The future of the second annual Osborne horse trials is in doubt tonight (Sunday), after a post on social media sharing what appears to be cancellation announcement.

A statement that was apparently not due to have been published until tomorrow lunchtime sees organisers blaming a “lack of entries” for a decision to cancel the sporting event.

Osborne House
The Bede Events Horse Trials are due to take place on 23 and 24 July, in the grounds of English Heritage’s Osborne.
In 2018, the inaugural event was sponsored by London Capital and Finance. However London Capital and Finance collapsed in March, with the loss of millions of pounds in investment. A number of people have been arrested.
Horse Trials director Stuart Buntine is quoted in a statement included in tonight’s leaked post:

“We are absolutely devastated to have to take this decision. Together with English Heritage, we have been working hard to ensure that this year’s event was as exciting as ever.  The island community has embraced the event and we are very sad that we are not able to bring the sport back to Osborne this year.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to continue if we do not have a field of competitors.”

No announcement has been published on the event’s website or through its social media. Isle of Wight Radio has asked for confirmation from Bede Events and from English Heritage. On Thursday, Bede Events tweeted a link to buy tickets:

However, the link asks for an access code and does not allow a purchase: