The Yorkshire International Showjumping Event has been cancelled due to a lack of sponsorship and poor ticket sales.

The show, which was due to take place on 22-24 April at Sheffield Arena.

Organisers said the decision to cancel had been taken as a “result of insufficient levels of sponsorship in an increasingly difficult economic climate, together with a general lack of support by potential visitors in terms of advance ticket sales”.

“This is an incredibly sad day but the costs of running a three-star international jumping event at a major indoor venue are significant,” said a spokesman.

“We could not possibly contemplate bearing the substantial financial losses we were facing. There is no way we could consider running an event and not being in a position to pay those involved.”

The spokesman added that they “intend to pursue other options” to run an international jumping show at a venue in Yorkshire at sometime in the “not too distant future”.

A “viable” alternative is due to be announced within the next six weeks.

All sponsors, tradestands, hospitality guests, and others who have made arrangements with the organisers to attend the event already, will be contacted directly this week.

Ticket holders are advised to contact the box office on 0114 2565656.

For more information visit: www.yorkshireinternational.co.uk

Read next week’s H&H — 17 March — for how this issue will affect riders and showjumping fans.