Horse welfare will be a hot topic at this year’s Burghley Horse Trials

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Alexander Bragg and Redpath Ransom at Burghley in 2016.
Alexander Bragg and Redpath Ransom at Burghley in 2016. © Peter Nixon/Burghley Horse Trials

Leading international equine charity World Horse Welfare has been named the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Charity of the Year for 2017, in a first for the prestigious British event.

It is the first time that the Burghley, which runs this year from August 31 to September 3, has named an official charity. It is one of the world’s most renowned four-star horse trials events, and in 2016 it was listed as one of the UK’s top ten sporting events by the Deloitte Annual Sports Events Report. Last year Burghley attracted more than 155,000 visitors.

Event Director Elizabeth Inman said Burghley was thrilled to introduce a charity partner to the event, and was looking forward to working with World Horse Welfare during the milestone of its 90th year.

“After a thorough selection process, we are confident that our chosen charity’s work helping horses in the UK and internationally – and their support for the responsible use of horses in sport – will chime well with our audience.”

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said the recognition was “a true honour” to have been chosen as Land Rover Burghley’s charity of the year, noting the fantastic opportunity to showcase WHW’s global work to an extensive and relevant audience of visitors from across the world.

“We cannot wait to start working on our partnership with the event and on behalf of everyone at World Horse Welfare; I would like to express our sincere thanks to Liz Inman and her team for choosing us.”

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2016 Burghley winner Chris Burton, of Australia, and Nobilis 18.
2016 Burghley winner Chris Burton, of Australia, and Nobilis 18. © Peter Nixon/Burghley Horse Trials

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