Badminton Horse Trials will go ahead next year, albeit 'Behind Closed Doors.'

Event organisers at the popular annual equestrian event have taken the decision to go ahead with the five day meet, with the possibly of including a limited number of spectators.

The decisions will remain under constant review in the coming months and the eventing community will be updated with latest news and developments.

The team say their overriding priority will continue to be the health and safety of all those involved in staging the event.

Event Director Jane Tuckwell said “We realise that this is not the scenario everyone would wish for but feel by announcing our intentions now it will give all involved in whatever capacity the opportunity to plan accordingly.

"To deliver the “Behind Closed Doors” event will not be without its challenges, but we look forward to bringing you a great competition in partnership with Science Supplements and Mars Equestrian”.

William Fox-Pitt MBE, a dual Badminton winner, added “It is fantastic news that Badminton is planning to run next season in these challenging circumstances.

"To lose this prestigious event again would be a terrible disappointment and the eventing world will get behind Jane and her team to make this happen. For sure it will be a very different Badminton”.

The competitions will be streamed live via television and livestream outlets.