So, is this – up near the Roman remains – for the Olympics (18 months in advance) or for something else? I know there’s always been mutterings (under the breath) about a sort of dummy-run event this year (which nobody seems to talk about much) but even that’s – what – 6 months or so away. I know absolutely nothing about the ‘test event’ bar the stuff on the 2012 website – does anyone else? There are a load of websites that just say ‘test events are ‘planned’ but even Horse & Hound don’t seem to have any idea what’s going on. I suspect organisers are doing their best not to say anything at all about it because they know there will be various stinks kicked up, but surely they’ll have to just casually drop it into the conversation at some point?
This is what’s on the London 2012 website about the test event:
Will there be a Test Event?
Yes, we plan to hold a smaller scale event during the summer of 2011 to ensure everything is working properly well in advance of the Games and to make any adjustments necessary.
This is common for many Olympic sports, not just Equestrian, but we don’t need to put on a full scale dress rehearsal to achieve this. The Equestrian element of the Test Event will be a middle-level international Eventing competition taking place on 4-6 July 2011 (subject to confirmation). There will also be a Modern Pentathlon competition on 9-10 July 2011 (subject to confirmation). We will minimise disruption by running both elements of the Test Event in one week, outside the school holidays to reduce the impact on the local community. Further information about the Test Event will be available in 2011.
Well, that’s now. We’d like some info please.
Thanks to Stephen for the pictures.
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