Application process open for replacement 2020 fixtures
Following the recent announcement by the National Trust that the International Horse Trials will no longer be taking place at Belton House, the British Eventing Fixtures Team have been preparing the process for replacing this important fixture for 2020 and beyond.
The application process first saw all organisers being sent an email asking them to express interest in applying for the available fixture, followed up with application packs sent this week to those who applied. The application window will be 14 days, after which selected venues will be assessed and a short list chosen to present to a deciding panel. The aim is to have the process completed by late June/early July.
British Eventing Interim CEO, Jude Matthews, commented; “From a membership perspective it is essential that British Eventing replaces this fixture – the early season CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S classes are a hugely important stepping stone for so many horses and riders, especially the CCI4*-S as a preparatory run prior to Badminton.
“In addition to the International fixture, application packs have also been sent to a interested parties to find the most appropriate replacement for the national fixture held at Gatcombe in March. Very sadly, Pattie Biden and her team ran the last ever spring fixture at Gatcombe earlier this year. They have done a brilliant job for many years, and we are hugely grateful for the work they have put into the event. This other important fixture for the members will also be replaced for 2020.”
Chris Farr, Acting Sport Manager (Fixtures), added; “The early season events are so incredibly important for our members. As would be expected, there will be a strong emphasis on a venue that can cope as well as possible with the early season weather, however there are many factors that need to be considered before a venue can be allocated a fixture. Suitable ground and facilities to run at this time of year are essential, as well as location, restrictions on the venue’s availability, terrain etc. The application process is an important step in ensuring we find suitable venues to run at this time of year. This is a high priority for the BE Fixtures Team.”