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Spalding and District Riding Club has been forced to cancel its shows due to coronavirus




A riding club which was due to celebrate its 45th anniversary this year has been forced to cancel all of its summer shows.

Spalding and District Riding Club’s committee has made the sad decision to cancel this season due to the requirements of government coronavirus guidelines.

This is the first time that the club has been forced to cancel an entire season of shows since it was founded in 1975.

Spalding and District Riding Club gymkhana class (39049316)
Spalding and District Riding Club gymkhana class (39049316)

Club secretary Nicola Arnold said: “It is very sad but everything has become so difficult it didn’t seem possible that we could go ahead.

“We have talked and came up with lots of ideas but it just wasn’t possible.

“Keeping everyone safe is our top priority.”

A mountain and moorland class at a Spalding and District Riding Club show (39049271)
A mountain and moorland class at a Spalding and District Riding Club show (39049271)

Usually the club runs dressage, show jumping and showing classes during its events in Whaplode which attract a large number of people.

Meeting social distancing requirements and having enough manpower are among the reasons why the committee felt it was unable to continue with this season.

Mrs Arnold said: “We would need someone taking names and addresses for the Track and Trace system.

“We would also have to have someone policing social distancing.

“If we were taking entries on the field then there would have to be a perspex screen and so many other things to put in place.

“There is also only one entrance to the main field so there would far too many people.”

Spalding and District Riding Club’s shows have become a popular fixture in the local equestrian competition calendar since it was formed by local farmers in 1975.

Mrs Arnold said: “We had hoped to put on new classes and were thinking of trying something new like arena eventing, which is a mixture of show jumping and cross country fences. It is a real shame. We hope to put plans together for next year.”



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