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Posted on 5th March 2021

Rockingham Castle Horse Trials cancelled

Fairfax & Favor Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials 2021 – Cancellation Statement

Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials is deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Horse Trials, which were due to run from 21-23 May.

The Government Road Map for the summer has provided much cause for optimism, however, the timetable that has been laid out is still very fragile and subject to change. Therefore, it is simply not possible to deliver the event safely and in a way the team would want within these parameters.

“We are so deeply disappointed to have had to make this difficult decision for a second year,” says event organiser, Lizzie Saunders Watson. “The Horse Trials are part of the lifeblood of the Rockingham Estate and our whole team has felt the loss of this much-loved event.

“We would like to extend our warmest thanks to our volunteers, supporters and sponsors, including our title sponsor, Fairfax & Favor, who have been unwavering in their support during these challenging times.”

Lizzie and her team are now looking forward to the Horse Trials returning better than ever in 2022 – a landmark year for Rockingham Castle as it celebrates its 950th anniversary.

“Horses have played a huge part in our family life, so we can fully appreciate the disappointment felt across the equestrian community at the loss of our event and many others like it over the last year,” Lizzie continues.

“Whether you are a child taking part in Pony Club activities, a rider dedicated to achieving their goals or an enthusiast bringing a picnic to share with friends, it has been so difficult not to be able to enjoy the things that we love most about our wonderful sport.

“It is so important to safeguard the future of these events and we cannot wait to be able to welcome everyone back to the Great Park next year. We are extremely excited to be celebrating 950 years of the Castle’s rich and captivating history in 2022 and we look forward to the Horse Trials being right at the heart of these celebrations.”