Britain’s popular three-day-event at Burgham in Northumberland is having a complete cross-country makeover, with a new course designed by Blenheim’s Eric Winter.
Burgham Horse Trials is going international in July, with the addition of CIC2* and CIC3* divisions, the first time the venue has hosted classes at that level. There are also two new classes at the spring horse trials on March 29 and 30, an advanced class and an open novice under 18 event.
Last year, Burgham attracted about a thousand entries. After praise heaped on the event by competitors including former British team rider Oliver Townend and New Zealand Olympian Caroline Powell, many of the sport’s top riders have already committed to attending once again and preparations by Martyn Johnson and his organising team are well under way to provide them with increased prize money, the best ground possible and facilities.
The naturally undulating terrain at Burgham will be once again used to best effect to create an imaginative and challenging cross-country course, with the introduction of Eric Winter who designs the courses at Blenheim Palace International and Hartpury as well being a Technical Delegate at the Badminton Horse Trials, and David Evans, whose course building CV includes the Bejing Olympics. Evans is now a successful Course Designer up to 2* level at Somerford Park.
The continued support of Semore Kurdi and Sunil Mehra from Newcastle Falcons and Zara Group as well as local sponsors ensures that Burgham can continue to be ambitious going forward. Burgham is held on the property of the Hogg family.
Entry is £10 per car payable on the gate on both days.