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Costa del Sol Tour 2018 cancelled

Thursday, 04 January 2018

The Costa del Sol Equestrian Tour in Mijas, Spain, will not take place in 2018. The events in spring and autumn, which offered ranking competitions and youngster tours each week across a period of one to two months, have not been authorized by the town of Mijas. Behind the decision by the municipality not to approve the events lie various differing views regarding the use of the site.

In a press release, the event organizers write that a contract for over 20 years was agreed on with the town – stating the site should be used for equestrian sport. "This contract is still a long way off expiry, and it was the basis for millions of euros’ worth of investment by owners Manuel Blazquez – father and son. Multiple discussions have already been held with the town and the mayor but they have proved fruitless. Now the Spanish judiciary must make a decision on the issue. If no agreement can be reached regarding the future use of the site, costs in their millions may be incurred by the municipality to offset the costs and investments from the 20 year contract. In addition, the international reputation of the town of Mijas as a partner for commercial and private sector initiatives is being put in jeopardy by the dispute," reads the press release. 

Alexandro Barreras, Manager of the Costa del Sol Equestrian Tour says: “We are really disappointed. Legal proceedings will doubtless take many years.”

Source: Press release Costa del Sol Tour

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