Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show has announced that it will not be opening for public access during the event.
In the statement announcing the decision, the team said: “With the significant volumes of consistent rainfall we have experienced in the past 48hrs and with further significant rain forecast, we have had to take the difficult decision on the grounds of safety to close the event for public access.
“Whilst we are preserving the site to best effect for the sport to continue all week on the all weather surfaces, the ground is not safe enough to allow public vehicles on and off the event site.
“There are also significant issues on the surrounding roads with standing water limiting access.
"The sport schedule for 12 June remains unchanged, and competitors will be kept up to date with any changes to the schedule ahead of the coming days. The event can still be watched on the Livestream.
Bolesworth is also offering full refunds for tickets including – general admission, season passes, membership upgrades, camping and parking.
The team concluded, “Thank you for all your support to date, this isn’t a decision that we at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show have taken lightly and we ask for your patience during this busy period whilst we continue to make provision for the sport aspects of the event to continue running.”
The show must go on however, and double Olympic dressage champion Charlotte Dujardin was in winning form on day one.
Charlotte and her 10-year-old mare Mount St John Freestyle - a horse that could take her all the way to next year's Tokyo Olympics – delivered a brilliant display in the Theraplate UK Grand Prix, finishing on top by a considerable margin from fellow British rider Gareth Hughes, with Classic Briolinca.
Charlotte's score of 80.348% included a perfect 10 score for the extended trot from British judge Jo Graham, and it was another impressive day's work by a combination tipped in many quarters to reach the dressage summit.
And to complete a memorable day for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 gold medallist, she also took third spot aboard another rising star Erlentanz.
Less than 0.2 of a percentage mark separated the riders in second, third and fourth, with fifth place going to Richard Davison and Bubblingh and Emile Faurie taking sixth on Cafe's Caletta.
Reflecting on the grand prix, Charlotte said: "It was Mount St John Freestyle's first event since the World Equestrian Games last September, and at the beginning of the test I was rushing her a little bit.
"But I was absolutely thrilled with her. She tries so hard, and there were so many highlights. Her canter work felt very solid, and she feels so much stronger than last year.”
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