The dressage times have been released for this week’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The first phase gets underway tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September) at 9.30am, with Tom Crisp and Coolys Luxury the first pair in the arena. They finished 19th here last year and 11th in 2014.
Paul Sims and Glengarnock will be next to go at 9.38am, kicking off their third trip at the autumn four-star.
The first non-British pair to take to the stage are Irish combination Alan Nolan and Bronze Flight at 10.02am.
H&H blogger Ben Way will follow Alan into the arena at 10.10am, riding the ex-racehorse Galley Light.
Riders numbered through to 45 will do their dressage tomorrow, with the remainder performing on Friday (2 September).
The ground jury, who judge the dressage, consists of president Sue Baxter (Britain), plus members Anne-Mette Binder (Denmark) and David Lee (Ireland).
Among the favourites who will come before the ground jury tomorrow are New Zealand’s Jonelle Price with Classic Moet (3.54pm) and Australian Andrew Hoy’s first horse Rutherglen (11.56am).
Oliver Townend is the only rider with three horses in the field at Burghley this year. He does his first test at 9.54am tomorrow (Dromgurrihy Blue), his second at 9.38am on Friday (Samuel Thomas II) and his third at 4.26pm on Friday (MHS King Joules). Oliver’s last horse is the final runner in the field.
The guinea pig, who runs through the test to help the ground jury get their eye in and check all the systems are working, but who does not contest the actual competition, is Emilie Chandler at 9.10am.
We are providing our H&H Live service from every phase at Burghley this year, with expert commentary from Rio short-listed rider Anna Ross in the dressage. Sign up for a reminder when the coverage starts.
Make sure you buy this week’s H&H (dated 1 September) for your full 16-page Burghley pull-out. This includes a form guide with details of every horse and rider competing, plus the dressage test and cross-country course map.
Full 17-page report of Burghley in H&H next week (dated 8 September), including expert comment from ground jury president Sue Baxter and cross-country course-designer Mark Phillips, as well as thrills and spills photos and full analysis of ever phase.