The Ultimate Guide to Burghley Horse Trials

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here: we’re smack in the middle of Burghley week, and the biggest five-star event in the world is back with a bang, a new organising team, a new designer, and plenty of those iconic, enormous fences that make the Lincolnshire, England competition so fearsome. We’ll be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage throughout the week here on EN, and to help you stay up to date with all the info you need, including the latest reports, schedules, live-stream info, form guides, and more, we’ve created a handy guide that you can bookmark and refer to throughout the week. Want to see the latest news? Just refresh and scroll to the coverage section at the bottom of the page for the freshest articles as they’re published. But first: the fine details.

THE COMPETITION:

We’ve waited since 2019, and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is finally back. The iconic CCI5* competition, which began in 1961, is the third Rolex Grand Slam leg of 2022 — but there’s a fresh slate here, as Badminton winner Laura Collett doesn’t have a horse entered. The dressage test will be FEI CCI5* B, the same used at Kentucky, Badminton, and the forthcoming World Championships.

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

Most crucially? A shot at the highly-coveted Burghley trophy, a slew of extra prizes and awards, and a share of the £323,500 prize pot, which has been off-limits since 2019 due to the pandemic. Beyond that? There’s also a battle for FEI World Rankings points as the likes of the Price family and Pippa Funnell work to topple Oliver Townend from the number one slot.

THE LINE-UP: 

Seven nations will come forward to fight for the coveted Burghley title, including a slew of entries from the US and France, an Aussie double header, some very good Irish hands, and a single entry for The Netherlands. In total, we’ve got 57 entries across 53 riders, and you can meet them all in our jam-packed form guide, which is in drawn order for maximum ease of use.

THE OFFICIALS: 

There’s a truly top-notch cast of ground jury members on duty at Burghley. New Zealand’s Andrew Bennie will serve as president of the ground jury, while Austria’s Katrin Eichinger-Kniely and Great Britain’s Judy Hancock will work alongside him. The FEI Technical Delegate for the week is Great Britain’s Philip Surl, assisted by Andrew Temkin of the USA. The cross-country course will be designed for the first time by Derek di Grazia, who has been in charge of Kentucky for years and takes over from Captain Mark Phillips, and will be assisted by Adrian Ditcham. On Sunday, the remaining field will tackle a tough course on grass, designed by Paul Connor.

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[Times are listed in local time as well as EST, when they pertain to live-streams]

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

9.45 – 15.45 (4.45 a.m. — 10.40 a.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

10.00 – 16.00 (5.00 a.m. — 11.00 a.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

11.30 – 16.00 (6.30 a.m. — 11.00 a.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

9.30 (4.30 a.m. EST) Main Arena: Final Horse Inspection

11.00 (6.00 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)

HOW TO FOLLOW: 

For the first year, the BBC won’t be broadcasting Burghley — well, not in its entirety, anyway. You’ll be able to watch all the action, including trot-ups, by subscribing to BurghleyTV for a one-off price of £20. This gives you access to the livestream, wherever you are in the world, as well as hours of archive footage from prior events, peaks behind the scenes, course previews, and profiles. If you’re in Britain, you can turn to BBC2 to watch a two hour highlight programme on Sunday, September 4.

You can also sign up for our FREE Burghley Daily Digest email — full of updates, links, photos, and stories — which will begin sending on the evening of Wednesday, August 31. [Click here to sign up]

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Accounts: Burghley Horse TrialsCrossCountry App, Horse&Hound, FEI Eventing, and Equestrian Team GBR. Don’t forget to follow EN, toowe’ll be bringing you all the insanity in the middle you could possibly need! (And if you’d like to see the real behind-the-scenes life of an EN journo on tour, you certainly can. #shamelessplug) Want to know the juiciest stats throughout the competition? Make sure you follow EquiRatings.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4:
Burghley Daily Digest: Sunday

“You Dream it Could Be You, But it Just As Easily Might Never Be”: Piggy March Takes 2022 Burghley Victory

One Last Hurrah: The Final Land Rover Burghley Live Update Thread

The Best of Burghley: Your Big, Bold Cross-Country Day Social Round-Up

Two Held – Including One From Top Ten – in Burghley Final Horse Inspection

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3:
Burghley Daily Digest: Saturday

Beware the Rides of March: Piggy Takes Over Burghley Lead in Action-Packed Cross-Country Day

“I Was Sick by the Joules Combination!”: Riders React to Derek di Grazia’s New-Look Burghley Course

It’s Here! Big, Bad Burghley Returns and Here are Your Live XC Updates

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2:

That’s Dressage, Done and Dusted: Friday’s Social Media from Burghley

Burghley Daily Digest: Friday

“I Burst into Tears Like a Baby!”: Kitty King Leads the Way at Conclusion of Burghley Dressage

“He Goes Into Black Horse Mode”: Tim Price Takes Friday Morning Burghley Lead with Vitali

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Day 2 Live Updates

Land Rover Burghley Dressage Day 2 Live Updates

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:

Thursday Morning at Burghley: Reigning Champion Heads up Global Top Five

“He Has Such Belief in Himself:” Sarah Bullimore Takes Day One Lead at Burghley

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Dressage Day 1 Live Updates

Thursday at Burghley: A Social Media Recap

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31:

One Horse Held; All Accepted in Ebullient First Horse Inspection at Burghley

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Walk Burghley’s Biggest Questions with Laura Collett

THE ESSENTIALS:

Burghley At A Glance: Meet the Riders of the 2022 Field

Burghley At A Glance: Meet the Horses of the 2022 Field

Back to Burghley: Your Bumper Guide to Every Horse and Rider in the 2022 Field

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

PRE-EVENT COVERAGE:

Oliver Townend Takes Pathfinder Role at Burghley (Again)

Burghley Entry Update: The Return Beckons

Keep Calm and Entry-Stalk: The Burghley List is Taking Shape

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