The 2020 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is the first time since the Event’s inception in 1961 that it has had to cancel.

In a statement about the cancellation, organisers commented that “while it is disappointing and sad, we must however act responsibly, and our absolute priority is the health and safety of our community, including everyone directly involved with the event; our visitors, sponsors, competitors, owners, helpers, trade exhibitors and contractors.”

They also gave particular thanks to the insurance brokers and underwriters who guided them through this period.

Sir Richard Jewson, chairman of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee, commented: “One of the joys of being involved with Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is to be continually reminded how much this iconic event is loved by the many who create, take part and attend.

“We are so appreciative of the support and co-operation that we have received at this difficult time; not least from our title sponsor Land Rover. We wish everyone well in these uncertain times. We must now focus our efforts on planning the 2021 Event and which all of us are sure will be a special celebration.”

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