Burghley Horse Trials set to start

Burghley Horse Trials start on Thursday, August 30
Burghley Horse Trials start on Thursday, August 30
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Thousands of people will be flocking to Stamford this week for The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

As always, the trials will be an unforgettable mix of top-class sporting action, fine food, lifestyle pavilions and more than 500 selected trade stands and shops.

The trials begin on Thursday, August 30, with the dressage and pony club team showjumping.

Friday will see further dressage competition and display and the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse finals and the British-bred sport horse stallion parade.

On Saturday the cross-country element of the three-day equestrian eventing competition takes place.

As part of the London 2012 legacy, three of the cross country fences from the Olympic three-day-event course at Greenwich Park will be included.

The fences; “The Olympic Games Horses”, “The Planet” and “The Sundials”, although three separate fences at Greenwich, will be combined to present a feature complex in the main arena towards the end of Captain Mark Phillips course.

As well as Olympic fences several Olympic riders are also competing for this year’s £55,000 first prize and the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

Three of Britain’s silver team medallists; Mary King, William Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook, German team Olympic gold medallist Dirk Schrade and four of New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medal team including Olympic veterans Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, are all leading contenders for this year’s Land Rover Burghley title and included in the record number of international entries.

Event director Elizabeth Inman said: “The course looks fabulous and combined with an exciting high-class level of entry we are definitely in for one of the best Burghleys yet.”

The tickets box office is open 8.30am to 5.30pm on 01933 304744. You can also book online at www.burghley-horse.co.uk

Admission costs £15 on Thursday and Friday, £26 on Saturday and £14 on Sunday. Parking is £11 on each day.