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2020 Dublin Horse Show cancelled

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Royal Dublin Society has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Dublin Horse Show. Scheduled for the 15-19 July, the traditional event was as usual also host to one of the legs in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Europe Division 1. 

A statement from the Royal Dublin Society reads:

"It is with great regret that the Royal Dublin Society has decided that the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Dublin Horse Show scheduled for the 15-19 July will be cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the continuing impact of the coronavirus. Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, the Society has constantly monitored the situation and followed guidance from the Irish Government and the Health Service Executive.

The health and safety of all of those who come together for the Horse Show has been a priority for the RDS in making this decision. This includes visitors from Ireland and from around the world, competitors, volunteers, trade exhibitors, RDS Members, staff, partners, contractors and suppliers. The RDS responsibility to contribute to the national effort in controlling the virus in Ireland was an important factor in this decision.

The scale of the Show necessitates preparations beginning months in advance, with horses in training around Ireland for the many national competitions held as part of the Show. Qualifiers scheduled to begin this month are unable to proceed this year in the current circumstances. In addition, the RDS begins its on-site preparations many months in advance of the five-day Show which attracts over 100,000 visitors.

The decision by the RDS to cancel the 2020 Horse Show followed detailed deliberation of all these factors. The importance of the Show to the sport horse industry was also part of the considerations. The decision reached was that cancellation of this year’s Show was in the best interests of public health and safety and that providing certainty at this early stage would be beneficial to everyone involved, from the visiting public, to the sport horse industry, to key partners of the Show."

Read the full statement via this link.

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