THE LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS, 2016

As always, we set off ridiculously early on the Sunday for the 3 hour early morning blast up the M62 and down the A1 to reach Stamford at a reasonable time before the crowds arrive.  This year we couldn’t have chosen a better parking spot, but then the ‘press’ car park ticket helps too! 

In case you aren’t aware, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is 3-day event horsey competition that includes dressage, cross country and show jumping.  Todays Burghley Horse Trials is a far cry from the inaugural event which took place more than 50 years ago with just 19 competitors in front of a mere 12,000 people.  These days there’s over 160,000 visitors over the four days, more than 600 carefully selected exhibitors, an average of 80 of the world’s top competitors and a prize fund of £250,000 - how time moves on!

Usually, once we’ve registered in the media office, both Muddy Madam and Muddy Madam senior and I go our separate ways, but this time we began to meander around the 600+ exhibitors together.  It was cooler than normal with grey clouds looming overhead, and I believe for the first time in a number of years it had rained during the past few days which had made the cross country course trickier that normal.

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By this time the sun had burnt through the clouds and it was quite warm, and was time or had it become busier?

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