Preview: Leading riders from around the world will be among those competing at one of the greatest eventing challenges at Burghley House from today, Thursday 4 through to Sunday, 7 September.
The 2014 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will have an international flavour as 100 horses from 11 nations spanning Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, USA and the UK compete for the £62,000 first prize.
Among those trotting out at Stamford’s Burghley House will be New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson who is entered with both Avebury and Nereo. A win for him would be particularly popular, specially if achieved riding Avebury, as it would be an unprecedented three in a row for the combination - a first for Burghley.
The line up includes a number of past winners: William Fox-Pitt on Bay My Hero, Chilli Morning and Parkland Hawk, alongside World Equestrian Games team mate Oliver Townsend and Australia’s Sir Mark Todd and Oloa who this year brings Rutherglen.
Badminton winner Australia’s Sam Griffiths will strive to achieve the Rolex Grand Slam.
Land Rover Burghley’s event director Elizabeth Inman said: “The standard of entries is as high as ever this year. As always Mark Philips’ cross country course will provide riders and horses with a true 4* challenge.”
The event also feature 27 first time combinations. Young British riders including Lincolnshire-based Gina Ruck, who’ll be competing on 12yr old Rehy Too and Kirsty Short who will brings her U25s partner Cossan Lad.
Other key competitors include Izzy Taylor and Briarlands Matilda, Piggy French, Jakarta and Francis Whittington with Hasty Imp, five-time Olympian Belgium’s Karin Donkers with Lamicell Unique, France’s Karim Laghouag and his 2012 Olympic reserve horse, Punch de L’Esques and Germany’s Kai Ruder and his Blenheim 2013 partner Gryffindor.
For inquiries and tickets call the box office on 01933 304744 or visit www.burghley-horse-tickets.co.uk.