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'The decision reached was that the cancellation of this year's Show was in the best interests of public health and safety' (stock photo)

'The decision reached was that the cancellation of this year's Show was in the best interests of public health and safety' (stock photo)

'The decision reached was that the cancellation of this year's Show was in the best interests of public health and safety' (stock photo)

The organisers of the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Dublin Horse Show - scheduled for July 15-19 - have pulled the plug on this year's event.

Since the emergence of Covid-19, the Royal Dublin Society has constantly monitored the situation and followed guidance from the Irish government and the Health Service Executive.

The decision reached was that the 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.

All tickets purchased by phone or online will be automatically refunded by Ticketmaster. Ticket holders are asked to allow seven to 10 working days for the funds to appear in their account.

Chief executive of the RDS, Michael Duffy, said: "The RDS did not come to this decision lightly and only after detailed considerations of all the factors involved.

"However, we believe it is the most responsible decision we can make in the best interests of public health and safety.

"We understand that this will disappoint many members of the public and that it will have implications for many horse breeders and producers around the country, however we trust that everyone will understand and support a decision made in the national interest.

"The Horse Show is a very important part of the sport horse industry and we understand the effects this decision will have.

"But certainty is also crucial for breeders and producers, as well as our partners and sponsors who support the Show every year. Trade exhibitors are also an important part of the Horse Show's appeal each year and they too will appreciate the clarity.

"We are in discussion with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in relation to dates for the 2021 Horse Show and will announce these when confirmed."

Belfast Telegraph