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REIGNING champion Aoife Clark has set her sights on a repeat win at Bramham with Equi-Trek confirmed as title sponsors for the fourth consecutive year.

WINNER: Aoife Clark on Fenyas Elegance in the showjumping round on her way to winning the 2014 Bramham CCI three-star title. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

This means another year’s loan of a Sonic two-horse box on offer – a prize fired-up Clark is reluctant to let slip from her grasp.

Irish ace Clark landed last year’s headline CCI three-star class at Bramham on board Fenyas Elegance to earn a £5,000 first prize and one of the most prestigious titles of her blossoming career.

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Having also benefited from a year’s loan of an Equi-Trek 3.5 tonnes Sonic two-horse box, Clark has every intention of returning to retain a prize that has proved invaluable to her in the past year.

Clark, 33, says she did not know about the Sonic two-horse box on offer ahead of her 2014 bid for glory though there was no denying the satisfaction at taking it back down to her English base in Middle Barton, Oxfordshire after a glorious success in Yorkshire.

The Irish ace now describes the Equi-Trek bonus as the “best bit about winning Bramham” and with the same carrot on offer this June – plus a further £5,000 – Clark is counting down the days to another summer visit to Yorkshire.

Speaking exclusively to The Yorkshire Post this week, Clark said: “To be very honest I don’t really like to look at all the prizes before the event because you don’t want to get ahead of yourself. It might increase the pressure when having a rail down will drop you down the line.

“I wasn’t actually 100 per cent aware what the prize was last year, but we have not stopped using (the box) since and it’s the most brilliant prize. It’s still being used every day.

“It’s made a massive difference and I don’t know how we’ll cope without it. It just means I’ll have to go back and win it again– like it’s ever that easy. But I’ve all intentions of being back though I’m not altogether sure with what horses.”

Clark had initially earmarked Fernhill Adventure for her 2015 Bramham bid for glory and the nine-year-old remains a likely contender though he may instead be aimed at the CIC three-star class. Last year’s winner – Fenyas Elegance – is now being targeted at her first British CCI four-star bid for glory at Badminton in May.

But Clark has strength in depth and has vowed to send out a strong contender to contest the main honours at an event which will run from Thursday, June 11 until Sunday, June 14.

The Bishop Burton College Under 25 CCI three-star and the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC three-star combine with the Equi-Trek CCI three-star to produce one of Britain’s best loved fixtures.

Also on offer is top-flight showjumping, high class showing, young horse classes for future stars and some fast and furious Pony Club action, not to mention the shopping, food and Action and Adventure Zone.

Already champing at the bit ahead of 2015’s renewal, Equi-Trek’s Managing Director Tom Janion said; “Equi-Trek is delighted to renew its support of Bramham International Horse Trials in 2015, and for the fourth consecutive year we are especially delighted to be offering the winner of the CCI3 three-star an Equi-Trek Sonic horsebox.

“Bramham is a superb event which goes from strength to strength every year and continues to draw competitors from all over the world who compete at the highest level of the sport. The stunning parkland landscape offers Equi-Trek a superb location in which to showcase our latest horseboxes and trailers in our native Yorkshire countryside, offering spectators the unique opportunity to view and inspect our entire range.”

The online Box Office for the 2015 event is now open and to celebrate the partnership news, Bramham and Equi-Trek have teamed up for a superb competition.

Anyone who makes a ticket purchase between now and February 15 will be entered to win a lesson with Equi-Trek brand ambassador and Yorkshire favourite Oliver Townend.

Bramham Event Director Nicholas Pritchard added: “I’d like to thank Tom and the Equi-Trek team for their continued support. They’re great partners for the event and their investment allows us to continually up our game to produce a world-class fixture for riders, owners and fans alike.

“Their generous offer of a lesson with Oliver is a great incentive to get booking your tickets early.”

This weekend marks the start of the 2015 Yorkshire Area point-to-point season with Sunday’s meeting at Sheriff Hutton. A record number of 151 entries have been received for the seven-race card which raises funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Racing starts at 12 noon and the postcode is YO60 7TN. Admission is £10 per person and racecards are £3 each.