Happy Friday, chums, from a remote field in a jolly corner of rural Lincolnshire! (Nah, I’m kidding, I’m in a Holiday Inn Express in Peterborough, eating pizza and calculating dressage margins. Try to tell me the life of an equestrian journalist isn’t a glamorous one. Just TRY.) Today’s Friday video is, I’m afraid, sans entry information — mainly because I’ve got a course preview to wrap up for you all. You win some, you lose some, and Burghley madness is one helluva drug.
Speaking of Burghley, their official charity this year is the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which provides support to the British Army’s Nepalese soldiers and their families. To raise awareness of their mission — and to show off the enormous dimensions of this year’s course — four of these intrepid soldiers took to the track on foot for Horse&Hound. We rather think that press-ups in the Cottesmore Leap should be a mandatory condition of completion, frankly. Get stuck into the brilliant video and take your first look at the colossal course before tomorrow’s competition kicks off — it’s a big’un, but somehow this lot make it seem almost – dare we say it? – easy. Almost.