The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials gets underway today (4 September) and promises to be once again be a fantastic event for equestrian lovers and shoppers alike.
The internationally-renowned event attracts more than 150,000 visitors every year.
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this year will have an international flavour as 100 horses from 11 nations spanning Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, USA and the UK compete for the £62,000 first prize.
Among those trotting out at Stamford’s Burghley House will be New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson who is entered with both Avebury and Nereo.
A win for him would be particularly popular, especially if achieved riding Avebury, as it would be an unprecedented three in a row for the combination - a first for Burghley.
The line up includes a number of past winners: William Fox-Pitt on Bay My Hero, Chilli Morning and Parkland Hawk, alongside World Equestrian Games team mate Oliver Townsend and Australia’s Sir Mark Todd and Oloa who this year brings Rutherglen.
Today (Thursday), there will be dressage in the main arena, which continues on Friday, while on Saturday the riders will compete cross country.
And on Sunday, there will be showjumping for visitors to enjoy.
As well as the horseriding, there will be more than 600 tradestands under six themed shopping pavilions - ranging from Burghley Lifestyle to World of the Horse, which will stand alongside the Burghley FoodWalk.
Ranging from London’s Bond Street to bespoke country tailors, there is an eclectic range of shops offering luxury goods, rural crafts, bespoke kitchens, furniture, clothing and every gift idea under the sun - perfect for treating yourself or even starting the Christmas shop!
Shops are open daily 9am to 5.30pm, Thursday - Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday People can buy tickets from Monday from the Showground Box Office, which opens at 10am when on the gate prices apply.
Tickets for Thursday and Friday are £17 each. On Saturday, tickets are £28 each and on Sunday, tickets are £15 each. Car parking is £12.
For more information visit www.burghley-horse-tickets.co.uk.