Burghley Horse Trials 2018 winner Tim Price to kick off dressage competition in first day of event at Burghley Houe near Stamford today
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials gets underway today (Thursday, September 5) with last year's winner set to compete first.
New Zealand's Tim Price, riding one of his three horses Bango, will start the dressage competition at 9.30am this morning.
Ahead of Price taking to the ring, current World Champion Ros Canter will perform the so-called Guinea Pig test on Allstar B at 9.10am to make sure the ground is fit for the competitors.
Bango was the first of Tim's horses to go before the jury at yesterday's vet inspection. Next year, the vet inspection will form part of a new first day of the trials, organisers have announced.
All 67 horses presented to the jury sailed through, meaning a full contingent of riders will compete in the dressage phase today and tomorrow.
Saturday will see the cross country stage and the event will conclude on Sunday with the showjumping.
More than 160,000 visitors are expected to the event over the four-day event.
The following road restrictions are in place during the trials.
- London Road, Wothorpe - As and when required by the police one way only southbound between Bottle Lodge and the A1
- London Road, Wothorpe - As and when required by the police one way only northbound between Bottle Lodge and the A1
- Sutton Heath Road - No right turn at the junction with the A47
- Wittering Ford Road - Between 2pm and 8pm one way only northbound between the A1 and Heath Road
- Barnack Drift - Partial lane closure during peak exit times to prevent the traffic exiting Burghley Park (via Gate 8) turning right onto Barnack
- Drift and accessing the A1 southbound carriageway.
Residents will not be allowed to wait for vehicles (other than emergency vehicles) at any of the following roads:
- London Road, Wothorpe, between the A1 and Burghley Lane
- Kettering Road (A43) between First Drift and the Peterborough City Council boundary
- Stamford Road, Pilsgate, between Pilsgate Grange and the Peterborough City Council boundary
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Don't miss the Stamford Mercury, out in newsagents tomorrow, featuring a bumper 62-page Homes Burghley Horse Trials Special Edition