Tomorrow’s Chatsworth Horse Trials has been cancelled because of wet weather.

The event ran four novice and two intermediate novice sections today, although the second element of fence 10, a triple brush arrowhead, was removed from the course during the day due to ground conditions.

There were several bouts of very heavy rain – and even hail – during the day, which contributed to the poor going and the decision to abandon tomorrow’s classes.

Competitors did their dressage today for the HSBC FEI World Cup qualifier, plus two CIC*** sections and one advanced section. Badminton winner Oliver Townend was leading the World Cup qualifier having scored 40.5 on Coup De Coeur.

The loss of the World Cup qualifier – the only one in Britain this year – will be a blow for those hoping to go to the final in Poland later in the year. And many competitors will be left short of a qualification for later events through this cancellation.