The Badminton Horse Trials has become the latest event to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 200,000 people attend the event in Gloucestershire, near Tetbury each year and this marks only the fifth time the event has ever been cancelled.

In a statement, organisers said: “Following the Government’s COVID-19 public health restrictions and its statement that emergency services are withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings from Tuesday 17th March, we are sorry to announce it is no longer possible to stage Badminton Horse Trials between the 6th and 10th May in any capacity. This cancellation also includes the Science Supplements Cup.

“This is an unprecedented and challenging time for everyone and the health and safety of all those that attend and are involved with Badminton remains our number one priority. Please be assured that Badminton Horse Trials operates a refund policy and we will be in contact shortly with more information on how these will be processed accordingly.

Last year it was won by Piggy French, riding Vanir Kamira.