The Australian International three-day event has been cancelled due to the continuing outbreak of equine flu (EI) in the country.
The Adelaide event which is the only four-star event in the southern hemisphere had been scheduled for 911 November this year. It will next take place 1416 November 2008 at Adelaide Parklands.
The Equestrian Federation of Australia (EFA) the sports ruling body said the decision had been extremely difficult but necessary” because the horses of many of the events leading contenders had become infected with the virus.
The EFAs CEO Franz Venhaus said: The inability to predict an end to the outbreak has affected the planning of both the competition programme and Olympic training before the 2008 Olympic Games.
The events director Gillian Rolton, said the decision to cancel this years events was disappointing but understandable.
Were all working towards putting the best team forward to represent Australia in the 2008 Olympic Games, she said.