At the end of the First Horse Inspection 61 horse and rider combinations from eight nations make up the start list for the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The Members of the Ground Jury, Martin Plewa, Harry Payne and Katarzyna Konarska ensure that all horses are fit and ready to compete at this prestigious CCI4* competition. Only one horse was held for re-inspection: Roo Fox’s Fleet Street, before being passed on second presentation.
While last year’s winner, Australia’s Chris Burton is not competing in this year’s event, three-time consecutive winner Andrew Nicholson (NZ) is back following his recent Badminton win and looking to get one step closer to achieving the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew rides Qwanza and Nereo. Strong competition looks set to come from another former winner Caroline Powell (NZ) who has entered Spice Sensation and Onwards and Upwards, Oliver Townend (GB) with Samuel Thomas II and Gallaghmore Class and Sarah Bullimore (GB) with Reve du Roulet.
Former double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd 61yrs (NZ) will be the oldest rider in the field, while first-timer, Wiltshire-based Libby Seed (GB) who at 20 years; is the youngest rider entered.
International riders include former Burghley winner and Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Germany’s Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW and Boyd Martin representing the USA on Steady Eddie.
Emily Llewellyn will ride the guinea pig dressage test in front of the Ground Jury before the first combination, European Championship gold medallist Kristina Cook on Star Witness kicks off the competition in the Main Arena tomorrow morning. Live streaming will be available from 9:55am on Facebook.