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Equi Seine throws in the towel in 2020

15 October 2020

Some organizers were still fighting to organize competitions at all costs, and make sure that riders still have the chance of doing their job, but government measures announced yesterday following the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic have put paid to the efforts made by so many teams over the months. Among the survivors who had still not given up, Equi Seine is the first to announce the cancellation of its CSI4* which was to be held from November 19 to 22. They issued the following press release:

"It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of Equi Seine 2020!" The Rouen CSI4* organizing team have made the dramatic but reasonable, disappointing but benevolent decision after many weeks of reflection. It is both poignant and disappointing because the team of volunteers had done their very best to make the 21st edition of Equi Seine a reality. However, "the current circumstances do not make this possible, and it is therefore today that we are sharing the disappointment of the public, the riders, and our partners" announced Antoine-Guy Bréant, director of the event.

Nevertheless, the decision has to be seen as reasonable in light of the current measures which limit the public to 1,000 people, and the threat of a closed-door event that would deprive this CSI, unique in France, of its spectacular aspect. It is also a benevolent decision towards the riders, the public, and the exhibitors... "We don't want to put our partners at economic risk, since they will not be able to work fully due to the limited number of visitors. It is a measure that we fully understand and respect," explained Dany Ferrand, President of the event.

It is the first time that the curtain will not rise. The entire organizing team looks forward to seeing you next year for an extraordinary edition!

We can but hope that this press release will not be followed by others, even if we do understand how discouraging it might be to expend so much energy in such a difficult atmosphere.