Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North to Host Europe's Finest Younger Riders; Yorkshire College to Host 2018 FEI Pony European Event

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North to Host Europe's Finest Younger Riders; Yorkshire College to Host 2018 FEI Pony European Event

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Byline: Anna Harris

EUROPE'S top young riders will be coming to the North of England next summer following the announcement that the European Pony Championships will be held in Yorkshire.

Bishop Burton College near Beverley has been chosen as the host venue for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) European Pony Championships in 2018.

The championships, which will take place from August 7-12 2018, will feature some of Europe's most promising equestrian athletes competing across the three core disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing.

Supported by the British Equestrian Federation, British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, and following the college's successful delivery of the European Championships in 2010 and 2014, the college's bid was chosen as the UK bid to be put forward to the FEI.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, chief executive and principal of Bishop Burton College, said: "We are delighted to once again host such a prestigious equestrian championships. "Since 2010, when we last hosted the FEI European Pony Championships, we have invested heavily in our facilities, making them, we believe, the best available equestrian facilities across all disciplines.

"We are immensely proud of our status as a Centre of Vocational Excellence in equine, and being awarded this event is a wonderful acknowledgement of that.

"To be awarded this event is a major achievement for our equestrian team and one which places Bishop Burton College, and the north of England as a whole, firmly in the international equestrian spotlight."

The college has previously played host to a range of international events, including the FEI Pony Championships in 2010, and the FEI European Junior Eventing Championships in 2014, as well as the FEI CPEDI Para Dressage Championships every year since 2011.

Since 2008, the college has invested millions in state-of-the-art equestrian facilities and now boasts three indoor arenas, including the Olympic-standard Bishop Burton Arena, four outdoor arenas, 80 hectares of parkland used for cross-country, and a 6km hacking and training track that meanders its way around the college farmland. …

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