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Thursday, August 19, 2010  •  17:05 GMT


Last year’s winning rider, Oliver Townend (27) has declared his intention to defend the title with his winning horse Carousel Quest, at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (September 2-5). Oliver, one of 105 international entries, will have to overcome some serious opposition from many of the world’s leading riders and horses who will also endeavour to secure the first prize of £50,000 and The Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy. If their challenge is successful, Oliver and Carousel Quest will add their names to the record books as the first horse and rider combination to win the title two years running since Burghley Horse Trials was initiated in 1961.

Course Designer, Captain Mark Phillips has revealed his 30-fence course, that starts and ends in front of Burghley House which he assures will maintain “Burghley’s reputation of testing the skill, training and athleticism of both horse and rider”.

This exciting International competition commences on Thursday 2nd September and continues over the weekend. Running alongside there is also the Burghley Pony Club Team Jumping in Ring Two and the Finals of the Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse classes which aim to talent spot the equine stars of the future.

There will be a dressage display in the Main Ring on Friday, presented by international trainer Ferdi Eilberg and his children; Maria, a member of the British dressage team heading for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky at the end of September, and Michael also an international rider.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials would not be Burghley without a visit to the 500 selected trade stands that make up the familiar avenues and shopping pavilions offering something for everyone, including specialist foods, clothing, bespoke furniture and tailoring, crafts, jewellery and equestrian products from around the country.