Blue Chip Championships 2020 Re-Scheduled
After the disappointment of having to cancel the Blue Chip Winter Championships last April due to the Covid-19 lockdown which was obviously beyond our control, we have been exploring all of the available options for safely re-scheduling the championships.
We are cautiously excited to now be able to announce that following discussions with British Showjumping and Hartpury Arena, and with the support of our very valued sponsors, our aim is to re-schedule the Blue Chip Winter Championships 2020 at Hartpury Arena between 28 December 2020 and 2 January 2021.
Obviously due to the current restrictions a re-scheduled Championship show would not be able to be run in the same format as usual, it would be behind closed doors, no gala night and with a reduced timetable in one arena only. We would aim to offer a suitable conclusion for all of the qualifications gained for the 2020 championships.
Although very different, you can be assured that the team at Show Direct would be doing everything possible to ensure that the “Blue Chip magic” remained and that it still had the “Championship feel” that we all love!. The pony finals would take place at the start of the show so that they would be completed before the end of the calendar year.
Whilst we are doing everything in our power to make this happen, we also need to be realistic that the current ever-changing situation may conspire against us again, and we will only be able to proceed if it is possible to do so safely and within the guidelines. As always, safety for our competitors and officials will be of paramount importance.
If we are not able to host the championships over the New Year, then regrettably the 2020 finals will have to be abandoned. As it would create a very unequal final, it will not be possible for qualification for 2020 to roll over to the Championships in 2021.
However, we will remain positive that the Covid-19 situation will allow us to proceed safely, and we will keep you updated with further information as it is available.