May 22, 2020 12.43 pm This story is over 49 months old

COVID-19 forces Burghley Horse Trials cancellation for first time in over 50 years

Burghley House is also closed until 2021

The popular Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford has been cancelled for the first time in over 50 years due to the coronavirus crisis.

The three-day equestrian event at Burghley House, due to be held in September, is acknowledged globally by leading riders and was first established in 1961.

However, the current circumstances have forced organisers into action, who said it is with “great disappointment and sadness” that they have had to cancel the event.

Organisers said that the health and safety of the event’s community, including everyone directly involved, is “absolute priority”.

The 2021 event will take place from Wednesday, September 1 to Sunday, September 5.

Sir Richard Jewson, Chairman of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee, said: “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.”

Meanwhile, due to the COVID-19 pandemic Burghley House will remain closed to visitors until March 2021. The Gardens are also currently closed, but the Parkland remains open daily between 7am to 6pm.