Hamburg Derby, Munich Horse International Set for May Latest Shows Postponed in Coronavirus Pandemic

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April 8, 2020

Two more of Europe’s major outdoor competitions, the Hamburg Derby of dressage and jumping and Munich’s Horse International, both set for May 20-24, have been postponed, the German federation reported Wednesday in an update on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hamburg Derby has been planning a celebration of its 100th birthday this year. Both shows typically draw large numbers of international competitors.

At least 70 of the 187 international dressage competitions on the calendar for 2020 have been canceled so far, including the World Cup Final that was to be held next week in Las Vegas and the Olympics in Tokyo set to begin late July that were put off for a year.

Dressage Nations Cup competitions in Compiègne, France in mid-May; Aachen, Germany, the first week of June and Rotterdam, Netherlands two weeks later have also been canceled or postponed.

The last week of major horse shows was mid-March, and included the Nations Cup at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida the only competition in the trans-Atlantic series to be staged so far this year.

No dressage events remain on the calendar for April and a handful for May include some in Italy and Spain, both hard-hit by coronavirus.