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Tuesday, June 24, 2008  •  10:21 GMT


A grand prix dressage display by British Olympic hope Laura Bechtolsheimer is among the list of arena attractions at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials(4-7 September 2008).
While dressage displays have long been a feature at Burghley it will be the first time that 23-year-old Laura, a member of the British dressage team for the last two years, has taken a lead role in the main arena. The former national champion will be performing two demonstrations on Friday – at lunchtime and at the end of the day – giving a display of grand prix dressage to music with her former team ride Douglas Dorsey.
On Thursday, Ring 2 is dedicated to the Pony Club Team Show Jumping. This annual competition, contested last year by 37 teams, has become one of the highlights of the Pony Club calendar. Also taking place on Thursday, in the main arena at lunchtime, will be a ridden parade of event horse and graded stallions.
Friday will be the day for eventers of the future with the showcase finals of the Burghley Loddon Young Event Horse competition. Two highly competitive classes, for four- and five-year-olds, judged over four phases will take place in Ring 2 to decide the winners of this much coveted title.
Ring 2 will be kept busy on Sunday; hosting a Horse of the Year Show qualifier for the popular SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Show Championship followed by the finals of the SEIB P(UK) Burghley Event Pony competition. In the main arena the elegance of a bygone era, yet much in keeping with the backdrop of Burghley House, is highlighted with the Concours d’Elegance a competition for the best turned out horse, carriage and driver while not to be outshone donkeys will also show their mettle in a Parade of Donkey Driving. And in keeping with the annual Burghley tradition the prize giving will be preceded by a Parade of Foxhounds.
“We have a full and varied programme of events taking place alongside the main competition with something for enthusiasts of all equestrian disciplines as well as our regular ardent eventing supporters,” said Elizabeth Inman, Director of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. “We particularly look forward to welcoming Laura Bechtolsheimer on her first visit here and wish her all the best in her bid for a place in our Olympic dressage team.”