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2021 Festival of British Eventing cancelled

2019 Winners of the CCI4*-S at Festival of British Eventing, Jonelle Price and Classic Moet

 

 

For the second year in a row, one of the highlights of the British eventing calendar, the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, has been cancelled

This year’s event, which was scheduled for 6th – 8th August 2021 is a much-loved annual showcase for the sport, from Olympic riders to ‘Corinthian’ amateurs, but the event organisers say that “As with many other major public events this summer, the financial risk of committing to an occasion of such magnitude and infrastructure during a pandemic is too great.”

“We had desperately hoped that we would be able to pull off the 2021 Festival because we know how much everyone was looking forward to it,” said Director Peter Phillips, whose parents, HRH The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips started eventing in Gatcombe Park in 1983.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but the situation with the pandemic is still too volatile. In these restricted circumstances, the event simply isn’t viable, and nor could we guarantee that it would be good value for the competitors, spectators, trade stands and loyal sponsors who normally make The Festival such a great occasion”

The event was also scheduled to hosting the Pony Club Championship for the first time at Gatcombe Park in 2021