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Thursday, June 18, 2009  •  10:30 BST

DRESSAGE AND STALLIONS TAKE CENTRE STAGE

Dressage and stallions take centre stage at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Dressage displays with international trainer Ferdi Eilberg and a sport horse stallion parade are two of the arena highlights at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (3-6 September).

Former British dressage team medallist Ferdi Eilberg, who is also much in demand as a trainer of event horses and dressage horses, will be orchestrating two main-arena dressage displays on the Friday of the Trials. The demonstrations will be a family affair as Ferdi will be assisted in the arena by his daughter Maria (25), last year’s reserve for the British Olympic team and current National Champion and son Michael (23), who holds the advanced-medium championship title. Both are members of the World Class Performance squads.

On Friday lunchtime the lead body for British Performance Sport Horses and Ponies (PSHP) will be staging a parade of sport horse stallions. This year the parade of 20 graded stallions will take place in Ring 2 during the break between the four- and five-year-old classes of the Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse finals, providing further interest for those interested in the breeding of future event and sport horses.

“We are delighted to welcome Ferdi and his family to Burghley and I know we can look forward to two inspirational displays of top class dressage as well as a great presentation of British-based sport horse stallions organised by the PSHP. I am sure the change of day and venue for the stallion parade will benefit stallion owners and breeders and provide a great showcase for British breeding in front of the knowledgeable crowd that already attends the young event horse finals,” said Event Director, Elizabeth Inman.

Pony Club Team Jumping takes place on Thursday in Ring 2 which on Sunday hosts the Ponies (UK) event pony finals as well as a qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship.