Burghley Horse Trials has unfortunately been cancelled for 2020 for the first time in the events history due to the world pandemic of Coronavirus.
The organisers have stated: “It is the first time since the event’s inception in 1961 that we have had to cancel. 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. Particular thanks are due to our insurance brokers and underwriters who have guided us through this period.”
The cancellation of Burghley comes as the fifth out of the seven five star horse trials events across the world that have already been cancelled this season due to coronavirus (Covid-19). Kentucky (April), Badminton (May), Luhmühlen (June) and Adelaide (November). Pau which takes place in France on 22nd to 25th October 2020 and Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill in the US due to take place on 15th-18th October 2020 are still set to run. British Eventing have cancelled all events upto and including 6th-7th June 2020.
Burghley Horse Trials has run every year since the event started in 1961. 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.”
The dates for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials next year is set for 1st – 5th September 2021.