The 2020 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time the event has been canceled since its inception in 1961.
“We must 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,” a statement read.
“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,” said Sir Richard Jewson, Chairman of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee. “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, which all of us are sure will be a special celebration.”
This year was to be Captain Mark Phillips’ final year as cross-country course designer, with Derek di Grazia taking over next year, but no decision has been announced as to who’s designing in 2021.
With the cancellation, only two five stars remain on the calendar for 2020: Pau (France) and the new Maryland Five-Star, both in October.
The 2021 event will take place Sept. 1-5.