One of the most important dates in the equestrian calendar, The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is almost upon us again. This four day event, from 30st August – 2nd September, is held at the stately Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire. It attracts top riders from all over the world and over 160,000 visitors a year.
Joules has had a stand at Burghley for over 25 years – as a brand that was established on the equestrian and country show circuit, these prestigious horse trials are something we all look forward to. It’s one of our favourite events of the season, so we’ve put together a brief guide to Burghley Horse Trials to help you get the most out of your visit.
Burghley has four days for you to choose from, each one jam-packed with sport and entertainment. Thursday and Friday have an amazing offering of dressage, where horse and rider perform spectacular routines, along with plenty of smaller classes, displays, great food and obviously lots of shops (including our award-winning Joules stand) to keep everyone entertained.
Saturday is cross country day, by far the busiest day, so be sure to leave plenty of time to get parked up, as some of the world’s best riders will be setting off from as early as 11am. The course is approximately 4 miles long and makes for nail biting viewing (especially at the lake) so pop on your walking boots and take a wander around.
This 4* course designed by Capt Mark Phillips is not for the faint hearted. With 32 challenging fences it is the ultimate test of horse and rider.
For every horse and rider who completes the dressage and cross country stages it’s on to the last element on Sunday; show jumping. The finale is edge-of-your-seat viewing. Just the slightest tip of a pole and the rider in the lead can lose this prestigious title in a heartbeat. You can hear a pin drop, this is definitely not to be missed.
Be prepared to do a lot of walking over the four day event, so opt for comfortable and easy-to-wear layers and footwear that will cope with the park’s uneven terrain. The weather can range from blazing sunshine to torrential rain, so it’s best to be prepared for any eventuality.
For outfit ideas, have a peek at our Style Spotting At Burghley Post here.
When you’re not engrossed in the action there are over 600 carefully selected stalls for you to discover. Come and visit our award-winning Joules stand (B2). Plus, check out Joules’ dedicated men’s stand (B4) – perfect for every adventurous and dapper chap. And that’s not all – this year you can ‘Putt Your Way to Prizes’, with lots of brilliantly British prizes to be won.
Come and discover the heritage-inspired Official Burghley Collection by Joules, including new stylish and hardwearing pieces for every member of the family, from the smallest to the tallest.
There is a fantastic selection of food and drink available to enjoy at the event, ranging from international-inspired stalls to British produce, much of which is local to the area. In short, there’s something to cater for all tastes. Of course, there’s always the option to pack a picnic too.
Well behaved dogs, on short not extending leads, are welcome at Burghley so they can enjoy the event with you. Don’t forget a bowl to offer them water stops throughout the day and, should they be in need of a break from the fun, you can always check them into the dog crèche, newly sited adjacent to the Exhibition Village.
Will you be at Burghley Horse Trials this year? See you there! Have any tips and tricks for visitors? Share them with us in the comments below…