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  1. The ups and downs of Burghley Horse Trials

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    Is there another sport that puts so many obstacles, literal and metaphorical, in the way of actually completing a competition as horse trials? Maybe the clue is in the word trial, as in the definition ‘a painful and difficult experience’.

    At the beginning of every event, three day or one day, one knows that some riders, owners and grooms will go home disappointed, devastated even, while others go home on cloud nine, thrilled and elated, and will re-live the moment for days and weeks to come.

    The agonies and ecstasies of Burghley are still playing out and, boy, what an emotional roller coaster of an event it has been.

    In the last two hours alone, Emily Lochore went through joy, completing the challenging cross-country with Hexmaleys Hayday, a not very easy horse of unknown breeding that she bought as a four year old with no expectation of four-star events. Success was followed by anxiety — worrying whether the horse was ok — and then relief when he passed the final horse inspection, although the lovely-moving Hayday, who doesn’t like crowds, never looked like he was going to be a casualty of the veterinary panel. Still, the relief was palpable.

    At this stage, riders start to relax, as there is just the matter of a few coloured fences to jump over. For Lochore, though, it suddenly went awry at fence three, the gate, when, on a wrong stride, Hayday skidded into the gate and slipped over. Lochoreended up sitting on the grass, eliminated. Gutted doesn’t even come close to explain how you feel when you leave the main arena on your feet.

    Others who have felt the pain and disappointment, too. Local rider Willa Newton produced one of the fastest rides of the day yesterday and moved up the leader board from 62nd -after dressage to 16th. This morning the horse was withdrawn.

    Jeanette Brakewell rode one of the more professional and tidiest rounds yesterday and was then eliminated at the final horse inspection.

    First-timer Kirsty Short missed a fence on cross country and was eliminated.

    Oliver Townend could be in the lead, was it not for a surprise lurch to the left at the island fence in the trout hatchery in an otherwise foot perfect round.

    William Fox-Pitt must have been rueing the time taken over a cosmetic fence repair, during which the pair lost their mojo and Fox-Pitt, like Short, forgot the fence, although, he corrected his mistake at the cost of time penalties that dropped him from the top spot to unlucky 13th.

    Michael Jung made an expensive error of judgement and ended up floundering in the water, his first fall at an international competition since 2010. He is also in physical pain as Fischerrocana landed on his leg.

    To offset these, we do of course have the opposing tales of delight and joy. So far at Burghley some of these are anyone who is in the top ten but particularly Tim and Jonelle Price who could even hit the record books as a husband and wife one and two! Also, Christopher Burton, who has both his rides in the top five, an impressive achievement.

    American Lynn Symansky achieved the lifetime ambition of competing in the UK at Burghley and jumping a clear cross-country round with her OTTB (off the track thoroughbred, as I learnt this week) Donner.

    British first-timer Charlotte Brear jumped clear on the lovely, honest and willing Manor Missile, a half-bred shire and an unlikely four-star candidate in modern eventing. Brear is also one a few non-professional riders in the field and Manor Missile is her only horse.

    And of course Michael Jung who, as he planned after his first mishap, went to the top of the leaderboard after a fabulous round, if two seconds too slow, aboard his reliable partner Sam, with whom he won his first event in 2006 and subsequently won World (2010), European (2011) and Olympic titles (2012).

    The pair has in fact achieved 20 first places together on their journey to Burghley. Can they make it 21?

    Image: Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy during the cross country at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics, by Trevor Meeks, courtesy of the FEI

  2. Sam proves the perfect partner for Michael Jung at Burghley

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    It was a day of ups and downs at the Land Rover. Burghley Horse Trials, not least for world-number-one Michael Jung.

    As anticipated, he does sit at the top of the leaderboard, albeit with his Olympic-medal partner Sam rather than his dressage leader Fischerrocana, who rather surprisingly gained a big E when she stumbled and fell into the water at the Lion Bridge, having jumped just the first three fences.

    New Zealand husband and wife team, Tim and Jonelle Price, sit in second and third after producing two of the faster rounds of the day, and Australian Christopher Burton is in fourth and fifth, with fellow countryman Bill Levett in sixth.

    Shropshire-based Oliver Townend, the highest placed British rider in ninth, set the standard with a confident trailblazing round on Drumgurrihy Blue, who, despite not being built for speed, came home clear with just 5.6 time penalties.

