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Monday, June 18, 2012  •  13:59 BST

NEW DATE ADDED FOR DUBARRY BURGHLEY YOUNG EVENT HORSE SERIES

Bad weather may have forced the cancellation of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier due to be held at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, but there is still plenty of opportunity to qualify for the final of this prestigious series - with 14 more qualifiers up and down the country, plus the addition of a new date making it a total of 15 qualifiers before the final at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Thursday 30 August – Sunday 2 September 2012.

An extra qualifier will be held at Field House Equestrian Centre, Staffs, on Wednesday 1 August. This will be in addition to the competition already scheduled at the venue for Thursday 19 July.

The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse class, for four- and five-year-old potential young event horses tests the skill and athleticism of the horse. Each horse performs a short dressage test, completes a round of show jumps, is examined in hand for conformation and type and then the top 10 come forward for final judging.

There have been many illustrious winners. Tina Cook’s 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Miner’s Frolic is a past five-year-old champion, while Pippa Funnell’s 2003 Burghley and Rolex Grand Slam winner Primmore’s Pride won the final in 1998.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Event Director Elizabeth Inman said: “Over the past 25 years we have seen the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse series grow in popularity and stature. The final is now not only an integral part of the main event, but it is also recognised as the ultimate showcase for young event horses.”

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