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Friday, September 05, 2008  •  10:49 GMT

Rain fails to dampen Burghley

Rain fails to dampen Burghley


There may be rain forecast but there are still plenty of reasons to come to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this weekend – as long as you come prepared. The remaining half of the drawn field of competitors have yet to do their dressage, British Olympic dressage rider Laura Bechtolsheimer will be putting on a display of grand prix dressage to music, over 600 tradestands are open for business and the best of the country’s young event horses will be vying for the title of Burghley Young Event Horse.

While wellies will be the order of the day for humans the going underfoot for the horses is of course in pristine condition.

“We maintain the course all year,” said Clerk of the course Philip Herbert. “Lots of areas are drained and other parts are on limestone so the water gets away quickly. I don’t expect it to be perfect but it will be in good shape.” The entrances are running smoothly and car parks, which are on old turf are in good condition.

The second day of dressage has started and the finals of The Burghley Young Event Horse are taking place in ring two. FEI judges Sue Stewart and Nick Burton will be assessing the dressage, producers John Roberts and Pam Warren a BSJA judge, the show jumping, Mary Woods, Secretary of the Yorkshire Sport Horse Society the conformation and international Irish rider and judge Eric Smiley the top ten for suitability and potential. Five year-olds will be in the ring this morning and four-year-olds this afternoon.