From the inaugural winner to a modern-day star, Ellie Hughes, Catherine Austen and Pippa Roome pick Burghley’s horse heroes
The first of the 12 horses who have won both Burghley Horse Trials and Badminton Horse Trials was Merely-A Monarch, who took the inaugural Burghley in 1961, aged six. On this occasion and winning Badminton the next spring, he was more than 40 points clear of the field.
Anneli Drummond-Hay then took Merely-A-Monarch showjumping, where he had a spectacular second career.
“He was gorgeous-looking with incredible scope; stunningly brave and careful. He was a class horse in a league of his own,” remembers Lucinda Green.
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