    It was a cheering performance from the former winner, as many anticipated getting anywhere near the time would be difficult, due to the change in the direction of the course, which meant an early uphill climb to the Cottesmore Leap rather than the freewheel down Winners Avenue, as has been the case for many years.

    After Burton and his first ride Haruzac also gained just a handful of penalties, despite trailing tape from a hind boot all the way round, there was huge anticipation for overnight leader Michael Jung. His first ride round Burghley however lasted just 40 seconds before Jung was floundering in the Lake. He was the only casualty of the day here.

    “It was a stupid mistake,” said the German and with good humour adding, “After the fall, my brother said to me, come on now you have to start fighting as you have already gone up a place and are now in sixth place on Sam.”

    And fight back he did, with a great performance and masterclass of riding on veteran partner Sam, who gave his all, especially in the second half of the course, to come home just three seconds over the time, shooting them up five places. He could even have gone inside the clear but for a rather understandable more cautious approach into the Lake at Lion Bridge.

    “Sam is really assured and confident. I know him really well and we have much experience together,” said Jung. “I was a bit slow at the beginning and when I began to try to make up the time he just fought all the way”.

    Jung’s path to the top was made easier after a huge mistake by six time former Burghley winner William Fox-Pitt. The British favourite, who was in equal first overnight, was going well with Fernhill Pimms when he was held for a considerable time, initially due to a fence repair and then to let the following rider through. Once re-started, William then decided to take the long route at the Land Rover Discovery Valley but, in doing so, forgot one fence and had to double back to rectify his error, thus accruing a great many time faults.

    “I just had a mental blank and I am very sorry to have let the horse down in such a way,” said Fox-Pitt, who is now well out of contention in 13th place.

    Tim Price’s route to the top was not also without its challenges, not least with a lucky route through the Trout Hatchery after Ringwood Sky Boy hit the first element and lurched over three fences. Then, towards the end of the course, the New Zealander felt several sharp stabs on his chest. It transpired he had a wasp down his shirt.

    “To be honest it didn’t affect my cross country. Sky Boy has a long stride and struggles with the more difficult fences but fortunately he is also very honest and has a lot of scope.”

    Wife Jonelle and Tricia Rickard’s little mare, Classic Moët, reproduced the fast and clear form they showed at last year’s WEG and again came home clear well inside the time.

    ” She is a fast one and I have to keep up with her,” said Price, who is the world number three. “I was not sure how it was going to ride but I was pleasantly surprised and the mare was faultless.”

    Burton and TS Jamaimo, who, like Haruzac, is a thoroughbred, also produced a flawless clear and came home with two seconds to spare.

    It all came down to the final rider Oli Townend and his veteran partner Armada, who were in with a chance of going ahead of Jung and Sam.

    His opportunity for another Burghley win disappeared, however, with a run-out at the island fence in the middle of the Trout Hatchery and Townend came home understandably annoyed with himself and also upset.

    Just 1.5 penalties separates the the top two for tomorrow’s showjumping and final phase although Sam has the better record over coloured poles. It is therefore still quite possible that the winner will also be the best first timer.

    Image: Michael Jung and Sam by Ian Patterson, CC BY 2.0

  3. Captain Mark Phillips on the Burghley cross-country course

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    Captain Mark Phillips has described this year’s Land Rovers Burghley Horse Trials cross-country course as “a real four-star test.”

    The Phillips-designed challenge will play a major outcome on Saturday in helping to decide this year’s Burghley winner and the recipient of a £63,000 top prize.

    General opinion among the riders is that he has presented a huge track — and Phillips does not disagree.

    “I haven’t had one particular mission,” he said. “You just work with the ground and try to make it work for the horses.

    “It has turned out quite big, a real four-star test. Some of the riders say it is the biggest they have ever seen, so we hope for fine weather on Saturday and [that] a lot of horses and riders have good rounds.”

    The optimum time looks likely to be fiendishly-difficult to get, and Phillips believes the whole exercise will require a clever, tactical approach.

    “There are five (jumping) efforts in the first minute, seven in the second, and then the hill in the third minute. Then there are not many places where they can get time back,” he added.

    “They are going to have to try to get the time back not in one go, but in increments, which is actually going to make it much more difficult to ride and make it much more of a tactical and thinking exercise.

    “It’s a four-star test, a Burghley track. These days, big fences aren’t normally the ones that cause trouble.

