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Mark Phillips: It’ll be a new normal in every way *H&H Plus*

Opinion

H&H’s eventing columnist reveals how he is helping British Eventing to formulate a new normal, including asking questions such as whether the sport at BE80(T), BE90 and BE100 level can be made more affordable for riders, owners and organisers...

These are strange times and the future has never been more uncertain, so making firm plans more than a few days ahead is almost impossible.

At the time of writing there is no indication of when widespread sport can resume in the UK – the government document released last Monday said that as part of step two (at the earliest 1 June), sporting events could “take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”. But the same timescale surely does not apply to small-scale events.

Some larger equestrian fixtures, including Luhmühlen, have modelled running without spectators. But even with TV and sponsors, the finances don’t stack up for any event dependent on fans through the gate and tradestands.