Burghley Horse Trials

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 Rolex Kentucky Three Day, the Australian International Three Day Event, the Luhmühlen Horse Trials and the Étoiles de Pau). It has competition at CCI***** (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  Anneli Drummond-Hay (GBR) Merely-A-Monarch
1962  James Templer (GBR) M'Lord Connolly
1963  Harry Freeman-Jackson (IRE) St. Finbarr
1964  Richard Meade (GBR) Barberry
1965  J.J. Beale (GBR) Victoria Bridge
1966  Carlos Moratorio (ARG) Chalan
1967  Lorna Sutherland (GBR) Popadom
1968  Sheila Willcox (GBR) Fair and Square
1969  Gillian Watson (GBR) Shaitan
1970  Judy Bradwell (GBR) Don Camillo
1971  H.R.H. Princess Anne (GBR) Doublet
1972  Janet Hodgson (GBR) Larkspur
1973  Mark Phillips (GBR) Maid Marion
1974  Bruce Davidson (USA) Irish Cap
1975  Aly Pattinson (GBR) Carawich
1976  Jane Holderness-Roddam (GBR) Warrior
1977  Lucinda Prior-Palmer (GBR) George
1978  Lorna Clarke (GBR) Greco
1979  Andrew Hoy (AUS) Davey
1980  Richard Walker (GBR) John of Gaunt
1981  Lucinda Prior-Palmer (GBR) Beagle Bay
1982  Richard Walker (GBR) Ryan's Cross
1983  Virginia Holgate (GBR) Priceless
1984  Virginia Holgate (GBR) Night Cap II
1985  Virginia Holgate (GBR) Priceless
1986  Virginia Leng (GBR) Murphy Himself
1987  Mark Todd (NZL) Wilton Fair
1988  Jane Thelwall (GBR) King's Jester
1989  Virginia Leng (GBR) Master Craftsman
1990  Mark Todd (NZL) Face the Music
1991  Mark Todd (NZL) Welton Greylag
1992  Charlotte Hollingsworth (GBR) The Cool Customer
1993  Stephen Bradley (USA) Sassy Reason
1994  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Chaka
1995  Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Buckley Province
1996  Mary King (GBR) Star Appeal
1997  Mark Todd (NZL) Broadcast News
1998  Blyth Tait (NZL) Chesterfield
1999  Mark Todd (NZL) Diamond Hall Red
2000  Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Mr. Smiffy
2001  Blyth Tait (NZL) Ready Teddy
2002  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Highland Lad
2003  Pippa Funnell (GBR) Primmore's Pride Won as the final leg on the way

to winning the Eventing Grand Slam

2004  Andrew Hoy (AUS) Moon Fleet
2005  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Ballincoola
2006  Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) Headley Britannia
2007  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Parkmore Ed
2008  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Tamarillo
2009  Oliver Townend (GBR) Carousel Quest
2010  Caroline Powell (NZL) Lenamore
2011  William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Parklane Hawk
2012  Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2013  Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2014  Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury
2015  Michael Jung (GER) La Biosthetique-Sam FBW Won as the first leg on the way

to winning the Eventing Grand Slam

2016  Chris Burton (AUS) Nobilis 18
2017  Oliver Townend (GBR) Ballaghmor Class
2018  Tim Price (NZL) Ringwood Sky Boy
2019  Pippa Funnell (GBR) MGH Grafton Street
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.

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