    “I am nervous as hell, and I will stay that way until the last horse gets around safely.

    “But I am pleased that the riders think it’s serious, because if they respect it, they are going to take care and hopefully take care to jump the fences well.”

  4. Why Burghley will be an endurance test

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    Australian challenger Sam Griffiths has predicted an endurance test during the critical cross-country phase of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Saturday.

    The challenge designed by Captain Mark Phillips always ranks among the most demanding on eventing’s world circuit, and 2014-Badminton-winner Griffiths believes this year will be no exception.

    “I’ve had a walk around, and I think it is really testing,” said Griffiths, who produced a solid dressage test and mark of 42.5 penalties aboard his Badminton champion Paulank Brockagh.

    “There are lots and lots of combinations that could catch you out the whole way around the course, and I also think the going is going to be quite sappy on the horses, so it will be quite an endurance test.

    “And some of the jumps are massive, so you are going to need an exceptionally good horse to get round well.”

    Griffiths, who also has his tried and tested campaigner Happy Times in the Burghley field, is bidding to join an elite group of riders that have won Badminton and Burghley on the same horse, and he was delighted with Paulank Brockagh’s start to proceedings.

    “I was really pleased with the test,” Griffiths added. “Paulank Brockagh was nice and calm, and the horse’s marks are going down and down.

    “I love coming to Burghley. It is a beautiful park and house, and it is one that we all want to win. This event is right at the top of my agenda.”

    Image: A fence inspired by the Rugby World Cup at Burghley Horse Trials, by Nixon Photos, courtesy of Burghley Horse Trials

  5. Michael Jung leads overnight at the Burghley Horse Trials

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    German master Michael Jung is off and running — with the potential of more to come on Friday — in his quest for a first British four-star title at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

    Jung, the reigning Olympic champion, wasted no time making an impression as the showpiece Lincolnshire event got under way on Thursday.

    Riding Fischerrocana FST, Jung had a dressage score of 34.2 penalties, which left him well clear of the field after half of a 74-strong entry had completed their tests on day one.

    With his London 2012 gold medallist La Biosthetique Sam waiting to take centre-stage on Friday, Jung could hardly have made a more purposeful start.

    “I am very happy with that,” he said.”My horse was very quiet and concentrated.

    “You try every time when you go into the main arena to get the best dressage score, but with horses, it is not always the same. I am very happy when it works.”

    Leading the chasing pack is twice Burghley winner Andrew Hoy, whose 37.8 score on Rutherglen left him well-placed overnight, while Jung’s countryman Niklas Bschorer followed up a strong dressage performance at Badminton earlier this year to hold third spot on Tom Tom Go 3.

    And there was a fine four-star debut for 29-year-old Rosalind Canter, the Lincolnshire-based rider who emerged as leading British contender on day one, following a score of 40.2 aboard Allstar B.

    “I am over the moon,” she said. “I was nervous as I went in, but my horse is so steady and trustworthy in the dressage and a good horse to have for your first four-star.”

    A trio of Australian riders are bunched just behind Canter, with Christopher Burton and Haruzac fifth, while Sam Griffiths (Paulank Brockagh) and Paul Tapner (Vanir Kamira) share sixth spot, just ahead of Pippa Funnell and Redesigned.

    Reflecting on her dressage performance, Funnell said: “I am really pleased, although maybe a tad disappointed that the score wasn’t better.

    “He is not an easy horse, but he loves the cross-country. He is so chilled and relaxed at home, and then suddenly he can turn the switch and he turns into a raging monster!”

    Attention will soon switch to Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-country course, with riders seemingly united in believing it is one of the toughest tests ever presented at Burghley.

    “It is certainly one of the biggest courses that I’ve seen for a long time,” Funnell noted. “It’s uphill all the way, although all the questions are very fair and straight in front of the horses.”

    Competition for Burghley’s £63,000 first prize looks set to crank up a gear on Friday, with a host of top pairs launching potential title challenges.

    Among the starters are a highly-fancied combination of Mark Todd and Leonidas II — Todd is bidding for his first Burghley win since 1999, when he triumphed on Diamond Hall Red — together with Oliver Townend and Armada, William Fox-Pitt and Fernhill Pimms, Jonelle Price and Classic Moet, and Nicola Wilson with Annie Clover, in addition to the genial Jung.

