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Posted on September 14th, 2020

CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT: OLYMPIA, THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW 2020

The Organising Committee of Olympia, The London International Horse Show announced today that with great regret it has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Show.

Over the last few months, the Olympia organising team has been looking at multiple scenarios to try to stage the indoor Show with the health and welfare of everyone involved at the heart of that decision-making process. Reluctantly, it has been concluded that it is not possible to run the event in December 2020 given the commercial implications of the government’s social distancing guidelines and the numerous additional Covid-19 safety requirements.

Unfortunately, this means that the Olympia feature events, including the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup, the Olympia Grand Prix, the Puissance, the FEI Dressage World Cup and the FEI Driving World Cup qualifiers will not be held in 2020, along with the international displays and all of the traditional Olympia festive entertainment.

Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “My father, together with Clarion Events, started the Olympia Horse Show in 1972 and it has run every year since, meaning that this year would have been our 49th show. My brothers and I have attended every Show and therefore I completely empathise with the sadness felt by our visitors, who will not be cheering, laughing, and clapping in the Grand Hall this year. I also understand the disappointment felt by our competitors, officials, sponsors and particularly our trade stand exhibitors, who would have been particularly looking forward to the Christmas boost that Olympia gives them.

“Olympia holds a special place in the equestrian world’s hearts. Generations of families have held their Christmas parties at the Show and many will not be able to imagine a Christmas without a visit to Olympia. However, we are looking forward to being back in 2021, with a bumper Show to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

“I am extremely grateful for the supportive messages we have received from the equestrian community over the summer and am only sorry that we are unable to be with them at Olympia this Christmas.”


Posted on September 11th, 2020

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials moves to Burnham Market – for one year

Following the Covid-19 related cancellation of this autumn’s Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, Musketeer Event Management is delighted to have been able to step in to run both the CCI4* short format 8/9-year-old-championship, a stand alone CCI4*Short and the CCI4* long format normally hosted by Blenheim.

The Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International will run from 17th – 20th September, a welcome replacement for Norfolk’s covid-cancelled spring International fixture. It will be the first time that the venue has hosted a four-star long format event – which means competitors will be greeted by a number of changes.

Most notably, due to the need for an extended cross country track – a requirement for a long format four star – the cross country start has moved to the normal dressage field. The track runs down through the normal stables field (the stables have been moved), through the main arena and over the drive to join the regular course. Long format riders will also perform their dressage tests in the main arena.

The calibre of entries at the spring Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International is always top class, and this ‘stand in’ fixture is no different. Entries include the current World number one Oliver Townend, who has an astonishly successful record at Burnham Market; reigning World Champion Ros Canter; Ros’ gold medal winning team mates Tom McEwen, Gemma Tattersall and Piggy March – who of course was also the 2019 Badminton winner; 2019 Burghley winner Pippa Funnell, past World and European Champion Zara Tindall and eventing icon William Fox-Pitt.

Riders from 18 nations will be in action, including Kiwi double act Tim and Jonelle Price, Australia’s Sam Griffiths, Japan’s Toshiyuki Tanaka and Ryuzo Kitajima, China’s Alex Hua Tian and Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal.

Musketeer Event Management is also hosting its usual lower level national event, Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market (2), the weekend before the star studded international.

In accordance with current government regulations both events will be run ‘behind closed doors’ and are NOT open to spectators. However Horse & Country TV will be live streaming the International classes on both Saturday and Sunday, 19th – 20th.


Posted on September 10th, 2020

British Equestrian Update: new legal restrictions for England

The government has recently announced new restrictions in England which limit gatherings to a maximum of six people, enforceable by law, which come into effect on Monday 14th September. While this has implications for day-to-day life, British Equestrian has had confirmation via Sport England that equestrian sport and activity taking place in organised conditions under each governing body’s published ‘return to play’ protocols and related guidance, can continue without observing the new restricted numbers.

Riders, drivers and vaulters meeting for informal equestrian activities such as hacking must legally abide by the restriction of six people or fewer as of Monday 14th September in England.

Also coming into law is the requirement for businesses to record customer, staff and visitor contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace programme. Most equestrian centres, venues and operatives should have instigated this within their ‘return to play’ plans, but those who haven’t been must now put a recording program in place in order to comply with the law. Data should be held for 21 days, then safely destroyed, and should be handled in accordance with GDPR.

Currently, there are no changes to numbers who can gather in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales from those previously published.

British Equestrian’s Head of Participation David Butler commented; “We’ve worked closely with our member bodies to get them prepared for returning to action safely, and most are back up and running under COVID protocols. Having stringent plans in place was vital, but even more so with these new restrictions being made law because our plans mean that activity can safely continue. I’d urge all equestrian businesses, particularly in England at present, to be extra vigilant and rigorously ensure the guidance is strictly adhered to, as well as health and hygiene measures. It’s easy to become complacent, but this change reminds us that coronavirus is still very much with us and we must all play our part in complying with the guidance to minimise the COVID risk when taking part in equestrian activity.”

Helpful links

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play/frequently-asked-questions-return-sport-and-activity