lots of fun with their horses and ponies, which is why we are genuinely delighted to have become involved.

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