Charles Stanley British Masters
Charles Stanley is delighted to once again be sponsoring the British Masters 2013, one of the showjumping world's most prestigious and exciting events. Gary Teper, PLC Director of Charles Stanley Group PLC was on hand recently at the Charles Stanley Head Office in Luke Street, London to sign the contract with Charles Britton, organiser of the event and joint owner of SouthView Competition Centre, where it is to be held for the third successive year.
This will be the fourth year that Charles Stanley has supported the British Masters and in this time the event has undoubtedly played its part in the massive showjumping successes enjoyed at the 2012 Olympic Games, where the British Team took the coveted team gold medal for the first time in 60 years.
As well as wishing to present the highest level of international showjumping to a British audience, an aim of the organisers has been to stimulate more international opportunity for British riders on home ground and, excitingly, the success of the Charles Stanley British Masters at SouthView in 2011 and 2012 has now inspired a further two permanent UK competition venues to run international shows.
The Charles Stanley British Masters FEI 3* event itself stands as a highlight in the British Showjumping calendar. Only three other shows in the UK offer such a high level of competition and, now with the two new ventures, it will be one of just seven international competitions offered in total in Britain throughout the year.
As might be expected the event attracts some of the sport's biggest names and gold medalists Peter Charles and Nick Skelton have already expressed their interest in attending this year, as well as former gold medallist, the USA's Laura Kraut, who was in fact the Charles Stanley British Masters title winner in 2011.
The event is also very much an opportunity for young showjumping talent, by allowing what could become our Olympic stars the chance to hone their talents for the future. In fact the title class was in 2012 won by a young rider, the very able and then just 20 years old, Joe Clayton. With in the past as many as ten nations taking part, other countries have also sent some of their growing talents, such as Bruce Springsteen's talented daughter, Jessica, whose latest partnership is with none other than Vindicat, the 2012 Gold medal ride of our own Peter Charles.
In fact the inclusion of youth goes further than those jumping in the International classes as the event includes the Fairfax Winter JA Championship. This is the culmination of several hard fought qualifiers which run nationally throughout the winter months, and it is a class watched by the team selectors looking to identify partnerships to represent Great Britain at the Junior European Championships in 2013. Riders in this can be as young as 13 and the tough course of obstacles to be tackled on their incredible 148 ponies - some of the best in the world - would daunt many an adult rider!
The SouthView venue is absolutely unique in that everyone is very close to the action. Spectators literally rub shoulders with the participating athletes, the horse owners and their trainers and there is ample opportunity to meet the riders, even walk the jumping courses. This environment, the high level of fierce-fought competition and the extent of showjumping talent on display all blend to create the breathtakingly exciting atmosphere that has made this show one of the most talked about in the showjumping calendar and one not to be missed.
The event is scheduled to run July 5th - 7th 2013 and Charles Stanley will once again host clients in the excellent hospitality marquee immediately adjacent to the main SouthView arena. Here a day-long feast of good food and wine enjoyed amidst good company will amply complement the rare feast of sport on offer.