Sunday, 18 November 2018

Show cancelled due to small number of entries

A NOVICE horse and dog show due to be held in Ewelme on Sunday was cancelled just days beforehand due

A NOVICE horse and dog show due to be held in Ewelme on Sunday was cancelled just days beforehand due to a lack of entries.

The event, which has been an annual village fixture for more than 30 years, has only previously been cancelled twice in its history, both times during the foot and mouth crisis.

Event secretary and chairman Sandra Ayling said: “We have been going for such a long time so it was a real disappointment. It is a very nice event and good for young children to start their career in horse riding.”

The event committee decided to cancel the event on Thursday last week after only 16 entries were received. Usually the number is over 100.

Mrs Ayling said: “We decided that it would not be financially viable to continue with the event. I think people don’t realise that we are not like a traditional yard and don’t have all the facilities — we have to hire the jumps and pay for the insurance and all the other costs.”

She believes that entries were down because the Pony Club was holding an event on the same day.

The show is scheduled to go ahead as normal next year.

lA report and pictures from Ewelme’s Party on the Pitch will appear in next week’s Henley Standard.

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