Would you jump these? Walk the 2017 Burghley cross-country course

  • This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (31 August-3 September) cross-country course,  designed by Captain Mark Phillips and built by Philip Herbert and his team, looks like it will be as challenging as ever for competitors.

    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

    Fence 2: Lambert’s Sofa

    Fence 3: Fairfax Saddles Table

    Fence 4ab: Lion Bridge

    View over 4a

    Fence 4b (jumped coming towards the camera)

    Fence 5ab: Anniversary Splash

    Fence 5b

    Fence 6abc: Lakeside Corners — riders have the option of a step up bounce (first picture below) to a corner on the right, or just the corner on the left. There is a third alternative 6c (the longest route), which is a brush hedge

    Fence 7: Collyweston Slate Mine

    Fence 7 side view

    Fence 8: Capability’s Cutting

    Fence 9, 10, 11ab: Storm Doris — the fastest route is to jump the right-hand arm of the log to the corner on the right. The slightly longer route is to jump the left-hand corner of the first log, to the left-handed arm and then over a narrow fence at part c

    Fence 10 and 11ab side view

    Fence 12: Winners’ Avenue

    Fence 13: Cottesmore Leap

    Fence 14: Arched Roll Top

    Fence 15ab: Keeper’s Brushes — riders have the option to jump either two brush boxes on the left, or two triple brushes on the right

    Fence 16ab, 17: Land Rover Dairy Farm

    Alternatives to fast route above:

    Fence 18abc, 19: Rolex Combination

    Alternative routes:

    Fence 20abc: Joules At The Maltings — there isn’t much difference in time wastage at either of the fence 20a options

    Alternative 20b

    Fence 20c:

    Alternative 20c:

    Fence 21: Captain’s Log

    Fence 22, 23abcd: Land Rover Trout Hatchery:

    Long route for fence 22, 23abcd

    Fence 24ab: Herberts’ Hollow

    Alternative 24ab, which can be ridden on a line to avoid the undulations of the hollow

    Fence 25: Irish Horse Gateway

    Fence 26abc, 27: Discovery Valley

    View from 26abc to 27

    Alternative 26a and b

    Alternative 26c

    Alternative 27

    Fence 28: Rolex Grand Slam Rails

    Fence 29ab, 30: FEI Classics Leaf Pit

    View from 29a

    Alternative 29a

    Alternative 29b

    Alternative 30

    Fence 31ab: Discovery Valley

    Fence 32abc: Arena Homecoming

    Fence 33: Picnic Table

    Fence 34: Land Rover Finale

    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).

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