It has been a frustrating few months for many with all sport being cancelled or postponed in these unprecedented times. We have all been doing our bit to not add unnecessary strain on the NHS and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, everyone is really beginning to miss competitions and in the last couple of weeks the governing bodies have began to issue updates on competitive sport resumption.
Based on the government’s recovery strategy and plan to recommence competitive sport, the three main governing bodies – British Eventing, British Dressage and British Showjumping have each announced their plans for competition recommencement. British Showjumping has already begun a phased return of competition in England. In Scotland and Wales, sporting activity is limited to training at present but there are indications that competition will resume in the next few weeks following England. If you are a British Dressage rider then competitions will be resuming from the 1st July and this coincides with the start of their winter qualification period.
For the thrill seekers out there, and a favourite amongst our team, British Eventing has been given the green light, in accordance with the government’s ‘road to recovery plan’, to resume competitions from the 4th July. Competition will resume at Barbury Castle and Tweseldown on the 11th and 12th July but behind closed doors. We hope that everyone is excited to get back out to competitions, but be sure to follow the correct guidelines on the ‘new normal’ for competitions and stay safe. For more information on updates from the other governing bodies, including The Pony Club and The British Horse Society/British Riding Clubs then check out the latest news from British Equestrian here - https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/covid-19-update-19-06-2020.