DATE 2017 Hickstead International CDIO 3* 27- 30 JULY 2017
28 to 31 JUL 2016
Dressage at Hickstead Director and founder Dane Rawlins has today announced the disappointing decision to cancel this year’s CDIO3*/CDI2* (28 – 31 July) due to a lack of funding to make the fixture viable. Hickstead has been working with British Dressage to explore ways to secure additional sources of revenue for the show but, despite best endeavours by all, the fixture will not run at the West Sussex venue this year.
“I’ve explored every avenue possible to try and find financial support to allow us to run, but time is now against us and we have reluctantly had to make the decision to cancel for 2016,” explained Dane. “This is devastating news to the team at Hickstead as this is our showcase event.”
He continued; “Not all is lost though, we’re working with British Dressage to ensure we still run a show on that weekend and our legendary gala ball will definitely go ahead on Saturday 30 July. I want to stress that it’s only a year off and the intention is that the international will return in 2017. Thanks to all our supporters for being there and we’re sorry not to put on our CDI this year, but Hickstead always has a way of bouncing back, better than ever!”
Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive at British Dressage, added; “British Dressage was made aware of the situation around the commercial support required for the International and Nations Cup at Hickstead at the end of last month and have been working with Dane and the team to explore ways in which we could address the funding shortfall.
“This is obviously disappointing for all concerned, including the riders, owners and supporters of Dressage at Hickstead. We will be continuing our discussions to hopefully ensure that the International can return to the venue in 2017 and beyond – and BD remains committed to developing the sport, along with our organisers, to continue hosting high profile dressage events in the UK.”
All of the other fixtures in Hickstead’s packed programme will go ahead as planned as they are unaffected by the decision and Dane and his team look forward to seeing everyone over the summer for plenty of dressage competition at Hickstead.
Details of the Hickstead Gala Ball, supporting Chestnut Tree House and Dreamflight, including how to book tickets, can be found on the website.
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Dressage at Hickstead has confirmed that it will be again hosting an FEI endorsed CDIO 3*NATIONS CUP on 28 to 31 July 2016 running alongside The Royal International . The FEI has devised a new format for this competition and in 2015 the Nations Cup Team Event was decided from the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle. All Team members will contest the Grand Prix and then 2 members will contest the Grand Prix Special and the remaining two the Grand Prix Freestyle. “This we believe will enhance the competition as well as opening up the Grand Prix class to other riders,” said show organizer Dane Rawlins.
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The 2016 CDIO will also host International FEI Junior , Young Rider and Pony classes, as well as Prix St George and Intermediare 1 classes. Dane Rawlins added. “We owe so much to Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer for their support in 2013 and 2014, their support for dressage in the UK is remarkable, this competition provides an exciting and innovative platform to showcase dressage.”
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