Entries are open for a grassroots two-day event, with classes now starting at 70cm, opening up the competition to a wider range of competitors.

The National Schools and Riding Clubs Two-Day Event attracts up to 300 riders each year. Now in its 22nd year, this year’s competition includes a new 70cm class and a spectator area to satisfy growing demand.

Taking place on 27 and 28 May at Princethorpe College, near Rugby, the event is backed by local firms The Wigley Group and Newton LDP as its returning main sponsors.

“There was a real appetite for last year’s event as it was the first since 2019 to open to public and spectators due to the pandemic,” said Bud Jackson, chair of organisers Stoneleigh Riding Club. “We wanted to build on that for this year by opening a new 70cm class and enhancing the offering to spectators, and are really pleased to have the support of The Wigley Group and Newton LDP again this year to help us do that.

“This is a key date in the equine calendar for so many school and riding clubs across the country, and this year’s event is already shaping up to be the best one yet.”

The long format encompasses dressage and showjumping on day one, with roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross-country on day two.

The 70cm competitors will have a shortened roads and tracks course which excludes the steeplechase, before moving onto the cross-country course designed and built by Lloyd Hunt from LandS Eventing.

As well as the new 70cm class, there are 80cm, 90cm and 100cm offerings.

“Having been involved for many years, we have been delighted to host this event on the Princethorpe estate since 2015 and we celebrate our relationship with Stoneleigh Riding Club, The Wigley Group and Newton LDP,” added Princethorpe Foundation Assistant Head, Alex Darkes.

“Particularly exciting this year is the addition of the 70cm class, which means that we will make the event accessible to a wider range of riders, who like others, will come back year after year.”

Admission for spectators is free, with the event running from 8.30am to 6.30pm on both days.

To find out more and to enter, visit www.stoneleighridingclub.com

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