Greenwich fences feature at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Greenwich fences feature at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

As part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy three of the cross country fences from the Olympic three-day-event course at Greenwich Park will make a re-appearance on the cross country course of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Aug 30  - Sept 2).

The fences; ‘The Olympic Games Horses’, ‘The Planet’ and ‘The Sundials’ although three separate fences in Greenwich Park, will be combined to present a memorable feature complex in the Main Arena towards the end of Captain Mark Phillips course - already considered one of the best in the world.

As well as Olympic fences several Olympic riders are also heading to the Lincolnshire venue for a crack at this year’s £55,000 first prize and the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy. Four of New Zealand’s Olympic bronze medal team including Olympic veterans Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, three of Britain’s silver team medallists; Mary King,  William Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook and German team Olympic gold medallist Dirk Schrade are all leading contenders for this year’s Land Rover Burghley title and included in the record number of international entries.

“The three Greenwich fences will be an exciting addition to our cross country course and we are delighted to be the first to feature them,” said Event Director Elizabeth Inman. “The course looks fabulous and combined with an exciting high-class level of entry we are definitely in for one of the best Burghley’s yet.” 

While the first two days sees the start of the competition with dressage in the Main Arena, Ring Two will also be busy; on Thursday it hosts the popular Burghley Inter-branch Pony Club Show Jumping and on Friday the finals of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse series, the culmination of highly competitive national qualifiers that aim to seek out the equine stars of the future. 

Over 500 selected trade stands, seven specialist pavilions, including a new ‘Green Lifestyle’ pavilion and the Burghley Foodwalk offer an unrivalled shopping opportunity for traders and visitors alike.