THIS week's Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show has been closed to the public after heavy rain has sparked safety concerns.

A spokesman for the event, which runs until Sunday, said: "It is with great regret that we announce that the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show will not be opening for public access during the event.

"A huge effort has been undertaken by the team throughout the build-up and with continued improvements site wide on going, however with the significant volumes of consistent rainfall we have experienced in the past 48 hours and with further significant rain forecast, we have had to take the difficult decision on the grounds of safety to close the event for public access.

"Whilst we are preserving the site to best effect for the sport to continue all week on the all weather surfaces, the ground is not safe enough to allow public vehicles on and off the event site. There are also significant issues on the surrounding roads with standing water limiting access.

"The sport schedule for June 12 remains unchanged and we will update all competitors later today on any further changes to the schedule ahead of tomorrow and the coming days.

"Sport can still be watched on the Livestream via:"

Full refunds for tickets including – general admission, season passes, membership upgrades, camping and parking – will be provided via the ticket agent people purchased from within 10 working days.

The spokesman added: "Thank you for all your support to date, this isn’t a decision that we at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show have taken lightly and we ask for your patience during this busy period whilst we continue to make provision for the sport aspects of the event to continue running."