An eventing showcase event on the Isle of Wight has been cancelled due to lack of entries.
In an announcement on Facebook, BEDE Events said they had been working hard to deliver Osborne House Horse Trials, but had found themselves in a position where they had not received enough entries to run two days of competition, which had been scheduled for 23rdand 24thJuly.
The British Eventing endorsed fixture – run at Open Intermediate Level – was billed as a showcase for eventing, with the primary aim of attracting new spectators and sponsors to the sport with Ludwig Svennerstal and Oliver Townend taking top honours.
This year, only 15 entries had been made with Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Sam Griffiths lined up to compete.
BEDE Event’s statement said: “We love the island so much and have worked really hard to deliver the event again this year, with many changes and developments planned. however we now find ourselves in a position where there are not enough entries for the competition. We don’t feel that we can continue with the event if we do not have enough competitors to provide good sport for the two days.
“This was a hugely difficult decision to take and we are so upset after such fantastic support from English Heritage and the island community. The whole team has been working really hard to ensure that this year’s event built on the success of last year. We can’t thank the Isle of Wight community enough for really embracing the event and we’re very sad that we’re now unable to bring the sport back to Osborne this year. Unfortunately, it is not possible to continue if we do not have a field of competitors.”
BEDE Events added that people who had booked tickets would be refunded within the next couple of weeks.