Gatcombe's Festival of British Eventing cancelled

By: Horse Deals

Gatcombe's Festival of British Eventing cancelled
Gatcombe's Festival of British Eventing cancelled

This weekend’s Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Glos, is the latest event to fall victim to this season’s record rainfall.

The organisers have taken the decision to cancel the event, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA,) which was due to take place 13 – 15 July due to "ongoing adverse wet weather".

Co-organiser Captain Mark Phillips said: "The unprecedented rainfall over the past month has produced exceptionally wet ground conditions. Due to the continuing unsettled weather we are unable to safely continue the preparations for the Festival.

"We know that riders and spectators will be disappointed - especially as so many events have been cancelled already this year. We did everything possible to ensure that the event took place, but sadly the hard-working ground crew at Gatcombe Park have been defeated by the weather."

British Eventing's chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith said "The organising team has explored all options to see if there is a way to make the Festival happen, but it has simply not been possible.

"We will do all we can with regard to re-scheduling the British Championships later in the year at an alternative venues and will keep members updated as and when we have plans."