Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton to appear at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford this weekend

Nick Skelton riding Big Star. Photo: Kit Houghton EMN-160109-094504001

Nick Skelton riding Big Star. Photo: Kit Houghton EMN-160109-094504001

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Olympic champion show jumper Nick Skelton will be at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford this weekend to showcase the gold medal he won in Rio de Janeiro last month.

Nick, who also won team gold at the London 2012 Olympics, brought home Britain’s first individual show jumping medal since 1972, riding 13-year-old Big Star.

The 58-year-old, whose equestrian career has spanned more than 38 years, will be present at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - which begin today - on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Land Rover ambassador Harry Meade will debut equestrian virtual reality technology through the use of Oculus headsets. Visitors will be able to ride the famous British Open Course at Gatcombe with a 360 degree view through the eyes of one of Britain’s leading event riders, Harry Meade. This is the first time Oculus headsets have been used to analyse and view an equestrian sport from a rider’s perspective.

“The Oculus headsets are a great way for spectators to experience first-hand the feeling of speed and the technical difficulty of the fences.”

Land Rover marks its 12th year as title sponsor of the Burghley Horse Trials with an action-packed programme. Among the 65 vehicles which Land Rover will provide, guests will be treated to the UK debut of the latest Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which will demonstrate Land Rover’s new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.

Jaguar Land Rover managing director Jeremy Hicks said: “We are delighted to continue our long-established relationship with Burghley. The Land Rover team is looking forward to welcoming visitors to experience our product and brand partnerships. There really will be something for the whole family, whether it’s having a passenger ride on our off-road course, to trying to make the Land Rover BAR boat go faster or driving one of the Discovery Sport remote controlled cars. Indeed for Land Rover owners, there will be an opportunity for refreshments on the Land Rover lawn.

“In our 12th year, we continue to value the sportsmanship and competition taking place on the course and I wish all those competing this weekend every success.”

For the first time ever at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, visitors will be able to experience a drive through the famous Burghley Lake with in-car passenger rides delivered by Land Rover Experience. The demonstration drives will showcase Land Rover’s class-leading wading capability of up to 900mm of water. The Wade Sensing option will show guests just how deep the water is through a graphic illustration on the infotainment screen.

Celebrating Land Rover BAR’s recent sailing success at Portsmouth, guests visiting the Land Rover stand will be able to experience remote-controlled Land Rovers complete in Land Rover BAR livery as well as testing themselves to the limit generating power for the BAR sailing boat on the grinders. A Discovery Sport will be towing the Land Rover BAR rib at the water jump under the Lion Bridge. World-class sailors from the team including Paul Campbell-James and Leigh McMillen will be making guest appearances on the Land Rover stand.

The annual Land Rover Burghley Tailgate Picnic Competition will make a return to Burghley for the fifth year running this year. Land Rover ambassadors, Zara Tindall and Adam Henson will judge the competition, which takes place in the reserved members’ car park on Saturday.

For more information about the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk