…But no trade stands allowed - plus Olympics news.

The British Dressage (BD) Winter Championships are back on.

The NAF Five Star Winter Championships and Petplan Equine Area Festival Championships were cancelled in April due to coronavirus. Now they’re set to run at Hartpury, Glos on 17 to 23 August, 2020. 

In a survey of qualified competitors, three-quarters told BD they want to compete at a rescheduled, Covid-secure show.

At Hartpury, two outside competition arenas will run consecutively side by side, except during freestyle [music] classes. There will be no spectators, gala evenings, sponsors or hospitality – and no trade stands. 

“As we’re working to limited numbers on site, if we had trade stands that would add about 30 more people to the total, so sadly not,” a spokesman for BD told ETN.

Stabling and limited catering will be available, and each competitor can have one helper per horse.

Equestrian Olympics dates confirmed

The competition schedule for what is now the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games has been revealed.

For equestrian sport, the competition dates have been moved forward by one day so as to mirror the 2020 daily schedule, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The eventing, dressage and show jumping will now run from Saturday 24 July to Saturday 7 August, 2021.There are minor modifications to start times. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic equestrian timetable for 2021 can be viewed here. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic equestrian timetable will be announced in the coming weeks.