Riders and retailers at this year’s Burghley Horse Trials

Overall winner of the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Andrew Nicholson with owners Mark and Rosemary Barlow. Photo: Kit Houghton
Overall winner of the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Andrew Nicholson with owners Mark and Rosemary Barlow. Photo: Kit Houghton
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The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which begin on Thursday (5 September), has long been a major highlight of the British equestrian season.

The event marks the end of summer, and top riders from around the globe focus on it as their end-of-year aim.

This year, with 2014’s World Equestrian Games looming on the horizon, the entries are strong with 11 countries represented.

Land Rover Burghley will bring together five former winners – including the victorious horse-and-rider partnerships from the past two runnings, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Avebury and British superstar William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk. They will face serious opposition from the 29-year-old Kiwi sensation, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton’s winner Jock Paget, joined by an army of top British event riders such as Pippa Funnell, Tina Cook and Oliver Townend.

As well as the majority of the world’s top event horses, Land Rover Burghley will showcase the equine stars of the future in Friday’s prestigious Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Final.

And after a successful debut in 2012, the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse class, a qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show, takes place on Sunday after a parade by National Hunt legends Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges.

But Land Rover Burghley isn’t just all about the horses. The event is famous for its shopping. Great care and thought goes into selecting a vast range of retailers offering stylish, original – and delicious – products.

New to the event in 2013 is Hermès – the Paris-based luxury goods retailer. Many people will leave Land Rover Burghley this September dreaming of an exquisite, hand-made Hermès saddle!

The Food Walk will offer a superb range of mouth-watering treats to eat.

A multitude of avenues and a total of seven specialist pavilions offer a wealth of variety; the Green Lifestyle Pavilion showcases the best in innovative, natural, organic and eco-friendly products, the Country Living Magazine Pavilion includes the very best on offer from Britain’s independent designers and artisans and not to be missed are the two Rural Crafts Marquees.

The Burghley LifeStyle Pavilion brings together more than 40 companies selling unusual and stylish products for you and your home, many of which are exclusive to Burghley and at last, but not least there are two dedicated equestrian pavilions, World or the Horse and the Horse Village. And that’s only a mention of the vast choice on offer to tempt the casual – or serious – shopper.

Tickets: Prices are per person and apply to all visitors aged 13 and over.

Children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge when

accompanied by an adult.

Friday £16

Saturday £27

Sunday £15

Car parking £12 a day

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