Gothenburg Horse Show and COVID-19

We are pleased to be able to continue with our plans for the 45th edition of the Gothenburg Horse Show and double World Cup finals at Scandinavium, to be held 31 March – 4 April 2021 – even though we know that things are going to be different!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected equestrian sports on a global scale. The most important thing for us is that, by working in accordance with the authorities’ recommendations, we will be able to hold GHS 2021 ensuring the safety of participants, functionaries and other stakeholders as we operate in a new and changeable world where we can combat the spreading of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Instead of serving as a meeting place, Gothenburg Horse Show 2021 will be devoted purely to competition. No audience will be permitted to attend, and access to the contest arena will be restricted to only those who are connected to the sporting performance.

Our organisation of the event is mainly based upon:

  • National directives for sports events (SvRF, RF)
  • Sweden’s so-called pandemic legislation, which regulates the number of people per m2
  • Regulations for the serving of food (max. 4 people/table)
  • The advice and recommendations of Sweden’s Public Health Agency
  • FEI’s COVID-19 policy (Return to Play)
  • WHO’s risk analysis

In consideration to the above, the event has been designed with an innovative approach on the basis of the regulations that apply in Sweden and for the sport in both a national and international perspective.

The competition will be held across three weekends

  • World Cup finals in Scandinavium 31 March – 4 April
  • National finals at Billdals RK 26 March – 28 March, and at Strömsholms RF 6 January – 7 January

For us, the basic principle is to ensure the existence of safety measures and control measures in order to: 

  • Ensure the opportunity for social distancing
  • Protect against the transmission of or infection with COVID-19 

All participants and visitors also have their own responsibility to:

  • Maintain a safe distance (min. 2 metres)
  • Wash hands well and often
  • Stay at home in the event of any symptoms 
  • Use a face mask 
  • Comply with all instructions issued by organisers/functionaries

General measures:

  • The competition arena is divided into zones (1 person per 10m2). Signs will state the maximum number of people permitted in each zone.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test (48 hrs) must be presented in order to be issued with accreditation. Quick tests will be available at the competition arena. 
  • Face masks must always be worn in the competition area, with the exception of riders on horseback or when consuming meals. Visors must be worn in areas where social distancing cannot be ensured. 
  • People-flows will be redirected in order to avoid meeting others. Respect all instructions, directions and markings in the arena.
  • Hand-sanitising stations will be placed around the area, in accordance with the sketched plan. Use these as often as you can.
  • The premises will be cleaned more frequently, and the disinfection of shared materials will be conducted on site.
  • The number of people admitted to the competition arena will be kept to a minimum. All people will be urged to leave the area once they have completed their competitive entry or work shift.
  • COVID-19 wardens will be present in the area to help people to behave correctly and safely.
  • Changes to processes will be performed digitally to minimise both contact surfaces and the printing of paper.
  • We engage in continual dialogue with the FEI, and local and national public authorities.

The entire event will be broadcast digitally. Information about timetables and pay-per-view access will be published shortly.

If you have any questions, please read our FAQs or contact us here.

If you have to travel internationally to Sweden, you will find all the necessary information here.

The text is subject to updates.