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Line-up revealed for Land Rover Burghley Weekend in Stamford

Back in May the organisers of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials were forced to cancel the event for the first time in its 59-year history .

The move sparked widespread disappointment but the good news is people can still get their equine and country living fix with the announcement of a virtual Land Rover Burghley Weekend beginning on Friday, September 4.

Organisers say they were determined to mark the 2020 dates with a celebration of the very best of Burghley at www.burghley-horse.co.uk

The Burghley Horse Trials in 2018, before the pandemic
The Burghley Horse Trials in 2018, before the pandemic

Friday will be a "sumptuous day of online retail therapy", Saturday will see a huge range of archive material live on the Land Rover Burghley website and at 3pm on Sunday the Sunday Programme goes live featuring the likes of Pippa Funnell, Sir Mark Todd, Oliver Townend and five-time Olympian Carl Hester MBE.

Event director Elizabeth Inman said: “Our loyal visitors and followers were insistent that their Burghley Weekend would not go unmarked, and without the support of so many within the sport we could not have put together this super weekend of celebration.

"This year, we ask our Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials visitors to enjoy their Burghley Food Walk picnic at home while watching this fantastic programme of all things Burghley.”

The full Sunday line-up includes:

  • Strictly Dressage with the maestro Carl Hester MBE and Nick Burton
  • Sir Mark Todd gives an insight into his new career
  • Pippa Funnell invites viewers to The Billy Stud
  • World No.1 Oliver Townend reveals how he dealt with lockdown and is adapting to the 'new normal' for eventers
  • Host Clare Balding discusses the Road To Tokyo with Dickie Waygood and Henry Bullen
  • Chat with the Virtual Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse winners
  • Clare meets the new Land Rover Burghley course designer Derek di Grazia and bids farewell to captain Mark Phillips as they talk cross country
  • Throughout the programme there will be a countdown to the Ultimate Burghley Champion taking viewers on a Burghley Odyssey, reflecting on some of the most memorable moments of the event’s past. Voting for The Ultimate Burghley Champion closes midnight August 24

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