Ride in the footsteps of top equestrians at the Burghley Horse Trials

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Preparations are well under way for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials which will return to the area in eight weeks.

The four-day event will start on Thursday, September 5 and bring the usual mix of sporting action, shopping, food and charity fundraising.

Work has already started on the cross country course around Burghley Park, which will follow a different route this year, and Stamford XT has started to accept entries for its sponsored ride.

Organiser Ian Scott said: “The sponsored ride is a unique opportunity for people to ride around Burghley’s tracks and see the jumps which will have been in use the day before.

“All of the money raised goes to charity. A quarter will go to the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund and the rest will go to local causes including Thorpe Hall Hospice.”

The event has raised more than £140,000 over the years. To enter this year visit www.icommentate.co.uk/burghley

The dressage competition will take place on Thursday and Friday before the cross-country action on Saturday which attracts about 80 riders from across the world.

Sunday’s entertainment will be provided by the sponsored ride and the final show jumping phase to determine who takes home the £60,000 prize.

Spectators will also be able to browse more than 600 trade stands throughout the event and sample delights from the popular food walk.

Tickets are on sale now at www.burghley-horse.co.uk

Tickets cost £12.80 per person on Thursday and Friday, £22 on Saturday and £12 on Sunday if bought on-line or £14.40, £24 and £13 from the box office on 01933 304 744. Car parking costs £8 (£9 on Saturday)

Tickets will also be available to buy on the gate.