Eventing becomes name of game

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The British Horse Trials Association is to be relaunched next year with the new name of British Eventing. This was announced by Mike Tucker during yesterday's AGM and Conference at Stoneleigh, where he described the name as being "in line with the world-wide acceptance of Eventing as the official name of the sport."

The British Horse Trials Association is to be relaunched next year with the new name of British Eventing. This was announced by Mike Tucker during yesterday's AGM and Conference at Stoneleigh, where he described the name as being "in line with the world-wide acceptance of Eventing as the official name of the sport."

Next year will also see an extension of international one-day events and of Intro classes, which were run on trial at six events last year. The latter will be designed to encourage inexperienced riders and horses in their introduction to the sport.

Leslie Law's best-ever season as an event rider produced another award yesterday when he received the Tony Collings Memorial Trophy for the leading rider on points gained throughout the year. The two obvious highlights were Law's runner-up place at Badminton and his team silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney. On both occasions he was riding Shearwater Insurance's 10- year-old grey, Shear H20, who was the leading horse.

The Wide-awake Trophy, for the breeder of the best British-bred horse, went to Kate Telford. She bred the eight-year-oldstallion, Pembridge Minstrel, whose five victories included advanced wins at Chatsworth and Thirlestane Castle.

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