Bolesworth Events, organiser of the Voltaire Design Liverpool International Horse Show, has cancelled the event. It was due to take place at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool from December 31, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

With the ever-changing COVID-19 environment and with the recent announcements made by the Government and The Liverpool Health Protection Board, the organiser has stated that the risk associated with responsibly staging an indoor event of this kind after Christmas is “just too high at this time”.

Nina Barbour, founder of the Liverpool International Horse Show and Bolesworth Events, said: “We are naturally devastated to be making this decision and can only hope that our loyal supporters understand our genuine reasons for being forced to cancel this year’s event. The reality of the situation is that we have to measure the risks of moving forward with an indoor event in early January, with the facts and concerns that we currently face whilst having to carefully negotiate the ongoing uncertainty relating to this pandemic.

“We feel that the only responsible thing to do is to make this decision now, and it goes without saying that we remain fully committed to supporting equestrian sport moving forwards and we will be throwing our energy into making all the exciting events that we have planned for 2022 truly the best experiences that we can for everyone involved.”