Burghley appoints cartoonist as official event artist

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Self portrait: Cartoonist and official Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials artist Patrick Latham.
Self portrait: Cartoonist and official Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials artist Patrick Latham.

Equestrian cartoonist Patrick Latham has been appointed as ‘official artist’ at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015, the first time there has been such a role.

Latham, who has drawn for Horse & Hound, Your Horse and British Eventing, will be documenting the action and giving his interpretation of the renowned event, which got under way in Stamford, Lincolnshire on Thursday and runs to Sunday.

The artist, who lives in neighbouring Oakham, will have his pencil poised, ready to capture the excitement with illustrations of competitors in action, spectators and other attractions, including the vast array shops and food stands.

“I enjoy attending the Burghley Horse Trials every year as a spectator and am thrilled to have been asked to become involved in a more official capacity, Latham said. 

“I am really looking forward to portraying the spirit of this brilliant event. It will be a great opportunity for drawing, with so much going on, from the pressure the competitors experience, to the power of the horses and the highs and lows of competing, which are shared between riders and spectators alike.

“As well as coming to enjoy the drama of the sporting action, a lot of people visit Land Rover Burghley for the shopping and socializing, so I am also hoping to meet a few colourful characters along the way!”

Some of Latham’s best pictures will be made available on social media, with others being offered up as competition prizes that visitors to the event will have the chance to win.

Elizabeth Inman, Event Director at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, said written documentation and photographs were a key part of recording event, “but we thought having a cartoonist on site would add a new dimension and be another way to capture the atmosphere, as well as perhaps adding a touch of humour”, she said. 

“Patrick is a very talented cartoonist with an equestrian specialism and it’s great that eventing enthusiasts will have the chance to win some of his creations and may be able to hang a hand-drawn, original illustration of their favourite rider at home.”

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