New Event Director for Festival of British Eventing

       Peter Phillips, Tim Henson and Capt. Mark Phillips


The Festival of British Eventing is a highlight of the UK eventing calendar where four British National Championships are hotly contested each year; The TopSpec Challenge for The Corinthian Cup (The British Amateur Championship), The Dodson & Horrell British Novice Championship, The Smith & Williamson British Intermediate Championship and The British Open Championship CIC3*, incorporating the Event Rider Masters, when the British National Champion is crowned

Event Director Tim Henson has been a driving force in building the event for over 20 years but he is now stepping down and handing over the reins to SEL UK, a London-based sports and entertainment agency specialising in large scale event delivery, sponsorship and consultancy headed up by Peter Phillips

Captain Mark Phillips, Chairman of The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, says

 “We would like to thank Tim for his huge contribution and service to The Festival over the years. He helped create The Festival and has been instrumental in raising the standards to deliver the best possible Championships year on year. We are very sad that he is standing down, however, we are excited for the future and Tim will still have an important role in the coming years.”

“Peter has been involved with the Championships in many different guises since a very young age and knows the event as well as anyone. Peter and his team at Sports Entertainment Limited (SEL) UK have some great ideas to develop and expand The Festival in the future and I look forward to continue working with him as he takes on this new role”

Peter Phillips, Managing Director of SEL UK Ltd commented that “Tim has done an unbelievable job with The Festival of British Eventing over the last 20 odd years. His leadership of the team running The Festival has led to the event being one of the best run and attended events on the equestrian calendar. These are big shoes to fill but I am confident that the team at SEL will be able to bring a fresh approach whilst not taking away from the core values that Tim and his team have built up to make The Festival such a great event and a showcase for the sport of eventing”

The Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association, held at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire will take place from 3rd to 5th August 2018.