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Sunday, 30 July 2017

CIC3* Action from Burgham Horse Trials

This weekend was Burgham Horse Trials and due to when we are usually on holiday, I've never been to watch since it was given its FEI classes. We're very lucky to have classes up to 3* right on our doorstep.

So on Saturday, we head up to the event, nestled in a beautiful part of Northumberland approximately 10 miles north of Morpeth, to enjoy watching some of the world's top combinations being put through their paces in the showjumping and across the country.

The main showjumping arena is pretty spectacular, with tents, shops and food & drink hugging 3 of its sides. It's also not marked out with string or rope, but instead with white barriers, just like you get at the side of a race track.

We arrived about half way through the 3* showjumping and with heavy showers in the few days before and in fact all week long, it was great to see the arena surface was in a great condition!! Even throughout the day, it didn't seem to cut up or become boggy.... & we got some pretty heavy showers on the day itself!

About ten minutes after arriving, I spotted Ludwig Svennerstal in the warm up, to find out he was next to come in. Great! Ludwig is one of my favourite riders and I really enjoy watching him - take a read through my recent Q&A with him to find out how he finds drive & motivation within the sport. it was fantastic to then be able to briefly meet Ludwig in person while he enjoyed watching a couple of rounds of showjumping.

Ludwig Svennerstal Showjumping at Burgham Horse Trials

Ludwig Svennerstal Showjumping at Burgham Horse Trials
Ludwig Svennerstal & Louis finish their
showjumping at Burgham Horse Trials

Showjumping at Burgham

Around the showjumping arena, it was nice to feel a hustle and bustle, and to see a lot of spectators enjoying the competitions taking place.

We were very lucky to see Zara Tindall & High Kingdom jump a beautiful clear round and in the time - something which we hadn't seen in the first 30 mins or so.

We also watched rounds from Oliver Townend, Andrew Hoy, Ben Hobday & Kitty King. 

It was pretty cool that right after her showjumping round, Kitty popped off her horse to present three of the volunteers from The Pegasus Centre with their Silver YELA award - what a way to celebrate such an achievement by having your certificate handed to you by a Team GB Olympic rider who is literally in the middle of competing. Hats off to Kitty & well done Emily, Eleanor and Sarah!!

Burgham Horse Trials has a second arena with showjumping in for pure British Showjumping classes which also take place throughout the day. However, after enjoying a stroll around the cross country and coming to the main arena, I was a little perplexed as to why the showjumps looked MASSIVE...

Well, because in between the CIC3* and 1* classes ran the British Showjumping Grand Prix 1.40m. I really enjoyed watching the riders and horses jumping around on the grass arena, and was pleased to see local rider Annabel Shields coming second in the class!

Cross country at Burgham Horse Trials

If you like water complexes, Burgham has it! Boasting three water combinations, with angled jumps, hanging logs and brush fences. We headed to the last water first as this was the walk way between the showjumping arenas and the course, watching a few combinations come through before the sunshine turned to grey and the heavens opened. We were soaked, seeking shelter against the back of a food wagon!! Fortunately, it only last five minutes, and there was a warm wind so we soon dried off again!

We caught Ludwig & Louis at this water combination, making it look like a schooling exercise at home.

As we walked down to the other two water combinations, we enjoyed catching up with people who you don't really see unless you're out and about, particularly loving one of their new puppies, who at just 13 weeks old, gave Harry some entertainment!!

Here's Oliver Townend bounding through one of the other combinations.

After enjoying some sunshine down at the water, we headed back to the main arena and had a browse of the shops before heading home. 

I hadn't seen the full results of the CIC3* before I left but was happy to discover Laura Collett & Mr Bass had taken the title! Burgham's Facebook page did a nice interview with Laura after she had found out that she had won...it was great to hear her speak so highly of the event (I'm sure the organising committee were very pleased to hear her positive feedback!)

Future events at Burgham Horse Trials

Burgham Horse Trials runs twice a year - in July but also in March. Both dates seen classes from BE90 to FEI CIC3*, with the July date having the additional British Showjumping classes & qualifiers running. July also sees the BYEH classes in the Burgham schedule.

Make sure you've got it in your diary to head to next year!

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  1. Sounds like the cross country at Burgham is amazing! Would be so cool to go and watch one day!

    1. It was a lovely course, which they seem to add to and tweak each year to make sure it just gets better and better! :)

  2. Looks like a lovely event. I'm always in awe of combinations which make those fences look like a walk in the park!

    1. The professionals always make the biggest of fences look like 2ft poles to pop... Amazing!

  3. Looks like a lovely event! I would love to come and watch. Cross county is my favorite of the events to photograph, and the most demanding in my opinion. We have the Jersey Fresh International near me every May, which I had the benefit of attending and writing about. It was awe-inspiring.

    1. I love watching, just wish I was a bit better at the photography side!


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