Contest for all ages and abilities at farm venue

A NEW type of equestrian competition is taking place at a venue near Morpeth.

Cashjumping, which was launched last month, is the concept of a good prize money to entry fee ratio and it covers ponies and horses.

There are three sets of classes – one, two and three – priced at £10, £15 and £20 respectively, and 50 per cent of each entry fee goes into the competitors’ prize fund for that class.

It is open to all riders of all ages and standards. Those taking part do not need to be a member of any association (British Showjumping, Pony Club, British Eventing, British Dressage, Riding Clubs etc) to compete, but to receive prize money and potentially progress to the Cashjumping Finals in September, they must register with www.cashjumping.co.uk

Competitors will never be asked to progress out of their comfort zone – the speed at which they progress is their own decision. The height of the fences starts at 60cm and goes up to 1.30m for ponies and 1.40m for horses.

The prize fund depends on the number of competitors. For example, if there are 20 riders taking part in a class where it costs £10 to enter, the awards would be as follows: 1st place £40, 2nd place £30, 3rd place £15, 4th place £10, 5th place £5.

Winnings are being recorded in national league tables and the top 50 riders in each class will qualify for the finals.

The Bluesky Equestrian and Event Centre at Potland Farm, Longhirst, is one of the Cashjumping venues and its next competition day takes place this Sunday from about 9.30am.