Held in the stunning grounds of the 16th-century Burghley House and first founded in 1961, Burghley Horse Trials is the premier three-day event in the country, attracting over 160,000 fans every year.
As one of just six CCI 4* events in the world, including Badminton and Olympia, Burghley attracts the international elite from as far afield as USA, New Zealand, Australia, France and Germany.
What brings them to Burghley is not only the £225,000 prize fund but the fact that it’s considered to be the toughest event on the circuit which provides a challenge like no other.
With National Holidays you can enjoy the most pivotal stage of the competition, Cross Country, when the whole show comes alive and everything that happens affects the scoreboard and the final result starts to take shape.
An adrenaline-charged spectacle, see the world’s best riders test their nerve and courage on the famously demanding course designed by Captain Mark Phillips as they negate all sorts of weird and wonderfully named themed obstacles, fences, water jumps and ditches.
Aside from the equestrianism, Burghley is also a much loved social event and a great place to enjoy a picnic, glass of champagne and explore the extensive shopping village with over 600 stands, selling everything from riding equipment to local produce, crafts, jewellery and leading fashion.
So popular is the annual Burghley Horse Trials that it was recently voted Britain’s ‘Best of British’ event by readers of Horse & Hound, beating the Grand National, Royal Ascot and Olympia Horse Show to top spot.
Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time visitor, Burghley Horse Trials never disappoints.
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