Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls are pleased to be able to confirm their partnership and presentation of the A.T. Classics series for 2017 - the unaffiliated eventing series with a generous £15,000 prize pot.
The A.T. Classics is on course to run across 9 events from April to November at both Aston-Le-Walls in Northamptonshire, and Tweseldown in Hampshire, and will cover three separate height classes – 80cm, 90cm and 100cm.
Rachael Faulkner, Nigel Taylor and their collective teams were aware of the general lack of prize money at the lower levels of eventing and looked to launch a series with a substantial prize fund.
“We wanted to offer a high profile series, with serious prize money, for grass roots riders. We wanted to encourage more riders at the lower levels to take up the reins and come eventing, whilst also creating a pathway for riders moving up the British Eventing levels” – Rachael Faulkner, Tweseldown owner and organiser.
The A.T. Classics will be run on an accumulator basis, giving all competitors a chance at winning the prize money and generous prizes on offer. 1st place will attract 12 points, with 10th place attracting 3 points. A bonus point will also be available to those unplaced double clears.
Leader boards for each class will be available on both venue’s websites throughout the season and will also be made available via popular social media channels.
The A.T. Classics series has attracted generous sponsorship from the likes of Keyflow Feeds and Hit Air UK, with further support from the British Connemara Ponies Society.
Because every eventing enthusiast loves to party the series prizes will be presented at an End of Season Ball, held at Tweseldown on the 11th November, with tickets also being made available to the general public.
Local rider Stephanie Dean commented, “The A.T. Classics really appeals, as both Tweseldown and Aston-Le-Walls and really good venues. So it is the combination of well-run events with good facilities and a generous prize pot that appeals”.
Sentiments were also echoed by Natalie Light, “I’m planning on competing 3 horses across two levels. I like both venues as they offer good courses and there is better prize money on offer than at British Eventing affiliated events, and it is always good to support those venues offering good prize money.”