Lanaken, Belgium – July 30, 2020 – Judy Ann Melchior (BEL), the organizer of the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses released a statement today announcing that the 2020 edition of the event has been cancelled due to the recent surge in the number of cases and decisions made by authorities in Belgium.
She states the following in her announcement:
“The FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses , which was due to take place from 16 – 20 September, was destined to be reshaped in 2020 due to the restrictions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. Until the last minute, the organisation tried to redraw the plans and create an event that would be as safe as possible for everyone; for riders, breeders, visitors and employees as well as for the horses.
The decisions taken during the Belgian Security Council of July 27, however, oblige us to cancel this year’s edition of our beloved event definitively. Although it is with regret in our heart, but of course the organisation respects the measures taken by the government in function of general public health.
Zangersheide sincerely wishes to thank all of its partners who have worked with us until the last minute to facilitate the organisation of this event, as well as the sponsors who still wanted to support us despite the difficult situation.
“The cancellation of the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium is very disappointing for everyone involved, and we understand that this has not been an easy decision to make, but with the uncertainty arising from the impact of Covid-19, we must continue to place utmost priority on ensuring the health and safety of our athletes, officials and all those involved during this challenging time”, FEI Jumping Committee Chair Stephan Ellenbruch said.
“We will continue to support Lanaken as the host of these great championships in the years to come and thank the organising committee for the work done up to now and for their courage in making this very difficult decision in this unprecedented situation.”
The FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses is one of the most beautiful equestrian events of the year for us. We will make the most of the available time to make the 2021 edition even more beautiful!
Stay safe, take care of each other!
See you soon,
Judy Ann Melchior
Source: Zangersheide / Judy Ann Melchior
Photo: © Zangersheide