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BRITISH OPEN RAISES THE BAR WITH MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM

Released 12.01.07 The British Open Show Jumping Championships will be staged at the NEC Arena, Birmingham this year. The four day event will take place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April 2007. The move follows Grandstand Group’s successful relocation of Horse of the Year Show to the NEC in 2002.

The British Open was launched in 2003 at the Sheffield Arena and has quickly established itself as one of the blue chip events on the sporting calendar. It has so far produced three British Champions with Robert Smith twice battling a strong international presence to win back-to-back Championships in 2005 and 2006. In addition to the Championship itself, which will see increased prize money, the 2007 event will once again host the highly acclaimed British Open Indoor Cross Country competition and the High Goal Arena Polo Challenge following their successful debuts at this year’s event.

Mark Wein, Director of Grandstand Group commented, “The infrastructure requirements of the British Open have grown considerably during the past 4 years to the point where we were running out of space. We have therefore taken the decision to move the Show to a larger venue allowing us to expand from using one hall in Sheffield to now using three halls at the NEC. This offers us the opportunity to create a dedicated Tradestand hall to help meet demand as well as the ability to stable the horses in a separate hall in our backstage area. These additional facilities will greatly enhance the Show to the benefit of the visitors, the tradestand holders and the riders.

“Over the past 4 years, the NEC has proved a huge success for our other equine event, the Horse of the Year Show, and such is the versatility of the venue, we will be able to present each Show in a totally unique format. I have no doubt that the British Open will be a resounding success in Birmingham and could lend itself to hosting a World Cup final in the near future.”

Robert Smith will be competing to retain his British Open Champion title at the British Open Show Jumping Championships from 12th – 15th April at the NEC, Birmingham. For tickets and further information visit www.britishopenshowjumping.com. Box Office: 08700 100 216

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