The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials entries for 2013 (5-8 September) include 86 horses from 11 different nations, including 5 former winners.
His great rival Andrew Nicholson, who has been virtually impossible to beat since his 2012 triumph, has entered his winner on that occasion, Avebury, and also his Pau and Luhmuhlen CCI4* heroes Nereo and Mr Cruise Control.
Caroline Powell, an incredibly popular winner in 2010 with Lenamore, brings a younger horse, Boston Two Tip.
Sir Mark Todd, whose Burghley victories stretch back to 1987, has a promising duo in new ride Oloa and Ravenstar.
Other Burghley Horse Trials entries
They will face stiff competition from the likes of Oliver Townend and Armada, winner in 2009 and 4th here last year – and this year’s sensation, Jock Paget. The 29-year-old New Zealander has so far snatched the two crown jewels of the British eventing calendar, The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the British Eventing Open Championship at Gatcombe Park, and has entered his winners on those occasions, Clifton Promise and Clifton Lush.
Strong Bughley Horse Trials entries from Europe include Ingrid Klimke and FRH Butts Abraxxas, part of the German gold medal-winning team at the London Olympics, and young French star Astier Nicolas with the exciting nine-year-old mare Quickly Du Boguet.
Among those gunning for a first Land Rover Burghley triumph will be the two new faces on this year’s British team for the European Championships in Sweden, Izzy Taylor and Tom McEwen.
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event director, Elizabeth Inman said: “This has to be one of the strongest entries we’ve ever had. There are 4-star winners, gold medallists and up-and-coming stars hungry for a win. Mark Phillips’ cross country course will provide them with a really exciting, tough challenge and we can’t wait to see who will take home the Land Rover Perpetual Trophy.”
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