The Hound Association has announced that the 2020 Houndshow has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
The association announced with “great regret” that the event, due to take place on 18 July, would no longer go ahead, despite being “just outside” the current recommended date of 30 June to cancel events or mass gatherings.
It said that preparation for the show begins weeks before the actual show date, and it is therefore unable to guarantee that necessary support services, including medical cover, will be in place.
In a statement, organisers said: “It is the health and welfare of our exhibitors, judges, stewards, committee and suppliers that has been right at the forefront of our thinking and has led us to making this sad but inevitable decision.
“Our secretary will be in touch as quickly as possible with all our judges to discuss this and all those exhibitors who have already entered will be refunded in full but please be patient while we work through this process alongside our colleagues at Higham Press.”
They added: “The officers and committee of The Hound Association send our very best wishes to our members, exhibitors, stewards and suppliers in these difficult time.
“Stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all again before too long and enjoying Houndshow 2021 with you all.”