Following a tender process Bicton Arena is pleased to be awarded the rights to host a BE90 3 Day Event. The BE90 level competition will run alongside the very popular BE100 3 Day competition. Bicton has been hosting the BE100 at its October Horse Trials since 2018.

The pilot class

Helen West, Bicton Arena’s Manager commented, “We are delighted to have been awarded the BE90 3 Day Event pilot class to run alongside our extremely popular BE100 3 Day Event class. We plan to develop this into a Grassroots Festival in the future. And are excited about working with British Eventing to establish this fixture. It will provide direct qualification to the Science Supplements Cup at Badminton Horse Trials, as a destination event for the Grassroots membership.”

The class will give riders the chance to compete as they would at an international three day event. The competition takes place over multiple days with the showjumping phase being held on the last day, in reverse order of merit. They will also undertake the Road & Tracks and Steeplechase phases. As well as a trot up in front of a Ground Jury on the final morning of the competition. The unique format of this event is always popular amongst the grassroots riders. It enables them to finish the season on a high.

The best experience

“It is more than just a class,” added Helen West, who is also Cross-Country Course Designer at the venue, “It is about the whole experience. We want to ensure those competitors coming to the glorious Grade One Listed Park at Bicton have the most wonderful few days with us. This is the only opportunity for the BE membership to compete in traditional long format classes. So we really want them to have the best experience possible.”

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