The Board of the Australian International 3-Day Event (AU3DE) are today advising supporters and partners that the 2021 Event will be cancelled.
The difficult decision was made by the Board after considering all options and follows the impact COVID-19 lockdowns have had on other equestrian events across Australia.
Board Chair Greg Rolton said Covid lockdowns in other Australian states have led to equestrian events being cancelled and riders unable to qualify for the Adelaide event in November.
"Our primary focus is to deliver a safe and successful event at the world-class benchmark we have created. Unfortunately, with continued lockdowns across the country in 2021, this has impacted the ability for riders to compete and qualify for the Aus3DE," he said.
"We are disappointed this has led to the decision to cancel the 2021 Aus3DE, particularly after the success of our Olympic Silver Medal winning Equestrian Eventing Team at the Tokyo Olympics, but we have our sights set on the delivery of a fantastic event in 2022 post this pandemic."
"We thank the Marshall Government for being a strong supporter of this great event and we have ambitions for it to extend its reach and formalise itself as a premier business networking event on the national calendar - where trade, export and South Australian opportunities can be discussed against the most idyllic and exciting backdrop," he said.
We look forward to working with all parties to ensure that this internationally acclaimed event can become bigger and better in the beautiful Adelaide parklands from 2022.
The Australian International 3 Day Event is Australia’s premier equestrian event and is one of only seven ‘FEI 5*’ Three Day Events in the world.
Boasting the highest-level three-day event in the southern hemisphere, as well as an FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier, the Aus3DE attracts riders and horses from not only Australia but New Zealand as well.
With more than 56% of spectators heading to Adelaide for the Aus3DE coming from across Australia, and generating more than $5.2m in economic expenditure for South Australia, the Aus3DE is a significant event for the State.
Article courtesy of Equestrian Australia