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Guide to Burghley Horse Trials


Budding photographer Nicola Todd will be taking over the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Twitter page throughout this year’s event. Here she gives us a quick round up of what not to miss at our favourite event!


Excitement is rising as the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials draws closer. From the 4th – 7th September we will see some of the worlds top riders doing spectacular dressage tests, battling the 4* cross country course and the nail biting show jumping rounds.


There is something for everyone at this event, whether you come to watch or to simply do some shopping with over 650 trade stands attending.  It really is a fantastic weekend and one of my personal favourites.


What day to attend.


Wednesday:  The first day of the event where competitors will be presenting their horses for the first inspection.

Thursday & Friday: Dressage on both days, great for shopping as generally it is quieter than the weekend. 

Saturday: Cross Country day, this is definitely a favourite for many spectators as competitors set out to tackle this incredibly big course. Please try to arrive early as the queues can get very long to get into the event.

Sunday: The final day of the event where the show jumping takes place. Riders jump in reverse order with the highest placed going last.

There is also pony club team jumping during the event.


Things to do:

After parking, why not come to our fabulous Joules stand and treat yourself to something from our new official Burghley collection! For more information on the shopping village please visit: www.burghley-horse.co.uk  

Also keep an eye out for rider interviews taking place in the Celebrity Talk Area.

Joules stand number:

Our Main Joules Stands :B2

Our Official Collection: A40

Our Little Joule Stand : B23


What to wear:

What to wear for a day out can sometimes be tricky as the weather can change dramatically. Definitely bring a jacket and wellies for all days and wellies/walking boots for the Cross Country day.  An extra layer is always good as September can start to feel a little chilly.

What to take:

There is a wide selection of food choices at the Food Walk area, however you may decide to bring your own picnic which is always a wonderful idea, especially sitting by the Cross Country course.


Anything else:

If you are staying locally in Stamford and looking for somewhere good to eat, I would highly recommend The London Inn on St. Johns street, great food and staff!


Have an amazing weekend and hope to see some of you there!


To see more of Nicola’s photography be sure to take a look at her Facebook Page





Hurray, am back competing! I have never been so excited at riding at West Wilts Horse Trials before – and I rode a winner!!! Dan (King Dan) had his first eventing win in the BE100, Zippy (Mr Hiho) came 2nd in the ON, Lottie (Kings Choice) jumped a double clear in the ON finishing 9th. I am riding Mr Hiho, Emily’s usual ride, for the time being. He had been a bit naughty so Patsy Mason his owner and Emily and I thought it best if I ride him at a few events – it’s hard for Emily as she loves him and has done all the work so far.
July went well for Emily, and following a very successful number of events was selected for the Junior European Championships with Brookleigh, and Zara as a direct reserve. This is Emily’s 4th and final Junior Europeans, as she will be up into the Young Rider age bracket next year, so fingers crossed! Following final team training the junior squad moved up to Bishop Burton, Yorks. where the Euros are taking place this week. Mum and I are going up tomorrow, Freddie and David on Friday. Fingers crossed for Team GB and Emily and Brook!
My book is finished and at the printers now, hope to see many of you at Burghley for the launch. I will be at the Celebrity Talk Area from Sept 3rd- 7th.
It’s lovely to see dear Archie (Imperial Cavalier) and Urco (Fernhill Urco, who I came 2nd with at the Rolex CCI**** in Kentucky in 2011) going so well at a lower level for Yaz Ingham, a very talented junior rider who is based at the Davies (the owners) wonderful yard in Cheshire.
Sapey and Wellington are my next couple of events – it is great to be back on track!!