Bringing the North Together

Welcome to the Eventing League focused around the north of the country. 

The aim of the Saracen Horse Feeds Brigante Cup is to offer a high level of unaffiliated events, across the north of the country and give unaffiliated competitors an excellent selection of courses and facilities to experience. 

Running at three levels, 80cm, 90cm & 1m, which gives the opportunity for many competitors to access these great venues. 10 qualifiers running throughout the year at Epworth, Eland Lodge, Breckenbrough, Shelford, Northallerton and Cholmondley. All venues are run by experienced event organisers, giving the unaffiliated competitor the taste of eventing. 

With the qualifiers taking place across the north beginning with Northallerton on 3rd April 2022 and all leading to the SARACEN HORSE FEEDS CHAMPIONSHIPS at Frickley Park on 18th September 2022.

At the final, competitors will take on a long arena dressage test in front of the stunning Frickley Hall followed by the Cross Country, finishing up with show jumping in reverse order of merit with the crowing of the 80cm, 90cm and 1m Champions.  

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How does it work?

Each qualifier will hold classes at 80cm, 90cm & 1m level. In each section the top 2 placed competitors will automatically qualify directly to compete at the SARACEN HORSE FEEDS CHAMPIONSHIPS. 

For 3rd to 10th placed competitors, they will each receive points, as listed below: 

3rd - 10 points 

4th - 9 points 

5th - 8 points 

6th - 7 points 

7th - 6 points 

8th - 5 points 

9th - 4 points 

10th - 3 points 

A competitor who completed with a double clear (who did not get placed in the top 10) will receive 2 points per event. 

These points will be kept in a league and the top X% from the league will qualify for Frickley. Riders will be notified of their qualification after the last event of the season. 


Our aim with the Saracen Horse Feeds Brigante Cup is to provide an exciting series of events for grassroots competitors across the north of England. Following the success of the Cup in 2021, and feedback from competitors, for 2022 we are introducing new eligibility criteria for those wishing to compete at the Saracen Horse Feeds Championships

As such, all combinations must adhere to the following criteria:

- Rider must not have ridden at 3* or above at any point from the 1st January 2019

- Horses must not have competed at 3* or Intermediate level or above at any point since the 1st January 2019

Frequently Asked Questions


Can non-eligible riders and horses still enter qualifier events?

Yes, absolutely – these restrictions are limited to those who can compete in the final classes at the Saracen Horse Feeds Championships on the 18 September. Non-eligible competitors can therefore still enter qualifier events as per the rules of the relevant venue and will compete in that section normally. The only difference is that their performance will not count towards qualifying for the Saracen Horse Feeds Brigante Cup

How does this effect automatic qualification?

The 1st and 2nd placed eligible combinations in each section at a qualifier competition will automatically qualify through to the Championships, with the highest placed eligible combinations winning a special prize from Saracen Horse Feeds. For example, if 2nd place is taken by an ineligible combination, 1st and 3rd will automatically qualify for the Championships

How does this effect the awarding of points?

Points will be awarded down the section based on eligible combinations. Hence, an ineligible combination will not be awarded any points, with those points being passed down to the next eligible rider, and so on

Alongside the SARACEN HORSE FEEDS CHAMPIONSHIPS at Frickley Park, there will be classes open to all, so you will have the opportunity to compete at the Championships if you don't manage to qualify. 

Championship Format

The final will be run in a unique format to help create a Championship atmosphere. 

Competitors will complete a long arena dressage test, set in front of the stunning Frickley Hall followed by a championship standard cross country course. The show jumping will be run in reverse order of merit to crown the champions!