We are delighted to be kicking off the return of the British eventing season next month. Barbury Horse Trials will run on Saturday and Sunday, 11th-12th July, albeit in a much lower key way than originally planned. In compliance with government guidelines the event will not be open to the general public and, with the exception of one mobile tack shop to cater for riders who may have left a crucial item at home, no trade stands.
The International eventing classes will not run, nor will the Additional Classes that have proved so popular at Barbury over the years. National novice and intermediate classes will take place. All being well it will be business as usual next year with a bigger and better than ever Barbury International.
Event Director, Alec Lochore, says: “I believe we can successfully run a socially responsible, socially distanced event. We must do it responsibly and we must do it well. The challenge is going to be recognising the differences we face at an event, and adhering to the new normal – there will be strict guidelines for all on site.
“We want to run good events; we want the horses to have a good experience and get the education and qualifications they need – and we want the riders to enjoy the day. But it’s not going to be normal.”
Also running on the opening weekend are Tweseldown and Aske, and Musketeer Event Management wishes the organisers of those fixtures a successful event.
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