Deer, sheep and cattle will be removed from Badminton’s parkland in the run up to next year’s three-day event

Deer, sheep and cattle are to be relocated away from Badminton Park from March 2002 to minimise the risk of the three-day event having to cancel again due to FMD.

This year, insurance against cancellation enabled Badminton to make its usual six-figure contribution to British Eventing funds, but FMD cover for 2002 is unlikely to be available.

The part of the estate that is used for the horse trials is usually grazed by 500 deer, 1,000 sheep and two herds of cattle. All of these will have to be moved.

Host the Duke of Beaufort is determined that the 2002trials will take place. Director Hugh Thomas had almost completed an innovative cross-country course, starting and finishing in the main arena, for 2001. Next spring, this will give team selectors pointers to the World Equestrian Games in Jerez.

Long-standing sponsor Mitsubishi Motors has extended its current contract to 2004 in the wake of this year’s cancellation.

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