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2020 Event News – Please Read

The organisers of this year’s event wish to make you aware that they have received the news that the Spring House Group is currently in administration and the Harrogate Riding Centre is in discussion with a potential new owner.

Since receiving this news the organisers have been in touch with the centre to understand the impact to our event and currently there is no confirmed timeline. As such we recommend those booking hotels, flights, ferries etc. to delay doing so as late as possible until we establish more details on the event situation.

We are disappointed to have to make you aware of this news following the highly successful event in 2019 and the desire of the centre and event team to do it again this year, but as you can appreciate this news is outside the control of the event’s organisers.

We will keep you informed as we receive updates of events, and if anyone wishes to contact the organisers then our email is


Zenoah Challenge Cup Event Team

2020 places going fast

With booking in now just over 2 weeks old it is once again looking like our 2020 event will be popular once again.

In just over 2 weeks the attendance numbers are :-

Short Course class, booked places –  44
4 Wheel Drive class, booked places – 24
2 Wheel Drive class, booked places –  12

Leaves just 41 places remaining

2020 Zenoah Challenge Cup News

With just under 4 months to go the organisers of the Zenoah Challenge Cup can confirm that booking is NOW LIVE for our 2020 event which is scheduled the 14th to 16th February.

We will return to the Harrogate Riding Centre, places will be limited to 121 attendees across the classes and like previous years a non refundable deposit will be required to reserve your place at this popular event.

Please keep visiting our website, facebook page for the latest news as we update the sites to reflect our new location.

Along with having a main arena we will be hiring a second for pitting which has a small walk way from one to the other, the centre has plenty of parking, camping space, café, function roombar area and a small b&b complex which the event has rented for the weekend. Further details will be released as we progress.

The Zenoah challenge cup organisers wish to thank the Spring House group and the Birtwistle family for welcoming us back to the Harrogate riding and language centre.

For those who attended previous events at Norton heath and this year at Harrogate they continue to operate as an active centre around our meeting with their livery yard and classes so we ask that you respect this and likewise the place is kept tidy with rubbish placed in the owners skip as required.

Darren Worth

BRCA LSOR Chairman

Latest news from Harrogate

With just a couple of weeks to go I have had a long chat with the owners of the Harrogate Riding centre and their plans for the weekend.

Firstly, the café will be open from 6pm until 9pm on Thursday night offering hot food, then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday serving meals commencing with breakfasts from 7:30 (Friday slightly later), until 8/9pm with evening meals. Sunday of course they will close when racing finishes. Evening meals will be a selection of those listed 2019zccmenu and this is alongside the traditional burgers, chips etc and on Sunday there will be a carvery available so please make use of the services being offered by Drew and Clare.

Secondly, the bar will be open until midnight during the race weekend. Whilst you are free to wander around the facility we have been asked to not take any glassware into the two arenas and minimise its use whilst out doors to limit any potential injuries to the animals onsite.

As previously communicated you will be pitting in a dedicated arena alongside the race arena and overnight they will be locked. The pitting arena will have lights out around 8pm as due to the remoteness of the centre we are unable to have the shower and arena lights on concurrently. Whilst you are pitting and working on your cars can I request that you place a mat or something under your vehicle to catch any fallen parts as we need to minimise any potential harm to the animals who will be in the arena after us.

Due to the centre still needing to exercise those horses in the livery yard can I remind all dog owners to ensure their dogs are on a lead at all times and respect any rider who may be walking through the car park with their horse. Also those with children can I ask that you know where they are at all times since the venue will still be active whilst we are using their facilities.

In terms of car parking please park sensibly and respect any directions given as 2/3’s of the attendees are travelling daily to the venue.

A further email will be issued to all attendees soon.

Venue details are available here and directions too

I would like to wish all attendees a great race weekend and thank the Birtwistle family for allowing us to bring the Zenoah cup back and with your help respect their venue so we can continue our great event.