The BHS has cancelled its plans to hold a cavalcade in Windsor Great Park this summer over safety fears.

The cavalcade was to take place on Saturday 7 July in celebration of the British Horse Society’s (BHS) 60th birthday. Read original announcement >>.

“In an event of this size, the safety of participants and spectators is the BHS’s paramount concern, eclipsing considerations of spectacle and celebration,” said BHS chief executive Graham Cory.

He told H&H the BHS is “extremely disappointed” to have to cancel, but that there are regional celebrations taking place around the UK, including shows and special rides.

“Clearly we are sorry to disappoint the riders who had been looking forward to taking part, and naturally we will refund their registration fees in full,” said Mr Cory. “But better by far to err on the side of caution.”

The BHS announced details of the cavalcade plans in H&H in March. A whopping 1,000 riders from all disciplines were invited to take part in the cavalcade. The plan was that participants would ride around the park before congregating for a procession up the Long Walk at 2pm.

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