Some of the world’s top riders are heading to the Owen Pugh Burgham International Horse Trials next week.
Reflecting its growing status as one of Britain’s most popular events, Burgham International Horse Trials’ summer fixture (27-30 July) has received outstanding entries. As well as the established CIC*** class, for the first time the event is also running a CIC* competition.
Among those competing in the principal CIC3* class are Zara Tindall (High Kingdom), British number one Oliver Townend, former World and Olympic champion Blyth Tait, World and Olympic bronze medallist Caroline Powell and Australian triple Olympic gold medallist Andrew Hoy. Riders from 10 different nations – including Japan and Hong Kong – feature in the CIC***, while in total 12 countries will be represented at Burgham over the weekend.
Locally-based British heroes will be fighting it out in the three international classes as well, including Ben Hobday, Nicola Wilson and Jamie Atkinson.
Event Director Martyn Johnson said: “We have received the most incredible entries, with lots of the country’s top riders choosing to come to Burgham for the first time. We are also delighted to be running a CIC* for the first time, giving an opportunity for amateur riders to compete at international level, and it has proved as popular as we thought it would. We try our utmost to provide the best possible conditions for everyone – spectators, volunteers, riders, owners and grooms, and next week’s event is set to be our best ever.”
As well as the international eventing, there is a busy affiliated show jumping ring climaxing in the Burgham Classic 1.40m Grand Prix, with £3,000 prize-money and £1,000 on offer to the winner.