Hartpury has been allocated the 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.
The venue – the largest equine educational institution in the world – had been due to host the 2020 championships until they were cancelled in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The FEI Board reached their latest decision during a three-day video conference meeting, where the allocation of other FEI Championships and key events for 2021 and 2022 was also discussed. The exact date for the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors in 2022 is yet to be confirmed.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos said: “The cancellation of the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors was, of course, a major disappointment.
“Given the impact of Covid-19, and the health and safety of our athletes as top priority, the championships could not go ahead in Hartpury this year and will now take place in Hungary, thanks to the Hungarian National Federation and the organisers at Pilisjászfalu for offering to host the additional dressage categories at short notice.
“We are delighted that the organisers at Hartpury have the opportunity to host these prestigious Youth Championships in 2022 and look forward to working with them to make this event a great success.”
British Dressage Chief Executive Jason Brautigam said: “After the huge disappointment that we all felt when Hartpury had to cancel the FEI Junior and Young Rider European Championships that were due to take place in July, we were absolutely thrilled to hear that Hartpury had been successful in their bid to host the event in 2022 instead.
“This at least provides some consolation after all of the hard work, effort and investment that went into planning this year’s championships and provides our talented under 21 riders with another valuable target to aim for in two years’ time.
“We are immensely grateful for the support we have received from all of the team at Hartpury during the Covid-19 crisis and look forward to national and international competition returning to the venue in the near future.”
British Eventing Chief Executive Jude Matthews added: “British Eventing is delighted that Hartpury have been awarded the 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors, particularly following the disappointment from having to cancel this year.
“The team at Hartpury have worked extremely hard on their plans for this year’s competition, and we look forward to working with them to deliver an outstanding competition opportunity for the youth riders in 2022.”
Hartpury previously hosted the 1997 European Pony Championships and annually organises the NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage, NAF Five Star Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular and NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials.
Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “We are thrilled to have been allocated the 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors.
“The decision to cancel the 2020 championships was not taken lightly and we were extremely disappointed not to be able to welcome riders and their support teams to Hartpury this summer.
“We’re very grateful to the FEI for allowing us to host the event in two years' time, and we’re extremely excited about providing the perfect environment in which the best young riders in Europe can perform to the best of their abilities.
“We must also thank the BEF, British Dressage and British Eventing for their continued support.
“Our team is extremely experienced when it comes to staging world-class equestrian events and planning has started in earnest. Rest assured that we’ll be pulling out all the stops to put on a truly outstanding championships in 2022.”
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Picture: Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo en route to winning the 2019 NAF International Hartpury Horse Trials (credit: Sally Newcomb)