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Trailblazers Series Starts Great Second Year

The South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazers series is off again! The nationwide competition, run by experts for amateurs, offers unaffiliated showjumping and dressage riders the chance to qualify and then compete in a national championship at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh.

The series, run by the Permanent Show Organisers Association and sponsored and supported by South Essex Insurance Brokers, is building on last year, when it attracted about 10 per cent of the estimated 200,000 unaffiliated competitors.

Qualifying rounds are being held at 39 PSOA cenrtres around the country. Dressage classes are at Preliminary, Novice and Elementary levels and showjumping over 75cms, 85cms, 95cms and 1.05m obstacles for both seniors and juniors, with seniors strictly limited to rides at a minimum 14.2hh.

PSOA spokesman Norman Bargh said: "Apart from The British Riding Clubs, there is no organisation able to offer such well organised competition for the unaffiliated ranks. We can guarantee good courses over well-built obstacles and dressage in front of sympathetic and qualified judges."

Nicolina MacKenzie, livestock and marketing manager for South Essex Insurance Brokers, said: "As sponsors, we were thrilled at the response last year and in the way the series was received. We think it will go on to even bigger and better things this year. A place in the finals will really mean something."

For more information on qualifiers and venues, contact Malcolm Buckingham at tel: 01223 262343, or Norman Bargh, tel: 01254 813159.

South Essex Insurance Brokers Trailblazers series:
Participating Centres

Conrhenny Jumping Show, Douglas, Isle of Man
Hand Equestrian Centre, Clevedon, Avon
Blue Barn Stables, Ashford, Kent
West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Trowbridge, Wilts
Stainsby Grange Riding Centre, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland
Hurstbourne Equestrian Centre, Whitchurch, Hants
Limes Farm Equestrian Centre, Folkestone, Kent
Duckhurst Farm Equestrian Centre, Staplehurst, Kent
Wing Jumping and Dressage Centre, Leighton Buzzard, Beds
Lordsbridge Show Centre, Cambridge, Cambs
Moorhouse Equestrian Centre, Doncaster, South Yorks
Longwood Equestrian Centre, Hockley, Essex
Forest of Dean Equestrian Centre, Lydney, Glos
Solihull Riding Club, Solihull, West Midlands
College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe, Beds
Blewbury Show Centre, Didcot, Oxon
Richmond Equestrian Centre, Richmond, North Yorks
Bold Heath Equestrian Centre, Widnes, Cheshire
Field House Show Centre, Uttoxeter, Staffs
Markfield Equestrian Centre, Markfield, Leics
Forest Edge Stud, Swaffam, Norfolk
Blackdyke Show Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria
Greenlands Equestrian Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria
Osbaldeston Riding Centre, Blackburn, Lancs
Sykehouse Arena, Doncaster, South Yorks
Arena UK, Grantham, Lincs
Rowallan Riding Centre, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Tall Trees Equestrian Centre, Camelford, Cornwall
Northallerton Equestrian Centre, Northallerton, North Yorks.
Stowe Riding Club, Towcester, Northants
Norton Heath Equestrian Centre, Blackmore, Essex
South Wales Equestrian Centre 2000, Heol-y-cyw, near Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan
Gracelands Equestrian Centre, Elmbridge, Droitwich, Worcs
Moor Farm Equestrian Centre, Haverford West, Pembs
Seagold Centurian Equestrian Centre, Bishop Aukland, Co Durham
Sheepgate Equestrian Centre, Boston, Lincs
Glebe Equestrian Centre, Whitestone, Exeter
Ivesley Equestrian Centre, Waterhouses, Durham
Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, Hanslope, Bucks


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