BROCKENHURST Park Horse Trials (15 August) in Hampshire was axed for the second year running — and may not return.

The New Forest event was blighted by tragedy the last time it ran in August 2006 with the death of 28-year-old Irish eventer Sherelle Duke.

Last year, torrential rain caused the event to be cancelled. This year, a change of farming policy has led to sheep-grazing and hay-growing taking over the area.

British Eventing southern regional director Robert Mackenzie said the event had not been cancelled because of Ms Duke’s death.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (28 August, ’08)