Future of Barbury Horse Trials in doubtThe Event Rider Masters (ERM) organisation have dropped Barbury from their series of Europe-wide competitions for 2019.
The Barbury Horse Trials have been one of the ERM's venues since 2016 when the annual ERM series began. In 2017 and 2018 the ERM organisation ran the whole Barbury event - including the ERM competition.
For the past fourteen years, St James's Place plc have been the Barbury Horse Trials' main and name sponsor. They have now withdrawn their sponsorship.
A brief statement from Barbury Horse Trials on Friday (February 1) said: "Options for the continuation of Barbury 2019 are being explored."
The loss of Barbury with its full programme of novice classes would be a blow for local eventers - and would be a blow to many businesses in the Marlborough area.
The Barbury Horse Trials for 2019 are scheduled to take place between 4 & 7 July.
There are more details about the Event Rider Master's decision here.