Hickstead Dressage Canceled Due to Lack of Financial Support This Year
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May 20, 2016
Dressage at Hickstead, that was to host the final event of the seven-event trans-Atlantic Nations Cup series, has been canceled for this year because of what founder Dane Rawlins said was “due to a lack of funding to make the fixture viable.”
The announcement of the cancelation of the CDIO3* Nations Cup/CDI2* that was scheduled for July 28-31 was made by British Dressage that had worked with Dane seeking to raise more money.
“I’ve explored every avenue possible to try and find financial support to allow us to run,” Dane said, “but time is now against us and we have reluctantly had to make the decision to cancel for 2016.
“This is devastating news to the team at Hickstead as this is our showcase event.”
He is working with British Dressage to stage a national show and the annual gala ball will definitely be held July 30.
“I want to stress that it’s only a year off and the intention is that the international will return in 2017,” Dane said. “Thanks to all our supporters for being there and we’re sorry not to put on our CDI this year, but Hickstead always has a way of bouncing back, better than ever!”
Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive at British Dressage, said: “This is obviously disappointing for all concerned, including the riders, owners and supporters of Dressage at Hickstead. We will be continuing our discussions to hopefully ensure that the International can return to the venue in 2017 and beyond – and BD remains committed to developing the sport, along with our organizers, to continue hosting high profile dressage events in the UK.”
Hickstead hosted the European Dressage Championships in 2003 and has been a strong supporter of Nations Cup competitions. The event is operated separately from the Hickstead jumping competition on adjoining venues.