Premier League Covid test experts back Hickstead's Royal International Horse Show

A company that has carried out more than three million PCR tests globally since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has come on board as the title sponsor of the Royal International Horse Show for 2021.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 8:45 am
The Royal International Horse Show returns to Hickstead in July / Picture: Elli Birch/Boots and Hooves Photography

Prenetics, a leading genetics and diagnostic health testing company, played an important part in bringing back Premier League football, carrying out the full testing across 20 clubs. They are now supporting a major equestrian event for the first time as the sponsors of the Prenetics Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (20-25 July).

“It’s been a difficult year for so many, so it’s a relief to be getting back to some sense of normality,” says Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “This will be our first international show since the pandemic, though because of the ongoing situation we will be running the event as a two-star competition in place of the usual five-star. We’re incredibly grateful to Prenetics for adding their generous support and experience to this fixture.”

Avi Lasarow, CEO of Prenetics UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa, adds: “Prenetics has played a pivotal role in getting Britain back to work, play and travel, and accepting the title sponsorship of this major UK sporting event is a privilege. We wish all the competitors of the Prenetics Royal International Horse Show the best of luck, as we see the return of major sporting events as Britain comes out of lockdown.”

Around 3,000 competitors are expected at Hickstead for this six-day fixture, which includes international and national showjumping classes, showing championships and carriage driving. Feature classes include the Prenetics Royal International Vase, with a £6,000 prize fund, and the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup, which will bring the show to a close on the Sunday. The Prenetics Royal International Horse Show is the official show of The British Horse Society, and one of the oldest equestrian events in the world at 114 years old.

The hope is to open the Box Office for limited public attendance at the show, following the expected government announcement on 14 June. In addition to their sponsorship, Prenetics will be in attendance at the show offering testing on site as well as advice about Covid testing for international travel.