The recent wet weather in Britain has wreaked havoc with the Eventing calendar in the run up to London 2012. Yesterday, the organisers at Chatsworth sadly announced the abandonment of their event, with the knock-on effect of riders looking to compete at other UK events before Olympic selection takes place.
Yesterday, Musketeer Event Management (MEM) re-opened entries for The Subaru Houghton International having closed the CIC*** almost a week ago. Alec Lochore, Event Director at MEM and London 2012 Eventing Manager, commented, “Last week we had entries from all over the globe, including Thailand, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Italy. All being well, we’ll be able to run at Houghton in two weeks’ time so feel that re-opening entries to the International classes is the right thing to do. As a result, we now have a huge international entry, which also includes British riders such as William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French, Nicola Wilson, Mary King, Emily Llewellyn, Francis Whittington and Tina Cook, who may well represent Great Britain at Greenwich in July.”
Alec Lochore continues, “We will plan to run Cross Country over three days (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 May), with the Nations Cup taking place on Saturday 26 May. A revised timetable will be confirmed on Monday 14 May 2012 and published on the event website.”
Dates for various nations’ Olympic Eventing Team announcements vary; at the time of writing, Team GBR will be announced on Thursday 24 May 2012, the first day of competition at The Subaru Houghton International, but the announcement date may change.
For information on the event, visit www.houghtoninternational.co.uk
For a preview on riders competing at the event, visit www.bdwp.co.uk/htn/memindex.html