British Eventing – Abandonment Status Update

Following the unusually wet start to the 2023 season we wanted to give an update for members on those events that have been affected to date and the status of issuing refunds.

With refunds now sitting directly with the organisers, and the number of calls that are currently being received into the office, we have updated the list below of abandoned events and their current refund status.

Oasby 80% refunded
Northallerton 75% refunded
Cirencester Park tbc pending (partial abandonment)
Thoresby 80% refunded
Goring Heath 100% (less admin) refunded
Portman 15% refunded
South Of England 90% refunded
Eland Lodge tbc pending
Bovington 30% refunded
Oxstalls tbc pending
Burnham Market tbc pending
Solihull tbc pending
Chilham Castle tbc pending
Richmond tbc pending
Moreton Morrell tbc pending

Please bear with the organisers as there is a lot of work to do to sort out the details of the insurance claim – like any insurance claim this involves the organisers and insurers agreeing on the full value of the claim. It is particularly difficult if the event was partially abandoned as this makes the assessment much more complicated.

Please see the rule book for BE’s refund policy. This sets out the minimum level of refund a member should expect. Events that have taken out their own insurance are able to pay out more than the minimum percentage required.

For members that competed in 2022, very few abandonments took place and members benefited from lower entry fees with the removal of the abandonment insurance premium (AIP), that had reached 15% of the entry fee. BE’s Abandonment Refund Policy Working Party are keeping this policy under review and will consult with key stakeholders in due course as we plan for 2024.

We would like to thank our organisers who have been working hard to ensure that refunds are processed as soon as possible. We would also like to thank our members for their patience and understanding and hope that the weather stabilises, and they will be out competing at BE events again soon.

A joint statement from British Eventing and the BEOA (British Event Organisers Association) can be found here.

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