This weekend sees the Event Rider Masters (ERM) at Gatcombe Park kick off its fourth leg at the Festival of British Eventing produced by BETA. Forty international riders will compete at the horse trials for a total of £50,000 with £16,000 awarded to the winner of leg four.
Australian rider Paul Tapner who’ll ride Yogi Bear IV, has his eyes set on the £30,000 series rider bonus. Proving to be super competitive in all three legs this summer, Paul is presently lying in second place on the ERM leader-board with 63 points, behind Gemma Tattersalls on 66 points who’s now in Rio.
“Following the disappointment of not receiving the Olympic call up and with Gemma Tattersall away in Rio, I have an opportunity to try and grab a good lead in the series. Yogi and I are raring to go and we plan to make the most of this weekend’s competition,” says Paul Tapner.
Also in the top ten of the ERM leader-board are Britain’s Laura Collett (Pamero 4) and New Zealander’s Jesse Campbell (Kaapachino) who will be hoping to climb up the leader board this weekend.
“Strong performances are required in all three phases but in particular a quick cross-country seems to have been very influential in the ERM series so far and with Gatcombe’s unique terrain this weekend will be no exception. I am expecting a very competitive competition. Pamero is feeling very well and it would be great to snatch some more ERM points,” said Laura.
Equally Izzy Taylor with KBIS Briarlands Matilda could be a strong contender to shake up the final placings at Gatcombe, as her horse is one of the fastest on the eventing circuit. Also making his ERM debut this weekend is former double Olympic team gold medallist Andrew Hoy with his horse Cheeky Calimbo.
The ERM competition can be viewed live on Saturday (dressage) and Sunday where the competition culminates with the show jumping and cross-country phases ran in reverse order.
For more information visit: www.eventridermasters.tv