ONE of the largest equestrian sporting occasions opened yesterday at Burghley House.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Burghley Horse Trials and past winners have been invited to parade through the main arena today.
Dressage will take place today, followed by cross country on Saturday and showjumping on Sunday.
On Sunday Princess Anne will present prizes to the winners and there will be a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a parade of hounds and music from the Band and Bugles of the Rifles.
As well as the competitions and displays there will celebrity talks, interviews and autograph signing, stalls, trade stands and food throughout the event.
Shopping is a huge attraction at Burghley, with everything from small craft stalls to stands for internationally recognised brands drawing in thousands of visitors.
You can also take the family down to the lakeside to try out the Land Rover Terrapod, take your dog and test your skills at the Pedigree Dog Agility or enjoy a family picnic by one of the giant screens around the showground.
Tickets are available from 01933 304744.
The Mercury has teamed up with the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to offer readers free entry to the trials on Sunday. Turn to page five to cut out your voucher and for terms and conditions.