    Michael Jung and Fischerrocana on the first day of the Burghley Horse Trials, by Nixon Photography, courtesy of Burghley Horse Trials

  6. Andrew Hoy and Georgie Spence are hot to trot at the Burghley Horse Trials

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    There are occasions when I find myself wondering: if the Martians landed now, what would they make of horse trails and how would they work out what was happening?

    The First Horse Inspection at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, for example, would be a fine conundrum. On one side, you have a covered stand full of seated people in sludgy-coloured, waterproof jackets. In the middle, you have a runway, flanked at the top by several smartly suited people, some of whom are wearing bowler hats and clutching clip boards. And on the other side is a collection of more randomly dressed people, who spend a lot of time moving about and chatting. Then, every minute or so, a horse is presented down the runway at a smart trot, the man in a bowler doffs his hat and the people in the waterproof jackets clap. The horse rushes off — and then they announce a prize for the best dressed person that was leading a horse. So nothing to do with the horse at all then……

    Fortunately, those of us at Burghley know exactly what is going on. But it’s sometimes fun to look at the trot up from the outside in.

    What’s clear, though is that, if you want to get ahead, you should get a pair of blue suede shoes and matching pocket handkerchief — it worked for Andrew Hoy, who was judged the best turned out male at the trot up.

    Georgie Spence was the best-dressed female in a fetching pale blue frock coat (Moloh at a guess) and knee-length suede boots. Hats off also to American first-timer Laine Ashker, who presented in a cool green cocktail-style dress, to the French for their fetching red trousers and blazers, to Charlotte Agnew, who always looks delightful irrespective of what she is wearing (on this occasion, an attractive white top and black skinnies), to Emma Svennerstal, delightful in a short fairy skirt, and to Coral Keen, who had to wear coral, of course. To my mind, while there really isn’t a dress code and the ‘best dressed’ is just a bit of fun, jeans don’t really cut it, even if they are teamed with a waistcoat and bow tie.

    And so to the serious stuff

    The good news is that all the horses passed the inspection, although not without a few heart-stopping moments for a handful of riders; Matthew Heath, Simon Grieve and Willa Newton were all made to suffer as they had to represent but all got through. Phew.

    After a few last minute withdrawals including One Two Many (Nicola Wilson) presumably going to Blair and, sadly, The Deputy (Jonelle Price), there will therefore be 74 combinations on the start list although Oli Townend is riding three of them, having been given permission to start all three entries. He will be in for a few busy days.

    And the winner is…

    The best-looking horse has got to be Fischerrocana. Michael Jung‘s mare looked terrific and was definitely the pick of the paddock for this correspondent. Her coat shone, with lovely dapples and she is a great mover without being over the top. Her handler also shone for a while but bright red, when he suddenly realised his fly was down. He valiantly struggled to rectify the issue whilst at the same time trotting a horse up in front of the Ground Jury at Burghley, and all those people. He managed both. I told you he was good.

    Now the competition starts for real, though, with Oliver Townend paving the way on Drummgurrihy Blue and first in the dressage arena.

    Image: Georgie Spence and WII Limbo at the trot up by Nixon Photos, courtesy of Burghley Horse Trials

  7. Stay calm and take the lead: Michael Jung at the Burghley Horse Trials

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    So far, so good. It’s all going to plan at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, although British first-timer Rosalind Canter has sprung a bit of a surprise — but more on that later.

    As predicted, Michael Jung and Fischerrocana (pictured above at yesterday’s trot up) are in the lead with a healthy score of 34.2. It was not a flashy test, but a solid, well-ridden test, fluent, rhythmic, obedient with proper transitions and totally accurate and pleasant on the eye. Basically, it fulfilled the requirements of dressage and all three judges gave him 9 for his riding, which in itself is very telling.

    Jung, who is normally quite economical with words, was relatively verbose after his test. “She was very relaxed and gave me a very good feeling,” he said. Jung has already done his first course walk but was not drawn into airing his first impressions.”I will need to walk several more times but it is a lovely track but very up and down.”

    Andrew Hoy, one of the older riders in the field and a winner here in 1979 and, more recently, in 2004 (Moonfleet)  also produced a lovely test from Rutherglen, perhaps more eye-catching in terms of movement and expression, but not as accurate or consistent.  The pair still scored a good 37.8 and are currently second at this early stage of the competition. However, they are going to have to dig deep to reproduce their former good form cross-country. Their last four-star completion was Luhmuhlen 2014 — the pair retired here last year and parted company at both Badminton and Gatcombe this year.

