Burghley Horse Trials 2023

Burghley Horse Trials 2023

I can’t believe this year has gone by so quickly. Here I am typing and Burghley Horse Trials has started today – I can’t believe we are nearly into September.

The Burghley Horse Trials is one of the most prestigious and challenging equestrian events in the world. Held annually in the stunning Burghley House in nearby Stamford, the event attracts top riders from around the globe. Spanning over four days, the Burghley Horse Trials is a true test of skill, athleticism, and horsemanship.

The history of the Burghley Horse Trials dates back to 1961 when the Marquess of Exeter, David Cecil, decided to create a three-day eventing competition on his estate. The event quickly gained popularity and became a staple in the equestrian calendar.

The Burghley Horse Trials consist of three disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. The dressage phase takes place on the first two days (Thursday and Friday) and involves a series of precise movements and patterns performed in an arena. The judges assess the horse’s obedience, suppleness, and accuracy, while the rider’s position and aids are also scrutinized. This phase sets the foundation for the rest of the competition. The cross-country phase is arguably the most thrilling and challenging part of the Burghley Horse Trials and this takes place on Saturday. Riders tackle a grueling course that spans over 6,000 meters and includes a combination of solid obstacles such as logs, ditches, water jumps, and banks. The course is designed to test the horse’s bravery, stamina, and agility, as well as the rider’s ability to make quick decisions and maintain control in high-pressure situations. The show jumping phase is the final test of the Burghley Horse Trials. The riders and their horses must navigate a course of brightly colored fences within a time limit. The aim is to clear each fence without knocking down any poles, as penalties are given for any faults. This phase requires precision, accuracy, and careful planning, as one mistake can cost the rider their chance at victory. Throughout the Burghley Horse Trials, the riders are not only competing against each other but also against the unpredictable elements of nature. The weather can play a significant role in the outcome of the competition, as rain can make the cross-country course slippery, while wind can make the show jumping fences more challenging to clear.

The Burghley Horse Trials also offers a unique shopping experience for spectators. The event hosts a large trade fair where visitors can browse and purchase a wide range of equestrian products, from tack and clothing to artwork and home decor. It is a paradise for horse lovers and offers something for everyone, whether they are interested in competing or simply enjoying the spectacle. The Burghley Horse Trials is not only a thrilling sporting event but also a celebration of the bond between humans and horses. The riders and their equine partners form a unique partnership built on trust, communication, and mutual respect. The event showcases the incredible athleticism and versatility of these magnificent animals, as well as the skill and dedication of the riders. More information about the Burghley Horse Trials can be found on their website here.

If you are looking for accommodation for the Burghley Horse Trials 2024, a stay at Puddle or Snowdrop Cottage may suit you. The dates for the Burghley Horse Trials 2024 have been confirmed as 5th to 8th September 2024. Please contact Anna 07734175291 or e/mail enquiries@puddle-cottage.co.uk if you wish to book a stay. We would be delighted to welcome you. The availability and tariff for both cottages can be found here.

Puddle Cottage and Snowdrop Cottage are 4 star,  ROSE awarded self catering cottages  located in the village of Edith Weston on the South shore of Rutland Water. Rutland Sailing Club, Rutland Water Fishing Lodge and Normanton Church are all within walking distance of the cottage . The cottages both have 1 bedroom, both of which can be presented as either one super king sized bed to two full sized single beds. Well behaved dogs are very welcome at Puddle Cottage.