The organisers of the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials have announced that due to the large number of entries received it will not be running domestic Novice classes this year.
Via the entries page on BDWP, organisers said that despite trying to find a way to manage the large number of entries, they had to follow the rules regarding the order of ballot as set out by British Eventing.
This means that FEI classes take precedence followed by the higher level national classes over lower levels. The event, which takes place 11-13 May, received 191 entries for the CIC***, which will also include those allocated places in the Event Rider Masters Series, 207 entries for the CIC* and 59 Advanced entries.
Organisers also received 154 entries for the Novice due to run on Saturday. But unless they can get permission from British Eventing to run an extra day of cross country on the Friday, the Novice sections will not be run.
The statement read “……which means that, desperately sadly, we will no longer run any novice classes this year. Dodson & Horrell, our title sponsor, were particularly keen that we do everything to try and keep these classes but the choice is not ours. However, if the ground continues to improve, and I can persuade our incredible team and volunteers, we will apply to BE for an extra cross country day on the Friday.”