New route for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials’ cross country course

Clerk of the course at the horse trials, Philip Herbert
Clerk of the course at the horse trials, Philip Herbert
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Major changes are being made to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials’ cross-country course this year by designer Capt Mark Phillips.

It is expected to make the route more exiting for competitors and improve the spectacle for visitors.

The route taken by competitors has been changed and more fences and 
water obstacles have been added on,

Clerk of the course Philip Herbert, who works with 
Capt Phillips on The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials course, said: “The course gets changed every year in order to keep it interesting and fresh for the competitors and spectators.

“This year there will some major changes.

“The weather has been good for the preparations and the ground is looking very good for the horses to run on.”

The main change is the route the riders take.

Instead of going towards the Leaf Pitch as in previous years, the course will start out in the opposite direction in order to bring the main arena obstacle to the beginning of the course rather than the end.

“It will mean that people who are sitting in the Grand Stand in the main arena will be able to see more horses than they would previously have done,” Mr Herbert said.

From the main arena the riders will head towards the Discovery Valley, go round the Pit Leaf, do a U-turn and come back to the Discovery Valley.

Mr Herbert said: “The Discovery Valley is a very popular area close to the main ground and the food halls. The changes will ensure lots of horses will come through the area and provide a better spectacle.”

This year riders will also return to using the obstacle under the Lion Bridge which has not been used for a number of years.

It means there will be four water obstacles – two in the Trout Hatchery, one at the Lion Bridge and another in the Anniversary Splash Lake Crossing.

“We have a lot of new fences this year, as a result of the changes,” Mr Herbert said.

Burghley is one of six international events with the 4* status. Eighty-six horses from 10 different nations have been entered for this year’s trials, which take place from September 5 to 8.

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