The Burghley That Wasn’t: Tune In for a Virtual Celebration All Weekend

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It’s the Burghley weekend that wasn’t, and I for one am particularly bummed as this was to be my first trip to the biggest, baddest five-star in the world. Alas, there are bigger things to worry about in the world, but this weekend sure will be a quiet one, comparatively speaking.

However, there’s no reason to lose all hope! The great minds on the Burghley organizing and logistics team have been toiling hard to put together a virtual celebration of Burghley’s past, present, and future all weekend long. In addition, we’ll be running some special Burghley look backs throughout the weekend, so you’ll want to stay tuned.

Here’s what’s on tap over on the Burghley website this weekend:

Friday, September 4: Online shopping – who isn’t game for this? Shop a long list of vendors all day long in the Burghley virtual trade fair.

Saturday, September 5: The Burghley media team will unveil archived videos and other content all day right on the website. We’re surely in for a treat, just looking at the list of recent winners that will likely make appearances: Pippa Funnell, Tim Price, Oliver Townend, Chris Burton, Andrew Nicholson (and a Nicholson hat trick, at that), and the list goes on and on. We can’t wait to tune in.

Sunday, September 6 at 8 am EST/3 pm BST: Clare Balding presents the All-Star Sunday Program, which will feature:

  • Strictly Dressage with five time Olympian Carl Hester MBE & international Dressage & Eventing Judge Nick Burton
  • Sir Mark Todd gives an insight into his new Racing career
  • 2019 Champion Pippa Funnell talks to us from The Billy Stud
  • World No.1 Oliver Townend reveals how he dealt with lockdown & the new normal for Eventing
  • Clare Balding talks The Road To Tokyo with Dickie Waygood and Henry Bullen
  • We meet the new Land Rover Burghley Course Designer Derek di Grazia and bid farewell to Captain Mark Phillips as they talk Cross Country.
  • Tune in to find out who will be crowned the Ultimate Burghley Champion (voted for by social media followers) while taking you on a Burghley Odyssey, reflecting on some of the most memorable moments of the Event’s past

Go Eventing.