The 2020 Badminton Horse Trials have been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
The cancellation of the world famous trials, due to run from May 6-10, follows in the wake of the loss of the Land Rover Kentucky Horse Trials in America, and the cessation of Eventing at a national level across many countries for the foreseeable future.
The Science Supplements Cup, which was due to run 5-6 May, has also been cancelled.
The statement from the organisers said; “Following the Government’s COVID-19 public health restrictions and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce it is no longer possible to stage Badminton Horse Trials between the 6th and 10th May in any capacity. This cancellation also includes the Science Supplements Cup. This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health and safety of all those that attend and are involved with Badminton remains our number one priority. Please be assured that Badminton Horse Trials operates a refund policy and we will be in contact shortly with more information on how these will be processed accordingly. We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to our insurance brokers and underwriters for their support and co-operation at this busy time. Badminton Horse Trials would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish all of the athletes, sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and volunteers well through this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the 2021 event.
Entries for the event closed on Thursday with the event serving as an opportunity to catch the selectors attention ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, with the Games also in doubt.
It is only the sixth time in the event’s history that the event has been postponed. The last time was 2012 when bad weather in the run up to the event made it impossible to run. It was also cancelled in 2001, 1987, 1975 and 1966. In 1963 the competition was downgraded to a one day event due to adverse weather conditions.
The British Eventing Grassroots Championship was also cancelled in 2012. But the following year, two championships competitions were held for 2012 and 2013 allowing qualified riders to compete.