Burghley’s Back – And Here’s How to Watch It, Wherever You Are

Pippa Funnell wins Burghley – again. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’d never advocate wishing one’s life away — but we’d be telling a dirty rotten fib if we said we haven’t been quietly counting down the days ’til the return of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials here at EN. After three years off the boil, due to that pesky pandemic situation, it’s back and looking better than ever, with a new directorial team, a new course designer in Derek di Grazia, and an exciting field of entries from around the world. In simple terms, what we’ve got here is nigh on a week of live-streaming action to glue ourselves to, and we couldn’t be happier.

Like Badminton this spring, Burghley is running its own streaming subscription service, which will cost £20 ($23.47) for the year and includes plenty of archival content. You’ll not only get wall-to-wall coverage of each phase of this week’s action (including horse inspections!), plus a course preview, behind-the-scenes features, the finale of the Burghley Young Event Horse class, and daily magazine programmes — you’ll also be able to watch highlights shows going back to 1990. To sign up, click here.

British-based viewers won’t have the option of tuning in to Burghley via BBC’s red button service this year, but there will be a two-hour highlights programme broadcast on Sunday, September 4, on BBC2. As always, too, we’ll have boots on the ground covering the event from pillar to post, with in-depth reports and plenty of bonus content lined up each day.

Fancy popping in to catch some of the action live? Advance ticket sales have now ended, but you will be able to pay on the gate. Here’s a look at what you’ll get for your entrance charge each day:

Wednesday 31st August    

16.00  (11.00 a.m. EST) Main Arena: First Horse Inspection

Thursday 1st September

7.30: Gates Open

8.00 – 9.30  Members Only: Breakfast served in the Members’ Enclosure

9.00 – 17.30: Shops Open

9.00 – 17.00 (4.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m. EST) Main Arena: Dressage

12.30 approx. Main Arena: Yogi Breisner Jumping Masterclass

9.00 – 17.00 Ring 2: LeMieux Pony Club Team Jumping Competition

18.00: Showground Closes

Friday 2nd September

7.30: Gates Open

8.00 – 9.30 Members Only: Breakfast served in the Members’ Enclosure

9.00 – 17.30: Shops Open

9.00 – 17.00 (4.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m. EST) Main Arena: Dressage

12.30 Main Arena: Carl Hester Dressage Masterclass

9.00 – 17.00 (4.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m. EST) Ring 2: Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Final

18.00: Showground Closes

Saturday 3rd September

7.30: Gates Open

8.00 – 9.30 Members Only: Breakfast served in the Members’ Enclosure

9.00 – 17.30: Shops Open

10.30 approx: Shetland Pony Grand National

11.00 – 17.00 (6.00 a.m. — 12.00 p.m. EST): Cross Country

18.00: Showground Closes

Sunday 4th September

7.30: Gates Open

8.00 – 9.30 Members Only: Breakfast served in the Members’ Enclosure

9.00 – 17.00: Shops Open

9.00 (4.00 a.m. EST) Main Arena: Final Horse Inspection

10.30 (5.30 a.m. EST) Main Arena: Showjumping

12.00 Main Arena: The Fell Pony Society Display

12.20 Main Arena: Racehorse to Riding Horse (HOYS) Qualifier

13.55 Main Arena: Military Band

14.30 (9.30 a.m. EST) Main Arena: Showjumping

15.25 Main Arena: Parade of Hounds

15.40 (10.40 a.m. EST) Main Arena: Presentation of Prizes

9.00 – 17.00 Ring 2: BSPS Gold Cup Sports Pony Competition

17.00: Showground Closes (No admittance to Burghley Park after 15.30)

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