Organisers have cancelled this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, which were due to start on Thursday.
Event director Hugh Thomas said recent exceptional rainfall had left the ground at Badminton “totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out. ”
Purchasers of advance tickets, exhibitors, sponsors and riders will be refunded as soon as possible.
The Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships (May 2-3) has also been cancelled.
It is not the first time that Badminton has been cancelled because of poor weather. It was previously cancelled in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2001. The 1963 running of the event was reduced to a one-day contest due to the underfoot conditions. In 2001, it was cancelled because of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Britain.
The event was won last year by New Zealand’s Mark Todd and Land Vision.
Several events throughout Britain were also cancelled last week because of the poor weather.