Burghley Horse Trials has appointed Andrew Tulloch as event director, to take over from Bill Henson, who retires after this year’s event.

Andrew, 37, also clerk of the course at Aintree, is no stranger to eventing. He has competed or officiated at a wide range of three-dayevents from Osberton to the Atlanta Olympics, where he was an FEI steward.

Andrew was also co-owner, with his wife Jancis (n‚e Lane), of the international eventer Bally Free, who was fourth at Burghley in 1998 and was short-listed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Andrew says: “Burghley is not only one of the best three-day events in the world — it is also a great British sporting and social occasion.

“Its tremendous growth over the past 10 years is in no small partdown to Bill Henson, and I look forward with a great deal of enthusiasm to working with the team at Burghley and to helping the event grow still further.”

Malcolm Wallace, chairman of the Burghley committee, said: “Although Bill will be a very difficult act to follow, we have a worthy successor in Andrew.”

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