30 September 2020
Organisers pledge Endurance GB British Horse Feeds and Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival ‘will rise again’
Following news of the cancellation of this year’s British Horse Feeds & Golden Paste Company Red Dragon Festival of Endurance due to a spike in Covid cases across Wales, organisers say support for this year’s planned event will mean it comes back bigger and better in the future.
While the sport’s annual season finale scheduled for next weekend from its home at the Royal Welsh Showground had been billed as Covid-compliant ‘Red Dragon Lite’, entries across all the classes had exceeded expectations and organisers John and Jane Hudson say they had been overwhelmed both by the strong backing of the sponsors and the support of the endurance community.
John Hudson said: “A huge amount of work had gone in to making this happen and we were devastated when it became clear that the Welsh Government would have had to delay their rollout of the relaxation of restrictions for larger events in Wales and were then unable to give us assurance that the restrictions will be sufficiently lifted to enable the event to take place.
“We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors British Horse Feeds and The Golden Paste Company for their unwavering backing and generosity throughout the preparations and to Steve Hughson and his Royal Welsh Showground team and the numerous volunteers and local landowners who worked so hard to try to make the event happen.
“We were hugely encouraged by the support the ride received and can assure everyone that the Red Dragon Festival of Endurance will rise again and this has given us the impetus to ensure that next time it will be bigger and better than ever.”
Meanwhile, Endurance GB’s season has been extended until the end of the year and a number of rides are in the calendar including the popular two-day Concrete Cows event, a uniquely urban endurance ride over purpose built bridleways around central Milton Keynes which is scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 October.
Planning is underway for the 2021 domestic and international season which will see British teams competing at both the World and European Endurance Championships.