The BSPS Council had a Conference Call this morning and had to make some very difficult decisions regarding our BSPS Events in view of the recent government advice.
The huge challenges faced by our industry are unprecedented, so the decision has been made to reduce any burden on our health and emergency services. We must take our responsibility in Society for the containment and control of the coronavirus as a matter of priority.
The government have recommended social distancing, non essential travel and public gatherings. In view of this we have a duty of care to all our riders, owners, judges, stewards, organisers and supporters especially those in the vulnerable category and we have made the decision to stop all shows for a four week period until April 18th.
These have been made in consultation with our venues Arena UK and Vale View Equestrian Centre as well as the Royal International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show.
The Working Sports Pony Show will be postponed until October 3rd and 4th at the Vale View Equestrian Centre and all qualifications will be for the 2021 season.
The Winter Championships will be postponed, and the Council are planning for the Finals of the Winter Series at the Summer Championships. In addition, the qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show Coloured Classes and the Pure-Bred Arabs will now take place at the BSPS Summer Championships. This may mean that the Summer Championships will be extended by an additional day to accommodate the changes.
The Midsummer Show will continue June 20th as planned at the current time.
Our Chairman Pat Pattinson said “We must look after our members and their safety and well being has to be our paramount consideration.” As a Society we have to work together to limit the spread of the virus – this must be a priority.”
We recognise that it is very difficult for members to plan for competition, but we will work hard to ensure that showing resumes at the right time.