Bicton Arena has announced that Rathbones Investment Management, one of the UK’s leading providers of investment management services for individuals, charities and professional advisers is to continue its sponsorship at Bicton Arena.

The company will sponsor the prestigious two star international classes at Bicton Arena’s April and August horse trials. Both events attract world-class competitors, many of whom ride their top horses at the Devon venue.

They include many of the sport’s top riders such as Kitty King, Pippa Funnell, Sam Griffiths, Ludwig Svennerstal, William Fox-Pitt, Sir Mark Todd and Blyth Tait.

Regional director Sarah Tobey said: “Rathbones are delighted to be continuing their support of Bicton Arena, which goes from strength to strength under Helen West’s stewardship,  by sponsoring the international CIC two star classes in 2017.  “I have known Helen for several years and her enthusiasm, together with that of her team, has helped to put Bicton Arena firmly on the international horse trials map, attracting a number of top competitors.

“Helen and her team’s commitment to the future success of Bicton is all too evident, and we are delighted to continue our support during these exciting times.”

Helen West took over the reins as arena manager in 2013. In 2015 she introduced CIC international classes to the April and August event and added an additional horse trials in July.

Helen said: “We’re absolutely committed to creating a centre of excellence here in the South West so that we can host events that attract world class competitors while at the same time carrying a comprehensive range of classes for our grassroots riders. Bicton Arena offers the most magnificent stage and we are thrilled that Rathbones are committed to supporting us in 2017.”