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Burghley heroes: 10 of the greatest horses *H&H Plus*

From the inaugural winner to a modern-day star, Ellie Hughes, Catherine Austen and Pippa Roome pick Burghley’s horse heroes

Merely-A-Monarch

Best burghley horses: Merely-A-Monarch

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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