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History

It was in 1961 that the Marquess of Exeter, on hearing that the autumn three-day event at Harewood could no longer be held, invited the British Horse Society to transfer the event to his estate. In its second year, 1962, Burghley ran the F.E.I.'s European Championship - in total Burghley has run two World Championships (1966 and 1974), six European Championships (1962, 1971,1977, 1985, 1989 and 1997) and one Young Riders European Championship (1978).

There have been six course designers : Bill Thomson, M.R.C.V.S. 1961 - 1983, Lt.-Col. Henry Nicoll, D.S.O., O.B.E., 1975, Philip Herbert 1984 - 1988, Capt. Mark Phillips, C.V.O., 1989 - 1996 and 1998 - 2000, Mike Tucker 1997 and 2001, Wolfgang Feld 2002 - 2004 and Capt. Mark Phillips, C.V.O., 2005 -.

William Fox-Pitt is our most successful competitor, having won the Event six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011) with Virginia Elliott (nee Holgate) and Mark Todd winning an impressive five times (Virginia Elliott in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989; Mark Todd in 1987, 1990, 1991, 1997 and 1999). Lorna Clarke, (nee Sutherland) has completed the Burghley event more times than any other rider, 16 times between 1967 and 1989. Finally, only one horse has won Burghley twice: Priceless in 1983 and 1985.

Individual Records

William Fox-Pitt, Virginia Elliott, (nee Holgate) and Mark Todd are the most successful riders to compete at Burghley - William Fox-Pitt having won six times in 1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011.  Virginia Elliott  has won five times in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989; Mark Todd has also won five times in 1987, 1990, 1991, 1997 and 1999. Lorna Clarke, (nee Sutherland) has completed the Burghley event more times than any other rider, 16 times between 1967 and 1989. Finally, only one horse has won Burghley twice: Priceless in 1983 and 1985.

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