The annual Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials have been voted Britain’s ‘Best of British’ equestrian event by readers of prestigious equine magazine Horse & Hound.
The annual event, which was founded in 1961 and takes place every September in the grounds of Burghley House, regularly attracts over 160,000 visitors across its four days of competition. It is renowned as one of the toughest riding challenges in the World and regularly attracts top riders from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, USA, France and Germany.
Described by Horse and Hound as a ‘beacon at the end of the season, where spectators can bask in the glory of the house as they watch the elite of the eventing world swing into action’, the Stamford-based event beat many prestigious names to the top spot including The Grand National, Royal Ascot and Olympia Horse Show.
Commenting on the vote, Sarah Jenkins, Horse and Hound Content Director said: “We asked Horse & Hound’s web audience to vote for the event they considered to be the most ‘British’, with the purpose of creating this feature for our ‘Best of British’ special issue.
“No matter how opulent or extravagant the rest of the world’s events become, nothing beats the joy of experiencing horse sport at its best in stunning, horse-loving Blighty. At Burghley, with its delightful backdrop and in many ways enviable position at the end of the eventing calendar, we equestrian enthusiasts have the opportunity to see some of the best horses and riders in the world on top form, in a beautiful and thoroughly British setting.”
Elizabeth Inman, Event Director at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials added: “There are so many wonderful equestrian events in Great Britain that it is truly a great accolade to be chosen by readers of Horse and Hound as the ‘Best of British’. It’s great not just for us, but for the local area.
“What makes Land Rover Burghley unique is not just the elite competition and extensive shopping but the involvement and support of the local community, be it as volunteers, staff, exhibitors, competitors or visitors.”
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