The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, one of the most popular sporting events in the UK, took place last week (from Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 September) at Burghley House.
Acknowledged globally by leading riders as their ultimate competitive goal, the equestrian event attracts fantastic crowds from across the country.
Exhilarating equestrian action took place alongside shopping avenues, specialist food stalls, and a plethora of other attractions and activities on offer.
Martyn Johnson, new director of Land Rover Burghley, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring Burghley back after the two years lost to the Covid pandemic.”
There was no shortage of prizes handed out at the end of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, including:
Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy, awarded to the winning owner. A miniature replica will also be awarded to the owner and the rider of the winning horse: Trevor Dickens
Burghley Challenge Cup, awarded to the winning rider: Piggy March
Henry Tate Challenge Cup, awarded to the owners of the second horse: Sarah Webb, Patricia Davenport & Millie Simmie
Sugden Challenge Trophy, awarded to the rider of the second horse: Tom Jackson
Stamford Challenge Cup, awarded to the owners of the third horse: Joe & Alex Giannamore
Silver photo frame, awarded by Dawson of Stamford Ltd to the rider of the third horse: Tim Price
Miniature of the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy, awarded to the highest placed first-timer: Tom Jackson & Capels Hollow Drift
Plaques, awarded to all owners whose horses complete the competition, and to any athlete completing who is not the owner of the horse.
Richard Matson Memorial Trophy, and £1,000, will be presented by the British Horse Foundation to the breeder of the highest placed British bred horse, provided it finishes in the top 20: Elaine Hepworth for Classic Moet
Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain Bronze, awarded to the owner of the highest placed horse sired by an SHB(GB) Graded Stallion or HIS Premium Stallion, provided it finishes in the top 12: Trisha Rickards, Sophie Rickards and the rider
Scholarship for two embryos, awarded by Twemlows Stud farm to the owner of the highest placed British domiciled mare to finish in the top 20: Trevor Dickens for Vanir Kamira
The Avebury Trophy, presented by Mark and Rosemary Barlow in memory of their three-times Burghley winner, to the rider of the best cross-country round as judged by Captain Mark Phillips: Jonelle Price for Classic Moet
Peden Bloodstock Horse Care Prize, to the grooms of the best-cared-for horses, in recognition of their hard work and dedication. Winner: Fraser Kirby for his care of Helen Wilson’s My Ernie Runner up: Sarah Charnley for her care of Ros Canter’s Pencos Crown Jewel
The Worshipful Company of Farriers Best Shod Horse Award, judged by Chris McCabe: Stephen Hill for Angus Smales’ ESI Pheonix
Unsung Hero Award, in memory of Justin Llewellyn: Sue Browne. Sue has been involved with horse trials for as long as anyone can remember. She was extremely influential in the creation of the Burghley Young Event Horse series alongside Bill Henson, and has been on the Burghley organising committee for years.
Vice-Presidencies: Captain Mark Phillips and Jane Holderness-Roddam
Picture: © Peter Nixon / Nixonphoto