Badminton 2021 plans

THE 2021 Badminton Horse Trials will be run behind closed doors, organisers confirmed this week. If guidelines allow come spring time, they will potentially include a limited number of spectators. The five-star event was cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Event Director Jane Tuckwell said: “We realise that this is not the scenario everyone would wish for but feel by announcing our intentions now, it will give all involved in whatever capacity the opportunity to plan accordingly. To deliver the behind closed doors event will not be without its challenges.

Northern Ireland regulations

IN Northern Ireland, DAERA say outdoor equestrian training, competitions, horse racing, outdoor activities at equestrian centres or riding schools can continue where elite athletes and someone who derives a living from competing in a sport are the participants.

Non-elite, non-contact outdoor sporting events can also continue provided no more than 15 persons.

Indoor equestrian activities/competitions at riding schools, equestrian centres or elsewhere can take place where all the participants are elite/professional athletes.