Burghley Horse Trials 2022

The 2022 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will be the 60th anniversary of the event as it returns to the British autumn eventing calendar for the first time since 2019, following the event’s cancellation in 2020 and 2021 owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An increase in prize money for 2022 will see the winner take home £100,000 for the first time in Burghley’s history.

This year’s event will be the first held under the direction of Martyn Johnson, who was appointed as Burghley Horse Trials director in October 2021. A new course-designer will also be at the helm as Derek di Grazia, who was responsible for the track at the Tokyo Olympics, takes over the reins from H&H columnist Mark Phillips, who had designed the course for some 30 years up to 2019.

The Household Cavalry Foundation has been named as the event’s official charity in 2022.

Horse & Hound’s team of expert equestrian journalists will be keeping you up to date with all the news in the run up to the British autumn five-star, which typically attracts the best event riders from around the globe to compete.

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Burghley Horse Trials dates

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will be held on 1-4 September 2022. It will be the first time the event has gone ahead since 2019 because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Where is Burghley Horse Trials held?

Burghley Horse Trials is held in the grounds of the Burghley Estate, which is located in Stamford, Peterborough.

Burghley Horse Trials history

The first Burghley event was held in 1961 and the horse trials had never been cancelled or abandoned until Covid-19 took out the 2020 and 2021 renewals.

Anneli Drummond-Hay was the event’s first winner, riding Merely-A-Monarch, who also became the first horse to win both Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley when he took the Gloucestershire event the following spring.

Andrew Nicholson’s ride Avebury, who won the event in 2012, 2013 and 2014, is the only horse who has won Burghley three times. The only other horse to be listed among the Burghley Horse Trials winners more than once is Ginny Elliot’s ride Priceless, who won in 1983 and 1985, when he was also crowned European champion.

Burghley has also hosted the European Championships on five other occasions, the most famous of these being in 1971 when Princess Anne took the title on Doublet.

What is Burghley Horse Trials?

Burghley Horse Trials is one of just seven five-star events in the world. Five-star is the highest level of eventing competition, where the very best horses and riders in the sport compete against each other in three phases: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The same horse and rider combinations take part in all three phases and their penalty scores are added up. The horse and rider with the lowest penalties is the winner.

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