The Hurly at Burghley
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.