Mark Phillips has announced four changes to his cross-country course, which will be tackled today at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, due to the wet weather.

The changes are:

  • The Land Rover Leaf Pit (fence 4): C element (used on the long route) has been removed
  • The Hunting Hedge (fence 10): fence removed — riders canter through a gap in the hedge
  • The Land Rover Dairy Farm (fence 17): A element removed — riders jump B and C elements only (on either right hand or left hand options)
  • Capability’s Classic (fence 22): back rail removed from B element

View Burghley cross-country course photos

Sixty-seven horses are expected to start on the cross-country today, with Louise Skelton, the pathfinder on Bit Of A Barney, setting off at 11am. Heidi Woodhead has withdrawn her ride The Biz, number 21.

Dressage leader Ruth Edge (Mr Dumbledore) is due to start at 1.16pm.

Keep logging onto www.horseandhound.co.uk/burghley08 for updates, blogs and video from Burghley.

Don’t forget to buy Horse & Hound next Thursday (11 September) for a 12-page special report, colour photographs and William Fox-Pitt’s comment.