Badminton Horse Trials, scheduled to take place May 6-10 in South Gloucestershire, England, will be the second five-star event of 2020 to be canceled, following the cancellation of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event two weeks prior.
The event issued the following statement today:
“Following the Government’s COVID-19 public health restrictions and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce it is no longer possible to stage Badminton Horse Trials between the 6th and 10th May in any capacity. This cancellation also includes the Science Supplements Cup.
“This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health and safety of all those that attend and are involved with Badminton remains our number one priority. Please be assured that Badminton Horse Trials operates a refund policy and we will be in contact shortly with more information on how these will be processed accordingly.
“We apologise for the delay in making this announcement but are grateful to our insurance brokers and underwriters for their support and cooperation at this busy time. Badminton Horse Trials would like to take this opportunity to thank and wish all of the athletes (human and equine), sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and volunteers well through this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the 2021 event.”
Our support and sympathies are with impacted organizers, venues and competitors during these difficult times. View a full list of canceled events here.