Gothenburg Horse Show 2021
The FEI extends the suspension of international competitions in Europe.
Due to the ongoing outbreak of the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1), the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), has today extended the shutdown of international competitions in mainland Europe until 11 April 2021.
This means that the FEI World Cup™ Finals and Gothenburg Horse Show scheduled to be held from 31 March - 4 April, will not be able to take place.
"The extension of the lockdown is difficult for everyone, and the loss of the FEI World Cup Finals for a second year is particularly devastating, especially for the qualified athletes and for our loyal Top Partner Longines,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “We know how much work Tomas Torgersen and his incredible team in Gothenburg have put into organising the 2021 Finals, which would have been part of the 400th birthday anniversary celebrations for the city, so this is a desperately bitter blow".
- It is of course an incredibly sad, but the welfare of the horses must always be put first. In recent weeks, we have been in constant contact with the FEI, SvRF and responsible veterinarians to follow the developments, and after the decision came on Friday afternoon, everything has gone very fast”, says Tomas Torgersen, competition leader for Gothenburg Horse Show. “We would like to thank all sponsors, partners and officials for their support in planning the FEI World Cup Finals and the Gothenburg Horse Show 2021.”
The decision was taken unanimously by the FEI Executive board during an emergency meeting on Friday. It is based on a detailed medical risk analysis led by world-leading epidemiologist Dr Richard Newton together with the FEI's veterinary experts.
For more information: read the FEI's press release here.