British Events Step Up to Fulfil Cancelled Entries

Bicton course designer and organiser Helen West will add a CCI2*-S to this month’s international. Photo by Hannah Cole Photography.

There’s something to be said for the speed with which eventing folks can mobilise when the going gets tough — and the going has, quite literally, made things particularly tough this year. Just a scant few hours ago, we shared the news that the Fairfax & Favor Rockingham International Horse Trials had cancelled, giving British Eventing its tenth outright abandonment of this very wet season. That was particularly tough news for CCI2*-S competitors, who had hoped to finally get a run in after losing their divisions at both Thoresby and Chatsworth — but now, thanks to some quick thinking from two teams of organisers, two-star entrants, plus Novice and Intermediate competitors, will still get a chance to run this month.

Bicton International Horse Trials, which famously took on the ‘pop-up’ five-star to replace Burghley in 2021, will add a CCI2*-S to its roster for its event this month, set to be held from May 25–28, among a stacked schedule that sees them host a short-format CCI4*-S and long-format two- and three-star classes. The announcement was made this afternoon, and entries were immediately opened, so the Bicton team, helmed by Helen West, requests that competitors get their entries in as quickly as possible so the team can timetable accordingly. Entries can be made here.

Hampshire’s Tweseldown Horse Trials, which will be held this weekend, has added an extra day on Friday, May 19, to allow for extra Novice, ON, Intermediate, and OI sections to run. There’s a very short entry window open for these classes, bearing in mind the proximity of the event, so entries will officially close at 10.00 a.m. BST tomorrow (May 18), or when full. You can get your entries in here – or, if you’d like to volunteer, Tweseldown’s organisers are desperate for some extra helping hands to get this show on the road. You can get in touch to register your interest via any of the below email addresses:

Fence Judge: please email [email protected]

Dressage Steward or dressage writer: please email [email protected]

Ring steward: please email [email protected]
Anyone who can help with set up tomorrow: please email [email protected]
Go Eventing!

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