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 Heidi Woodhead has withdrawn her ride The Biz, number 21.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 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.