With Olympic eventing now in the rearview, I’m sure I’m not alone in scrambling around for the next big thing to get revved up about. As far as four-star events go, we can take comfort in the fact that Burghley Horse Trials (Sept. 1-4) is fast approaching.
This preview features local riders Simon Grieve and Sarah Cohen, course designer Capt. Mark Phillips and event director Liz Inman.
Mark, who unveiled this year’s course on Wednesday, says the 2016 route goes the same way round as last year: “Riders found that quite difficult and I think they are still, in their heads, trying to find the best way to do that.”
Meanwhile Liz notes that five Rio Olympic medalists will be at Burghley this year, plus an impressive spread of rookies and rematchers. “We’ve got strength in depth with a lot of first-timers as well, and we’ve got some local riders so I think it will be a very exciting competition,” she says.
Among this year’s 90+ entries are several Americans: Phillip Dutton with Fernhill Fugitive, Leah Lang-Gluscic with AP Prime, Holly Payne with Never Outfoxed, Bunnie Sexton with Rise Against, Elisa Wallace with Simply Priceless, and Libby Head with Sir Rockstar. You can view the full entry list here.
Samantha Clark is going to be EN’s boots on the ground at Burghley this year, and with so many captivating narratives in the air we can’t wait to see how it all plays out! Go Eventing.
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