Badminton Horse Trials cancelled due to heavy rain

Washout for Badminton Horse Trials as downpours leave ground waterlogged

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UPDATED:

11:40 GMT, 30 April 2012


Water sight: Zara Phillips on High Kingdom

Water sight: Zara Phillips on High Kingdom

Organisers have been forced to cancel the Badminton Horse Trials due to the recent heavy rain.

The event, which would have served as an Olympic trial, were due to have run from Thursday to next Monday.

Event director Hugh Thomas issued a statement on Monday morning which read: 'The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded.

'Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out.

'Very sadly therefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.'