The second annual Osborne Horse Trials has been cancelled, it has been confirmed.

The Bede Events trials were due to take place on 23 and 24 July, in the grounds of English Heritage’s Osborne.
British Eventing Chief Executive Jude Mathews commented:

“It is extremely disappointing for the entire team involved to have to make the decision to cancel. The event at Osborne House last year provided a unique opportunity for eventing enthusiasts on the Isle of Wight. Huge amounts of work go into planning and organising an event, and organisers do not make the decision to cancel lightly”.

Stuart Buntine, Director of the event, said:

“We are absolutely devastated to have to take this decision. We have been working hard to ensure that this year’s event built on the success of last year’s. The Isle of Wight community had really 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.”

Diana Bown, Island resident and Chairman of Osborne Horse Trials added:

” The loss of such a wonderful sporting event for the Island is hugely disappointing, we will work hard to encourage riders back to Osborne Horse Trials in 2020.”

A spokesperson for English Heritage’s Osborne said:

“We can confirm that this year’s Osborne Horse Trials has been cancelled by organiser Bede Events due to lack of entries from competitors. We are sorry to disappoint visitors who were planning to come to Osborne for the event, it was exciting for the island to have top level equestrian sport here. Ticket holders should contact Bede Events to arrange for a full refund.”

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.