With the cancellation of The Eventing Spring Carnival and Osberton Estate’s lockdown concerns, the 2020 horse trials are due to run at Thoresby Estate in October
Running 8–11 October, the Osberton International Horse Trials will instead be hosted by Thoresby Estate, who were meant to run the inaugural Eventing Spring Carnival in March, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. The team at Thoresby – which is situated just six miles down the road from Osberton Estate – are delighted to have the opportunity to organise the three-day event this year as a one-off relocation.
Stuart Buntine of Osberton Organiser BEDE Events commented: “During these difficult and uncertain times we’re delighted to announce that the competition planned for Osberton will be going ahead, albeit at a different venue. There’s been much to do, and final plans are still being implemented, but we’ll announce the full timetable shortly.”
Osberton Estate’s Ralph Foljambe added: “Given that Thoresby was robbed of its first event in March due to COVID, I’m thrilled that the estates can work together. It achieves the best result for the sport in these unprecedented times. We’ll look forward to 2021 when two separate events can be held at Thoresby and Osberton as was intended in 2020.”
Gregor Pierrepont of Thoresby Park said: “In this exceptional year, holding the event at Thoresby is very much a one-off, but we’re very pleased to be able to step in and we’ll be on hand to support Stuart and the team to make the horse trials a great success.”
CEO of British Eventing Jude Matthews was also in support of the move: “It’s fantastic that the competition due to take place at Osberton is able to run thanks to the co-operation of so many people. We’d like to thank Thoresby for stepping in with use of the estate facilities. The decision to change venue has taken place at very short notice and we’re grateful that this key fixture is not lost from the 2020 calendar due to Coronavirus.”
For more information, visit bede-events.co.uk