BHS Cancels Windsor Cavalcade
16 May 2007

The British Horse Society has announced that plans for a Cavalcade in Windsor Great Park on 7 July have been cancelled following a safety review.

BHS Chief Executive Graham Cory said: ?In an event of this size, the safety of participants and spectators is the Society?s paramount concern, eclipsing considerations of spectacle and celebration.

"It has become clear to the BHS's Trustees, who have been monitoring the preparatory arrangements, that the precautions necessary to guarantee the safety of all those present in the Great Park on the day were either disproportionate, in terms of their high cost, for an event lasting only a few hours, or impossible to deliver with a high degree of confidence.?

The large number of applicant riders and horses of unproven ability meant it would have been necessary to recruit an unprecedentedly high ratio of experienced equestrian safety marshals to participants. This the Society is unable to be sure of doing at the height of the show season.

Mr Cory added: ?Although necessary, this decision is a disappointment to us, given the hard work put in by the Organising Committee, and given our desire to showcase British equestrianism in this, our Diamond Jubilee year. But better by far to err on the side of caution when adequate safety margins appear not to be achievable than to wait for a rider, horse or spectator to be hurt and then ponder on the actions which might have prevented the accident.

"Clearly we are sorry to disappoint the riders who had been looking forward to taking part. Naturally we will refund their registration fees in full, and I hope they will get involved in one of the other BHS Diamond Jubilee events that are taking place around Britain."

For further information, please contact: Graham Cory, Chief Executive, 01926 707700, or Oliver Wilson, Director of Communications, The British Horse Society, 07909 874918 or o.wilson@bhs.org.uk

 
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