The organisers of the Harbro Scottish Home Pony have announced the cancellation of the event for 2020, in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which is hosted at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre based at SRUC’s Oatridge campus, attracts hundreds of competitors with their ponies.

It is one of Scotland’s largest equestrian events providing opportunities for show jumpers from across the British Isles to qualify for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.

This year’s event was due to take place from 16-19 July.

In a statement released today (6 April), Show Director Craig Blackie said: “It is with regret that we have made the decision today to cancel the 2020 running of the Harbro Scottish Home Pony. This decision has been one of the most difficult ones we have had to make regarding the show since we re-launched in 2017.

“From all of the team behind the show, thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you back to Scotland’s National Equestrian Centre at SRUC Oatridge Campus in 2021.

“In the meantime, stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Last year saw 490 ponies and 290 under-16 riders attending, with around 325 ponies stabled onsite at Oatridge.

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