If you’re planning on spending a day, the weekend or staying for the duration at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this year, we’ve come up with a few daily highlights not to be missed to help you get the most out of time during the event.
It all kicks off with the trot up that begins at 4pm in the main arena – get a first glimpse of the beautiful horses and don’t miss the riders vying for this year’s best dressed award. Expect dashing trousers, sassy skirts and plenty of Fairfax and Favour footwear!
Gates open bright and early at 7.30am with the first competitor entering the main arena at 9am in attempt to wow the dressage judges.
Don’t miss out on the displays in the main arena at 12.30pm and 4pm which take place on Thursday and Friday and include lecture demos and a stallion parade.
If you head over to ring two you will find local Pony Clubs doing their best to win the coveted Pony Club team jumping competition – it’s a great atmosphere with friends and family cheering the riders on!
And of course we can’t forget about all of the wonderful shopping there is to be done, that is half the reason we all go!
It’s a similar timetable to Thursday in the main arena but do look out for the competition hotting up in the afternoon session of dressage. This is when the top riders have their second and usually most competitive horses and you can expect the leader board to change a lot during the last few horses.
In ring 2 you have the chance to see the next generation of eventing stars battle it out for glory in the famous Burghley Young Event Horse Finals. Horses have had to qualify to compete here and former winners include British team medallists Miners Frolic and Primmore’s Pride to name but a few.
Having watched the horses and riders at their most elegant for the last two days, Saturday has a different atmosphere entirely with the first horse out on the cross country course at 11am, it’s a battle of the brave for the competitors.
It’s usually much busier on Saturday so allow plenty of time to get in and whether you find yourself a good spot in front of one of the big screens with a picnic or make your way round the course watching riders at each fence you’re sure to come home inspired.
With so many iconic fences it really is worth the trek around the famous Burghley course – watch riders make a splash (hopefully not getting their underwear wet!) at the Trout Hatchery, take a walk down the beautiful winners avenue to see the plaques of previous winners (the view is amazing!) and although at opposite ends of the course The Leaf Pitt and Cottesmore Leap really do have to be seen to be believed just how big that drop is how wide that ditch is. There are plenty of food and drink stalls on the way round to keep you fuelled.
If you’re lucky enough to have bagged a grandstand ticket then you’re in for a treat. Enjoy the trot up from 9am where all competitors who successfully negotiated the cross country have to show they are fit and well to continue to the show jumping. Competitors jump in reverse order of merit and the first session starts at 12pm. Before that there is a Racehorse to Riding Horse show class in the main arena which is a qualifier for Horse of the Year Show and enjoy the Military Band play in the main arena after the first session of jumping.
In ring 2 there are various BSPS (British Show Pony Society) showing classes taking place throughout the day.
Get ready to sit on the edge of your seat as the final session of show jumping starts at 2.30pm. Watch your hero’s battle it out to be crowned Burghley champion 2017. Enjoy the prize giving and a military flypast before heading home probably quite tired but hopefully inspired!
Competitors to look out for
Make sure you give a huge cheer to the SPILLERS and our sister brand WINERGY Equilibrium fed competitors including:
- Jamie Atkinson riding Celtic Fortune
- Harry Dzenis riding Xam and Dromgurrihy Blue
- Imogen Murray riding Ivar Gooden and MD Sandyhills Penhills Zorro
- Angus Smales riding MJI Mount Echo
- Sarah Bullimore riding Reve Du Rouet
- Andrew Hoy riding The Blue Frontier
- Hannah Sue Burnett riding Under Suspection
- Lauren Kieffer riding Veronica II
Fancy a ride round the cross country course then check out the simulator down by the Lion Bridge opposite the World of the Horse pavilion.
Dressage for Cross country – watch new British team Performance coach and performance manager Chris Bartle and Richard Waygood’s masterclass in the main arena on Friday.
Celebrity Talk Area – Situated in the exhibition village by ring 2, go and see your idols up close and personal being interviewed throughout the competition.
Dog agility down by Discovery Valley on Saturday and Sunday.
Shopping – Shopping at Burghley is not really about need it’s more about must have and there is something for everyone here, even the non-horsey members of your gang!
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