s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands – March 02, 2021 – It is with great disappointment and sadness that the organizers of The Dutch Masters – Indoor Brabant Horse Show CSI 5* at ‘s-Hertogenbosch have announced that the 2021 edition of the event has been cancelled due to the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak in Valencia. This comes as a total shock for them since last year’s edition of the horse show was also cancelled due to another outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organizers released the following statement on their website:
“Last night the FEI announced that all international events are cancelled until the 28th of March. This decision has been made to prevent the spreading of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), which originated in Valencia over a week ago.
Marcel Hunze, director of The Dutch Masters: Over the past few months, the team has worked very hard to set up a safe edition with all the protocols. The intension to organise The Dutch Masters in an adjusted format, despite all the challenges with the Covid-19 virus, was received with much enthusiasm by the riders and the whole equestrian sector. Now that we are confronted by another virus, which means that the event had to be cancelled shortly before the start, is beyond comprehension. Unfortunately we can only look forward and work towards a next great edition.”
Source: News release by the Dutch Masters
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