The Badminton Horse Trials, which would have helped select contestants for this summer’s Olympic eventing equestrian competition, have been canceled because of flooding, organizers said.
“The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded,” British Eventing said in a statement on its website. “Further rain is due this week, leaving no chance of the ground drying out.”
The annual Badminton horse trials, among the toughest in the world, had been scheduled for May 2-3 in Gloucestershire, southwest England. They were last canceled because of bad weather in 1987.
Britain has experienced heavy rainfall in recent weeks following a period of drought. There are 37 flood warnings in place as well as 139 flood alerts, mainly for the Southwest, according to the Environment Agency website.
Horse racing has also been affected by the weather, with events scheduled this week at Ascot, Windsor, Folkestone and Towcester all being abandoned because of waterlogged tracks.
The Olympic eventing competition is made up of three disciplines: dressage, show-jumping and cross-country. The equestrian events at the London Olympics will be held at Greenwich, southeast London.