Burghley named best horse trials in the world

Burghley Horse Trials. Photo by Trevor Meeks.
Burghley Horse Trials. Photo by Trevor Meeks.
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One of the country’s top equestrian events has won a global award for the seventh year running.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which take place at Burghley House every September, has been named best horse trials event in the world by equestrian yearbook L’Année Hippique.

The awards, which were first launched in 1987, invite riders from the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing and show jumping to nominate their favourite events based on criteria such as ground conditions, course preparation and prize money.

This is the seventh year that Burghley Horse Trials has been selected as the pre-eminent horse trials venue in the world, meaning it has won the award more often than any other eventing competition.

Event director Elizabeth Inman said: “It is a great reflection on all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, particularly that of our competition secretary Anne Whitton.

“There are so many other unsung heroes at Burghley Horse Trials from the stable managers to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time. The fact that it is the riders who vote makes winning particularly special.”