    British Burghley first-timer and almost local rider, Rosalind Canter, who is from Louth, in Lincolnshire, gave everyone a wake-up call with a test on Allstar B that scored 40.2. Impressive for a 29-year-old who is riding at her first four-star. She is, however, no stranger to Burghley, being a regular in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final, which she won in 2011. She has also had success at the World Championships and has a three-day win, Osberton CCI one-star, under her belt. Her test, like Jung’s, was consistent, rhythmic and accurate, without errors.

    “I am over the moon,” said Rosalind. “I was nervous as I went in but he is so steady and trustworthy in the dressage and a good horse to have for my first four-star.”

    British-based Australian Christopher Burton also rode a tidy test and currently lies fourth on Haruzac, an Australian thoroughbred, who is competing for the first time at the level. Fellow countrymen Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner are both not far away and in equal fifth place, Griffiths with the mare and former Badminton winner Paulank Brockagh and Tapner on Vanir Kamira, also a mare and also another four-star debutante.

    Image: Michael Jung and Fischerrocana by Nixon Photography, courtesy of the Burghley Horse Trials

  8. Who will win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials?

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    Will the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials be a one man, two-horse race this year? There is a distinct possibility that Burghley’s ‘best first timer’ award could go to the event winner. That’s because Germany’s Michael Jung, who is the reigning Olympic and European champion, world-number-one and general super-rider (not to mention international showjumper), is making his much-awaited Burghley debut this year, a week before he defends his European title at Blair Castle.

    Jung has to be a front runner for the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge trophy, especially as he brings both La Biosthethique Sam, his 2012 Olympic-gold-medal partner and the mare Fischerrocana FST, with whom he won Lexington CCI4* in the spring and individual World silver last year.

    While I am sure Jung has assiduously done his homework and watched every video possible in his preparation for the event, Burghley will nonetheless be a new experience for all three, who will never have encountered a track quite like Mark Phillips’ course, which makes full use of the undulations of Burghley Park. It is a fair bet however that he will sit at the top of the leader board — in first and second — at the end of dressage.

    It is perhaps not just Burghley that Jung would like to add to his impressive CV as he currently lies second in the FEI Classics series behind his compatriot Ingrid Klimke, who is not entered. Points here will turn into euros as Burghley is the sixth and final leg in the 2014/15 series and the outcome will decide who banks the biggest cheque.

    Jung will of course have world-class opposition and much of it with Burghley experience. British favourite (and world-number-two) William Fox-Pitt has the advantage of having ridden round the Park for over 20 years and has a record six wins to his name. It is expected that his more experienced entry, Bay My Hero, will head to Blair, leaving William with four-star debutant Fernhill Pimms to fly his flag, which could be a big ask.

    Former winner Oliver Townend, who is having a good year, not only has his four-star veteran Armada but also the choice of Dromgurrihy Blue, who perhaps has the disadvantage of being this year’s Burghley pathfinder, as well as newish ride Samuel Thomas.

    Popular Yorkshire lass Nicola Wilson has two very good chances to spring her first Burghley and four-star win with either Annie Clover or One Two Many and former winner Pippa Funnell has three entries (Mirage D’Elle, Redesigned and Second Supreme) and, as she showed at Badminton, is having a bit of a renaissance at the level.

    As always, the Antipodeans will provide a strong challenge. Five-times winner Sir Mark Todd, (at 59 the elder statesman of the field) rides Leonidas, with whom he was fourth at Badminton, while fellow New Zealander Tim Price (Ringwood Sky Boy) is always a solid performer, as is his wife Jonelle (The Deputy), and both have good proven Burghley cross-country horses, although perhaps not the best showjumpers.

    There are also a handful of good Australians. Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner are both big-time four-star winners, while Christopher Burton, the newly crowned British Open Champion, could bag another four-star win with TS Jamaimo, with whom he won the Adelaide four-star in 2013. Murray Lamperd and Under the Clocks went well here last year, although they may be a bit rusty, as the pair has been in different continents for most of the year.

    Pinning down a winner is not easy but I expect to see Jung, Burton, Fox-Pitt, Wilson Todd, Townend and Tapner in the final reckoning.

