BADMINTON 2021 IS ON – BUT WITHOUT SPECTATORS AND SHOPPING

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Laura Collett (GBR) riding Mr Bass

Organisers have online plans to support regular trade exhibitors. 

Badminton Horse Trials is to run ‘behind closed doors’ next year (5 – 9 May, 2021).

Organisers say that while there is “the potential to include a limited number of spectators” should Covid-19 restrictions allow, there “won’t be any trade stands”.

Instead, an online Badminton shopping village is planned in the run up to Christmas.

“And if possible,” added a spokesman, “we will look at options leading up to the event to work with our loyal trade stands to help them boost trade. 

ETN asked about provision of tack spares and other essentials to Badminton competitors in the main event and grass roots competition held on the Wednesday.

“I’m sure we will offer a limited service to the competitors and that will be decided much nearer the time,” said the spokesman.

Under review 

Preparations for Badminton will remain “under constant review” say organisers. Eventing fans can look forward to live stream coverage.

Added event director Jane Tuckwell: “We realise that this is not the scenario everyone would wish for, but feel by announcing our intentions now it will give all involved in whatever capacity the opportunity to plan accordingly.”  

Badminton 2021 timetable

Wednesday, May 5th: Science Supplements Cup (grass roots)

Thursday, May 6th: CCI5* Dressage

Friday, May 7th: CCI5* Dressage

Saturday, May 8th: CCI5* Cross-Country

Sunday, May 9th: CCI5* Show Jumping Finale and Prizegiving

In other show news

British Showjumping has postponed the Dodson & Horrell Amateur & Veteran Championships that were due to run on 9 – 14 November at the Aintree Equestrian Centre.

BETA International organisers have confirmed new dates for 2021. The show will be at its new Stoneleigh venue on 9 – 11 September.