After days of uncertainty, British Eventing has announced that all competition has been cancelled with immediate effect in light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
In a statement, BE announced that it has been a very difficult situation but the decision had been made in light of the most recent government announcement to minimise social contact and non-essential travel.
The BE statements read:”The restrictions on the support of the emergency services means that the responsible decision is to take all action necessary not to further burden the NHS or risk members’ safety at events. We thank all of our members, organisers, officials, volunteers and staff for their support during these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume sporting activity as soon as we are able.”
The decision had been widely expected. Early on Monday Dalkeith (1), due to take place 4-5 April, was cancelled, owing to it being hosted on a public park and following the recent guidance issued in relation to the running mass events in Scotland.
With the season only just underway, only six events have been able to run. For those events that have passed ballot date, members will have their entries refunded under the abandonment insurance and those pre-ballot will be refunded in full.
Questions have surrounded the running of large scale eventing competitions, such as Badminton Horse Trials which takes place in May. A statement on its website as of 17.30 on 16th March stated; Following the Government’s update on Monday, 16th March, the preparations for the 2020 Badminton Horse Trials are at present continuing, however we are monitoring the situation closely. Any updates will be posted here as they arise.”