Sunday, February 20, 2005

UK: "Olympic-style" opening for Endurance Championships

Horse and Hound
Carol Phillips
February 9, 2005

Alfred's Tower in Wiltshire is to be floodlit for the first time in its history as part of the opening ceremony of the 2005 FEI Open European Endurance Championships

Organisers of the 2005 FEI Open European Endurance Championships are planning an "Olympic-style" opening ceremony for the prestigious 100-mile race ride, which is taking place in Britain for the second time in its history on 3-7 August.

In the run up to the championships, riders from around the country will be supporting the event by taking turns in carrying a promotional baton along a 200-mile route from the 1993 championship venue at Southwell in Nottinghamshire, to Alfred's Tower, two miles north-west of Stourhead House at Mere in Wiltshire. The ride will raise funds for the championship's adopted charity Spinal Research, and the British Horse Society Access Department.

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