Plans for this year’s exciting unaffiliated eventing series, with classes from 80-100cm, have been released.

The 2022 Cotswold Cup Championships will be held at Cirencester Park from 23-25 September and will be run as a traditional long format three-day-event for senior competitors, with the inclusion of steeplechase and roads and tracks.

There will be a horse inspection to start the proceedings followed by a long-arena dressage test on the Friday (23 September).

The cross-country, including roads and tracks and steeplechase phases, will take place on the Saturday (24 September), followed by a second horse inspection, showjumping and prizegiving on the Sunday (25 September).

The Junior Championship will take place as a two-day-event, with the dressage test and showjumping rounds on the Saturday (24 September) and cross-country, including roads and tracks and steeplechase phases, and prizegiving on the Sunday (25 September).

The courses will be designed by international course designer Alec Lochore.

“To provide an opportunity to experience the full speed and endurance aspect of a three-day-event to competitors across these levels, is something we have been working towards for several years and will now be brought to fruition in the beautiful Cirencester Park and we are extremely grateful to The Earl Bathurst and Lord Apsley for their support in this venture,” he said.

The eventing series was created by a group of event organisers and hosts who wanted to offer unaffiliated competitors consistent, quality events across a series of top venues.

Competing through the series, competitors have the chance to gain points and securing a couple of high placings could offer them qualification for the Cirencester Park Championship.

The main Championship classes will be at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm, with an under-16 Juniors section for each.

Prize money is on offer for those who finish within the placings, as well as prizes-in-kind including rugs, sashes and the chance to win a Cotswold Cup.

Dates and Venues for the 2022 Cotswold Cup

  • 23-24 April – Waverton House, Sezincote, Gloucestershire
  • 21-22 May – Great Tew, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
  • 11-12 June – Oxstalls, Stroud, Oxfordshire
  • 18-19 June – Waverton House, Sezincote, Gloucestershire
  • 16-17 July – Barbury Castle, Wroughton, Wiltshire
  • 23-24 July* – Oxstalls, Stroud, Oxfordshire (*updated date)
  • 13-14 August – Crown Farm, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
  • 10-11 September – Gatcombe, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
  • 23 – 25 September – Championships at Cirencester Park, The Bathurst Estate, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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