New date for dressage nationals

By: Horse Deals

New date for dressage nationals
New date for dressage nationals
The date of this year’s Dressage Deluxe National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh Park has been changed after it was announced that the Pope will be visiting Coventry during the same weekend.
The national championships will now take place a week earlier on 9 – 12 September to avoid the clash.
More than 300,000 people are expected to converge on Coventry Airport, located just three miles from the show ground, to welcome the Catholic leader on Sunday 19 September.
The venue for the dressage competition has been allocated as a coach park hub to receive those travelling to the area and many of the roads in the vicinity will be closed for the duration of the weekend. Police have advised organisers to either cancel or move the competition.

Following an intensive review of the options British Dressage has decided that the best course of action is to move the event to run a week earlier than planned; the earliest date the competition could be brought forward following regional finals.
To move later would cause the show to be adversely affected by reducing daylight hours, as well as impacting on riders and support staff leaving for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

BD’s chief executive Amanda Bond said: "The nationals are the highlight of the British Dressage summer competition season and it is of course unthinkable that the championship be cancelled outright. Although the move is not ideal we hope you’ll agree we had no choice but to opt for this new date. I’m confident that this year’s show will be better than ever despite our unexpected hiccup with Pope Benedict XVI!"