A gutting start to the 2021 season as Badminton Horse Trials announces the event’s cancellation
Due to be held behind closed doors 5–9 May 2021, Badminton Horse Trials has announced this year’s edition will unfortunately be cancelled. This cancellation also affects the BE90 and BE100 Grassroots Championships, which were due to be held 4–5 May.
With the Covid situation still somewhat unpredictable despite the vaccine rollout, cancellation was deemed the best course of action following a consultation with Public Health England and South Gloucestershire Council. With health and safety for riders, grooms, staff and the local community paramount, the level of risk the event holds makes cancellation the right decision.
“Last October’s announcement to run behind closed doors was with the optimism that it would be possible, so the decision that we’re not in a position to run the event at the beginning of May hasn’t been taken without significant thought and consideration,” said Badminton Director Jane Tuckwell. “I’m sorry that the 2021 event has become unworkable despite our best efforts, but I’m so grateful to all those who have offered support and encouragement over the past few months.”
Commenting on the cancellation, The Duke of Beaufort said: “Everyone at Badminton is desperately disappointed to have to cancel for the second year in a row, as it’s so much a feature of the year here. But I’m confident that the 2022 event will be very much part of the spirit of optimism that we’ll all once again be feeling by then.”
The Badminton team thanks all their athletes, owners, volunteers, sponsors, contractors and supporters for their commitment to the event, despite the difficult times we’re living in. They look forward to welcoming the equestrian community back in 2022.
For more information, visit badminton-horse.co.uk