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Thursday, April 19, 2007  •  00:00 GMT


For the first time ever The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in conjunction with Goodyear tyres – the official Safety and Innovation partner for British Eventing, is offering people a one-off opportunity to help theme a fence for the world-famous cross-country course.

The search is on to find budding designers to create a theme for a new cross-country jump, with the best one being developed by Burghley’s official course designer Captain Mark Phillips and incorporated in the cross country course at Burghley.

Ron Pike, spokesperson for Goodyear said: “At Goodyear we are very proud of the innovations we have made to improve safety for motorists, and the partnership with British Eventing will enable us to help support ongoing developments to minimise accidents at horse trials.

“Goodyear has already begun to champion this with their funding of a new software program to be used to collect data on fences and falls making it quicker to analyse and help reduce the risk to horse and rider.

“We look forward to receiving lots of different innovative themes, with the most creative two being incorporated into the existing template and put on show at the prestigious trials, which this year is being held from 30 August to 2 September.

“Each fence has to meet strict safety criteria so we are looking for theming concepts rather than a final fence design, as the theme will need to be modified and revised to pass the guidelines set out.”

There will be two categories for the competition - adults and under 16’s with a prize for each sector. The winner of the adult class will win VIP hospitality for two at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on 1st September and the under 16’s winner will be invited with their family (maximum family of four) to preview the course, receive a framed print of their theme signed by Captain Mark Phillips, and have an exclusive tour of the stables.

For full details and an application form log onto The deadline for entries is 18 May, when designs will be posted onto the Goodyear website and people can vote for their favourite concept.

The top designs will then be judged by Captain Mark Phillips, Goodyear and the Burghley Horse Trials at the beginning of June.