Event Rider Masters Announces Six Venues of 2020 Series
The Event Rider Masters (ERM) has today confirmed its 2020 calendar, consisting of six legs, including a brand new UK location, that brings a second ERM leg back to UK shores.
ERM 2020 will once again provide the world's top Event Riders with chance to stake their claim on a share of the £350,000 series prize fund.
Launched in 2016, ERM condenses traditional Olympic Equestrian Three Day Eventing into two days of competition with a shortened cross country course. Including all three disciplines - Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country, the ERM Series is fully approved by the global governing body for Equestrianism, the Federation Equestrian Internationale (FEI) and runs under the FEI CCI4*S rules.
The live broadcast of ERM is comprehensive and freely available to all ERM fans globally online, with every second, of each phase, of every competitor, professionally live streamed by ERM's TV Production Partner, Red Handed TV. A total of eight TV highlight programmes are also produced and these shows are distributed by ERM's TV Distribution Partner, Sunset+Vine to an ever increasing list of broadcast partners globally.
ERM is the most valuable series in eventing. It provides the world’s most successful event riders with an international stage on which to compete for an unprecedented total prize-money fund of £350,000. The prize pot for the UK leg is £50,000 while each European leg offers €57,000. The riders compete for the much-coveted ERM Series Championship Title and an additional £50,000 series prize fund shared by the top three riders at the end of the season.
Reigning ERM Champion, Australia's Chris Burton has won the ERM Series Championship Title for two consecutive years through his consistent top form at the ERM Legs.
The 2020 Event Rider Masters Calendar is confirmed as:
Leg 1 - Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International - Norfolk, UK. 10th and 11th April
Leg 2 - The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials - Derbyshire, UK. 10th and 11th May
Leg 3 - Concours Complet D’Arville - Belgium. 27th and 28th June
Leg 4 - Les Haras de Jardy Eventing Show - Paris, France. 11th and 12th July
Leg 5 - Millstreet International Horse Trials - County Cork, Ireland. 28th and 29th August
Leg 6 The Finale - Concours Complet International Lignières en Berry - France. 10th and 11th October
Providing spectacular settings for each leg, the six ERM venues located in Belgium, England, France and Ireland are renowned for hosting some of the most elite competition in eventing sport.
Jim O’Toole, CEO of Event Rider Masters commented; “The 2020 calendar will provide a great sporting series. With the addition of Burnham Market we now include a venue that has proven itself exceptionally popular with the world's best event riders. We are disappointed not to be returning to Germany for the Wiesbaden Pfingsturnier, but an extremely congested German competition calendar forced this decision for 2020. The fan base of ERM continues to grow globally and we continue to drive value for our expanding group of commercial partners. We anticipate further growth in 2020 as our world class riders create a great sporting spectacle for all to enjoy."
Alec Lochore, Burnham Market Event Director commented; “We are delighted to be hosting the opening leg of ERM 2020. It's a perfect fit for us – the top riders descend on our corner of North Norfolk every spring, so to be able to offer them an ERM class as well as our regular three star, four star and national classes is the icing on the cake.
“I have worked with the ERM team previously, up at Blair Castle, so have seen first-hand the excitement the class generates, with its generous prize money and live streaming opportunities. I'm really looking forward to showcasing our event to an international audience.”