The event, which brings the best riders in the world - including Royal and former world champion Zara Tindall - to Burghley House, was due to take place at the beginning of September.
However, today the organisers announced the event would not be taking place this year.
A spokesman said: “It is with great disappointment and sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“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.”
Sir Richard Jewson, Chairman of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee, added: “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.”
All enquiries should be forwarded to [email protected] ; the 2021 event will take place from Wednesday 1st September to Sunday 5th September.