Burghley Horse Trials

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
A competitor in the 2004 Horse Trials shows good form over the first fence on the cross-country course.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is an annual three-day event held at Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, currently in early September. Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is classified by the FEI as one of the six leading three-day events in the world (the others being the Badminton Horse Trials, the Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Australian International Three Day Event, the Luhmühlen Horse Trials and the Étoiles de Pau). It has competition at CCI5*-L (five star) level. The prize for first place is currently £95,000. Prize money is given down to 20th place.

Burghley is also one of the three events in the Grand Slam of Eventing.

Run in conjunction with the event since 1990 is the Burghley Young Event Horse final, which judges 4 and 5 year old horses on their potential as future Olympic mounts.


Horse trials have been held at Burghley House since 1961 when its owner the 6th Marquess of Exeter, an Olympic gold medalist in athletics and IOC member, heard that a three-day event at Harewood House could no longer be held. Since then no other international horse trials site has staged as many championships, a record ten in all including the first World Championship in 1966.

It is the longest continuous running international event. Up to 2018 there have been six course designers: Bill Thomson, M.R.C.V.S. 1961 – 1983, Lt-Col. Henry Nicoll, D.S.O., O.B.E., 1975, Philip Herbert 1984 – 1988, Captain Mark Phillips, C.V.O., 1989 – 1996 and 1998 – 2000, Mike Tucker 1997 and 2001, Wolfgang Feld 2002 – 2004 and Capt. Mark Phillips, C.V.O., 2005 -.


William Fox-Pitt, here clearing the Cottesmore Leap on Idalgo in 2006, has the most wins at Burghley with six.
Year Rider Horse Notes
1961 United KingdomAnneli Drummond-Hay (GBR) Merely-A-Monarch
1962 United KingdomJames Templer (GBR) M'Lord Connolly
1963 Republic of IrelandHarry Freeman-Jackson (IRE) St. Finbarr
1964 United KingdomRichard Meade (GBR) Barberry
1965 United KingdomJ.J. Beale (GBR) Victoria Bridge
1966 ArgentinaCarlos Moratorio (ARG) Chalan
1967 United KingdomLorna Sutherland (GBR) Popadom
1968 United KingdomSheila Willcox (GBR) Fair and Square
1969 United KingdomGillian Watson (GBR) Shaitan
1970 United KingdomJudy Bradwell (GBR) Don Camillo
1971 United KingdomH.R.H. Princess Anne (GBR) Doublet
1972 United KingdomJanet Hodgson (GBR) Larkspur
1973 United KingdomMark Phillips (GBR) Maid Marion
1974 United StatesBruce Davidson (USA) Irish Cap
1975 United KingdomAly Pattinson (GBR) Carawich
1976 United KingdomJane Holderness-Roddam (GBR) Warrior
1977 United KingdomLucinda Prior-Palmer (GBR) George
1978 United KingdomLorna Clarke (GBR) Greco
1979 AustraliaAndrew Hoy (AUS) Davey
1980 United KingdomRichard Walker (GBR) John of Gaunt
1981 United KingdomLucinda Prior-Palmer (GBR) Beagle Bay
1982 United KingdomRichard Walker (GBR) Ryan's Cross
1983 United KingdomVirginia Holgate (GBR) Priceless
1984 United KingdomVirginia Holgate (GBR) Night Cap II
1985 United KingdomVirginia Holgate (GBR) Priceless
1986 United KingdomVirginia Leng (GBR) Murphy Himself
1987 New ZealandMark Todd (NZL) Wilton Fair
1988 United KingdomJane Thelwall (GBR) King's Jester
1989 United KingdomVirginia Leng (GBR) Master Craftsman
1990 New ZealandMark Todd (NZL) Face the Music
1991 New ZealandMark Todd (NZL) Welton Greylag
1992 United KingdomCharlotte Hollingsworth (GBR) The Cool Customer
1993 United StatesStephen Bradley (USA) Sassy Reason
1994 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Chaka
1995 New ZealandAndrew Nicholson (NZL) Buckley Province
1996 United KingdomMary King (GBR) Star Appeal
1997 New ZealandMark Todd (NZL) Broadcast News
1998 New ZealandBlyth Tait (NZL) Chesterfield
1999 New ZealandMark Todd (NZL) Diamond Hall Red
2000 New ZealandAndrew Nicholson (NZL) Mr. Smiffy
2001 New ZealandBlyth Tait (NZL) Ready Teddy
2002 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Highland Lad
2003 United KingdomPippa Funnell (GBR) Primmore's Pride Won as the final leg on the way

to winning the Eventing Grand Slam

2004 AustraliaAndrew Hoy (AUS) Moon Fleet
2005 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Ballincoola
2006 AustraliaLucinda Fredericks (AUS) Headley Britannia
2007 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Parkmore Ed
2008 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Tamarillo
2009 United KingdomOliver Townend (GBR) Carousel Quest
2010 New ZealandCaroline Powell (NZL) Lenamore
2011 United KingdomWilliam Fox-Pitt (GBR) Parklane Hawk
2012 New ZealandAndrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2013 New ZealandAndrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2014 New ZealandAndrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2015 GermanyMichael Jung (GER) La Biosthetique-Sam FBW Won as the first leg on the way

to winning the Eventing Grand Slam

2016 AustraliaChris Burton (AUS) Nobilis 18
2017 United KingdomOliver Townend (GBR) Ballaghmor Class
2018 New ZealandTim Price (NZL) Ringwood Sky Boy
2019 United KingdomPippa Funnell (GBR) MGH Grafton Street
2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
Winners of the 2010 Burghley Horse Trials, Caroline Powell and Lenamore, at the Dairy Farm during the Cross Country phase.
Oliver Townend and Carousel Quest, the winning combination at Burghley Horse Trials 2009, at the Discovery Valley during the cross country phase.

External links[edit]