Counting down to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

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Counting down to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
Counting down to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

This weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (30 August-2 September) looks set to provide a thrilling climax to the HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012 series, with a bumper international entry.

The organisers have received a record entry and will run up to 90 horses representing 11 nations.

Olympians in the field include Germany’s team gold medallist Dirk Schrade on Hop And Skip, plus silver medallists William Fox-Pitt with last year’s winner Parklane Hawk and Seacookie, and Mary King on her home-bred mare Kings Temptress, third last year.

Four members of New Zealand’s bronze medal team will also be competing: Andrew Nicholson, who brings Avebury, the runner-up in 2011, Mark Todd (Major Milestone), Jonathan Paget (Clifton Lush) and Caroline Powell (Boston Two Tip).

There will also be strong competition from the group of Olympic reserves.

Britain’s Lucy Wiegersma with Simon Porloe and Granntevka Prince, Ireland’s Sam Watson riding Horseware Bushman, Australia’s Megan Jones on Kirby Park Allofasudden and former World Champion Jean Teulere (Matelot du Grand Val) are all hot on the trail.

"The park looks in the best condition I can remember and the footing is perfect," says course designer Mark Phillips. "The course is still at the longer distance of around 11.5 minutes used last year and the big fences are still there. The technical fences may be a touch easier, but this is a true CCI4* track and I’m excited about it. With Olympic fever still in the air, this could be a very special Burghley."

For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk

 

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