The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2020 - Event cancelled

2021 dates Wednesday 1 September - Sunday 5 September with hospitality details to follow

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Three Day Eventing

Wednesday 2 September - Sunday 6 September 2020 

Despite the sport being known as 'Three Day Eventing' originally, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials takes places over four days: the first two days are dressage (half of the field compete on each day), followed by cross-country and then the showjumping round on the final day.


Each horse and rider combination performs a dressage test in front of a panel of 3 judges. A huge emphasis is placed on dressage nowadays because of the ever-increasing quality of breeding and talent; the idea is to get the best mark possible in this initial stage to guarantee the best placing going into the cross-country phase.

The judges' scores are converted into penalty points, which are carried forward to the next stage of the competition (riders are aiming to achieve as low a dressage penalty score as possible).

The dressage test movements include a collected, medium, and extended trot as well as collected and extended canter plus an extended and a medium walk. The test also includes counter canter, flying changes, shoulder in, half pass and halt. 


Held over the beautiful but challenging terrain of Burghley Park offers over 30 fences and is over 11 minutes long. Captain Mark Phillips has designed the course for the last 30 years with 2020 being his finale.

Every horse/rider combination will receive penalty points for jumping errors and for exceeding the optimum time; if they are penalised, these points are then added to the penalty points incurred during the dressage test to give a total score.

The third phase of the competition is designed as a test to ensure the horses have not been over taxed from the previous days exertions across country. A reasonably small (by comparison with pure show jumping), but technical show jumping course, is built to test obedience, suppleness, accuracy and jumping ability. Competitors jump in reverse order, creating a very tense atmosphere as the leading competitors enter the arena intent on at least maintaining their place in the final order. Often, very few penalties separate the good riders and knocking one pole off can drop them several places in the prize list.

  • Speed 375 metres/min
  • Height / Width 125 cms max height
  • Max Jumping Efforts between 11 and 13 obstacles (max 16 efforts)
  • Distance = between 500 and 600 metres

Riders and horses are given penalty points for any jumping errors and time faults, which are added to their carried forward score from the dressage and cross-country rounds. The Showjumping makes for an exciting finale to the event. 


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Hospitality Facilities, our hospitality marquee situated in the main thoroughfare

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Our hospitality marquee situated in the main thoroughfare

Hospitality Facilities, our hospitality marquee situated in the main thoroughfare
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, package details

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

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The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, package details
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