RDS cancels 2020 Dublin Horse Show

The RDS has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Dublin Horse Show due to ongoing concerns regarding the continuing impact of the coronavirus.

The Dublin Horse Show was scheduled for the 15th – 19th July.

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.

The Show holds a unique place in the Dublin’s summer calendar and the RDS looks forward to 2021 when we will welcome back tens of thousands of visitors to the 147th Show.

In the past, the Show was cancelled in 1914-1918, and also in 1940 due to the Second World War.  It continued with national show jumping competitions only during the period 1941-1945.  Swamp fever cancelled the competition for the Aga Khan trophy in 1966, but the remainder of Show proceeded as normal.

The full statement can be read here:  https://www.rds.ie/…/RDS-announces-cancellation-of-the-2020…

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