This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (1-4 September) promises to be as challenging as ever for competitors.

Designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by Philip Herbert and his team, the provisional total length of the course is 6,400m with a provisional optimum time of 11 minutes 15 secs.

We take a look at what the course has in store for the horses and riders who will tackle it on Saturday 3 September.

Fence 1: Olympic Legacy

Burghley 2016 fence 1

Fence 2: Lambert’s Sofa

Burghley 2016 fence 2

Fence 3: Garden Table

Burghley 2016 fence 3

Fence 4ab: Lion Bridge

Burghley 2016 fence 4

View over 4a

Burghley 2016 view over fence 4a

Fence 4b (jumped coming towards the camera)

Burghley 2016 fence 4b

Fence 5abc: Anniversary Splash

Burghley 2016 fence 5a

Fence 5b

Burghley 2016 fence 4b

Fence 5c

Burghley 2016 fence 5c

Fence 6abc: Lakeside Hedges — riders have the option of a step up bounce on the right to another hedge on one stride, or a double of angled hedges on one stride (billed as the faster route) on the left

Burghley 2016 fence 6ab

Burghley 2016 fence 5bc

Fence 7: Collyweston Slate Mine

Burghley 2016 fence 7

Fence 7: side view

Burghley 2016 fence 7 side view

Fence 8 and 9: Capability’s Cutting

Burghley 2016 fence 7

Burghley 2016 fence 8

Burghley 2016 fence 9

Fence 10: Rolex Grand Slam Vault

Burghley 2016 fence 10

Fence 11: Winners’ Avenue Wood Pile

Burghley 2016 fence 11

Fence 12 and 13: Cottesmore Leap

Burghley 2016 fence 12

Side view of 12 with 13 in the background

Burghley 2016 fence 12/13

Alternative 12

Burghley 2016 fence 12 alt

Fence 13 (alternative coming towards camera)

Burghley 2016 fence 13

Fence 14abc: Land Rover Dairy Farm

Burghley 2016 fence 14

Burghley 2016 fence 14_1

View from fence 14a to 14b (on the right) on the fast route

Burghley 2016 fence 14_2

View from fence 14b to 14c

Burghley 2016 fence 14b to c

Fence 14c

Burghley 2016 fence 14c

Alternative 14a

Burghley 2016 fence 14a alt

Alternative 14b (on the left)

Burghley 2016 fence 14_2

Alternative 14c

Burghley 2016 fence 14c alt

Fence 15abc: Rolex Combination — direct 15ab with c in the background

Burghley 2016 fence 15ab

Burghley 2016 fence 15b

Alternative 15ab

Burghley 2016 fence 15ab alt

There are two alternative fence 15c corners

Burghley 2016 fence 15c alt1

Burghley 2016 fence 15c_alt2

Fence 16: Maltings Village Green

Burghley 2016 fence 16

Fence 17ab: Malting’s Village Green

Burghley 2016 fence 17a

Burghley 2016 fence 17b

Alternative 17a

Burghley 2016 fence 17a alt

View from alternative 17a to 17b

Burghley 2016 fence 17a to b

Fence 18: Malting’s Village Green

Burghley 2016 fence 18

Side view of fence 18

Burghley 2016 fence 18 side

Fence 19: Captain’s Log

Burghley 2016 fence 19

Fence 20 and 21abcd: Land Rover Trout Hatchery (fast route)

Burghley 2016 fence 20 fast

Burghley 2016 Fence 20a view to next

Burghley 2016 fence 21a

Burghley 2016 fence 21b

Burghley 2016 fence 21bc to d

Burghley 2016 fence 21d

Fence 20 and 21abcd: Land Rover Trout Hatchery (long route)

Burghley 2016 fence 20a alt

Burghley 2016 fence 21a alt

21b alternative is the step up around where the Land Rover banner is sited

Burghley 2016 fence 21b alt

Burghley 2016 fence 21c alt

Burghley 2016 fence 21d alt

Fence 22: Herbert’s Hollow

Burghley 2016 fence 22

Alternative fence 22

Burghley 2016 fence 22 alt

Fence 23: Thomson’s Wall

Burghley 2016 fence 23

Fence 24abc: Discovery Valley

Burghley 2016 fence 23a

Burghley 2016 fence 24b

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Burghley 2016 fence 24c

Fence 25: Cross Rails

Burghley 2016 fence 26

Fence 26ab: FEI Classics Leaf Pit

Burghley 2016 fence 26a

Burghley 2016 fence 26a 2

Burghley 2016 fence 26a 3

Burghley 2016 fence 26b

Alternative 26b

Burghley 2016 fence 26b alt

Fence 27ab: Discovery Valley

Burghley 2016 fence 27a

Burghley 2016 fence 27b

Fence 28 and 29: Return From Rio

Burghley 2016 fence 28a

Burghley 2016 fence 29

Fence 30: Picnic Table

Burghley 2016 fence 30

Fence 31: Land Rover Finale

Burghley 2016 fence 31

You can keep up-to-date with all the action from Burghley with H&H Live every day this week on horseandhound.co.uk.

Don’t miss H&H’s Burghley preview, including a

full form guide and a scorecard to fill in for every rider, on sale now (Thursday 25 August), and you can read the full report in next week’s magazine (Thursday 8 September).