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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

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The Hurly at Burghley

 

Mary King, Olympic Sivler Medalist, riding Kings Temptress at Burghley Horse Trials 2011.

Mary King, Olympic Silver Medalist, riding Kings Temptress at Burghley Horse Trials 2011, courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

 

After the success of the Team GB in the Equestrian Olympic events there could hardly be more anticipation and excitement ahead of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

 

William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk, winner of Burghley 2011, courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk, winner of Burghley 2011, courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

 

All of a sudden names familiar to those in the equestrian world are dropped with casual pride by people from all walks of life; we now know who Charlotte Dujardin is, and that Nick Skelton is in no doubt that it was worth waiting for Gold. But it is our Eventing Team; William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson, Zara Phillips, Mary King and Kristina Cook that brought home the first medal, a Silver, in a truly splendid performance. And Will Fox-Pitt who kept us entertained and informed throughout the games with his marvelous blog – Will’s Blog.

 

Caroline Powell riding Lenamore, she won Burghley in 2010 - can she do it again? Courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

Caroline Powell riding Lenamore, she won Burghley in 2010 – can she do it again? Courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

 

With the exception of Zara Phillips and Nicola Wilson, all the team will be at Burghley, as will local Kelso rider and resident, Caroline Powell, who took home a Bronze medal for her efforts with the New Zealand Eventing Team. Well done Caroline, congratulations!

 

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails, 2 September 2011

Equestrians of tomorrow: Piggy French riding Zeno Das Gluck winner of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse 5 year old final, courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Houghton.

 

The competition starts with two days of dressage in the main arena on Thursday 30th August. Thursday is also the day the inter-branch Pony Club show jumping takes place in Ring 2 and on Friday Ring 2 plays host to the popular Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals.

 

 

 

Saturday is cross-country day – 80 horse and rider combinations will test their mettle as they tackle the famous fences around the Burghley course and the competition comes to its climax with show jumping on Sunday to determine who will carry home the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy. Above, Captain Mark Phillips walkand talks his way round his infamous course of 33 distinctive and challenging fences. Three fences from the Olympic Show Jumping will also be putting in an appearance at Burghley, including the love-it/hate-it ‘Planet’ fence, keep up to date at Burghley’s Facebook page.

 

William Fox-Pitt Burghley 2011

William Fox-Pitt has won Burghley a record six times – there’s a lot of talent riding in those britches. Courtesy Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials/Kit Hougton.

 

Last year William Fox-Pitt became, on his sixth win, the most successful rider ever at Burghley and we look forward to seeing if he can do it again.