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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2021 Cancelled
Organisers of the 2021 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials announced the unfortunate news on Friday that this year’s event, due to take place from 2nd – 5th September, would be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials regularly attracts a global audience, accommodating 5* riders from all over the world.
Commenting that their announcement came with ‘immense sadness’, organisers of the event claimed that, despite the continued easing of lockdown measures in the UK and the success of the nationwide vaccination programme, ‘there have been and remain too many variables and uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic to deliver this much-loved international event.’
The news comes as another blow to equestrian sport, which has been hugely impacted in the cancellation of many large-scale sporting events over the last 12 months.
Miranda Rock, President of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, said: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have come to the extremely difficult decision to cancel the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this year. The Horse Trials is an incredibly important part of what we do here at Burghley and is the highlight of the year for all those who live and work here.
“I am deeply sorry for everyone whose hopes have been dashed – from the equestrian world internationally to the pony clubs nationally, for the people of Stamford and our neighbouring communities, as well as our wonderful suppliers, supporters, retailers, staff and visitors who will not be able to enjoy this glorious event in September. Next year marks our 60th anniversary and, despite the challenges ahead, we will be focusing all our efforts on delivering a spectacular event in 2022.”
Equestrian Surfaces Director, Thomas Harper, commented: “The news of the cancellation of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is very sad indeed. As regular attendees and supporters of the Trials, the Equestrian Surfaces team is disheartened to see such a prestigious event removed from this year’s calendar, however we all look forward to seeing it return for the 60th anniversary next year.”