    However, there will be one significant rider missing from the final line-up this year: Andrew Nicholson who is recuperating from his fall and subsequent operation. The New Zealand veteran, who pulled off the incredible achievement of winning here for the last three years with Avebury, as well as totalling a record 33 completions, has by my reckoning missed just one Burghley (1992) since his debut in 1991. He will be much missed by competitors, spectators and media alike.

    Image: Michael Jung (GER), pictured here on La Biosthetique Sam at Luhmühlen CCI 4* in June, will make his Burghley debut this year. Burghley is the sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. Picture courtesy of Eventing Photo/FEI

  9. Top 10 events this season

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    With the start of the eventing season just round the corner, now is the time to put this year’s must see events in the diary. The following 10 events offer more than just horses – which means you can take a non horsey other half along too.

    Belton International Horse Trials April 17-19

    Kick off the season with this amazing event in the grounds of the historic Belton House, which will be open to visitors. Beside the ubiquitous trade stands – (the food here is particularly good)  – the event has a classic car show, a dog show and 10k trail run (all on Sunday) while Friday is billed as ‘ladies day’. Dress warm though. The ‘wind-chill’ factor here can be punishing.


    Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials May 7-10

    You have to go to Badminton just because it is the world’s best known three-day event and everyone who is anyone in eventing will be here. It’s not necessarily an event for the uninitiated – if  you don’t know your Oliver Townend from your Austin o’Connor and aren’t up for any shopping there’s not much for you here – but Badminton is located in a beautiful part of the country; Tetbury, Malmesbury, Painswick (location for A Casual Vacancy) and Bath are all within 20miles.


    Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials May 15-17

    Take a caravan and stay in the grounds of Chatsworth Estate. Caravan membership, includes access to a members enclosure and a 2-for-1 offer to visit the famous house and garden. You’ll have a lovely holiday. The renowned Chatsworth garden alone, with its sculpture, maze, greenhouses and speciality gardens, will while away a day. But don’t forget to watch some horses too.


    NAF Five Star Saumur complet May 21-24

    Saumur, situated on the banks of the Loire, offers the perfect weekend break less than a three-hour drive from the ferry port of Caen. Stay in the town; its pretty square is a great place for after event drinks and eats. Visit the famous chateau or take a guided tour of the Cadre Noir. And – the best bit – you can buy cases of delicious Loire wine to bring home.


    Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair May 27-31

    Just 11 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Dublin, Tattersalls is situated opposite Fairyhouse Racecourse. Even if the weather is atrocious, there’ll be a cilvilised (mud free) restaurant and bar in Tattersalls Country house. The event is the usual mix of horses, hounds and trade-stands but with wonderfully enthusiastic Irish commentary on cross-country day.


    Equi-trek Bramham International Horse Trials June 11-14

    It’s true, Bramham is a horsefest. As well as international eventing there is real showjumping, showing, a stallion parade, mounted games and a young event horse qualifier, so much to entertain. If you need a break from horses though, the former spa town of Harrogate is just 13 easy miles away, for one of Betty’s famous teas.


    The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials September 3-6

    Christmas shopping alert! Burghley’s shopping arcades and marquees are the best of all the events. You could happily spend the whole weekend there without setting eyes on a horse. Then there is the Park and ultimately the beautiful  town of Stamford to explore if any time is left. Buy a season ticket and enjoy breakfast in the member’s car park while enjoying the unique view of Burghley House – there is no other like it.


    FEI European Eventing Championships Blair Castle September 10-13

    Book a tipi or yurt for four days of glamping, Scottish hospitality and stunning scenery at Blair Castle, situated between Perth and Inverness. The Bruador Country Fair runs alongside the event that will witness the best event riders in Europe battling it out for the medals.


    Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials September 17-20

    This Oxfordshire event enjoys a stunning location at the eponymous palace and 2000 acre park – and the weather can be surprisingly kind at this time of year. Blenheim Palace is a huge visitor attraction and a day out on its own without seeing a horse and there is also good shopping, a food marquee and a member’s ringside restaurant.


    Mondial du Lion October 15-18

    One of the most civilised fixtures in the eventing calendar. The World Young Horse Championships take place just outside Le Lions D’Angers another easy drive from Caen. Stay at a local chateau or in the nearby town of Angers. On site there’s  mud free shopping, excellent champagne bars and a restaurant for an extremely civilised French lunch. Enjoy the autumnal scenery and artistic cross country fences whilst supping on a glass (or two) of vin chaud.