Five key fences at this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the 2018 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials cross country course, and Scott Brickell, Assistant Clerk of the Course, kindly took us through five of the key fences that riders will be facing on Saturday 1st September.

Fence 5 – Discovery Valley

The Storm Doris logs from a Poplar Tree return for 2018 (they were first used last year) and make for a daunting fence. Riders have the choice of two angled logs across the ditch or a more classic ‘coffin combination’. 

Fence 9 – Discovery Valley

The turn from the first log through the valley to the maximum oxer on the causeway should be a challenge – some will want to cross the ditch to the easier option.

Fence 11 – Land Rover Trout Hatchery

Hailed as “the most difficult combination on the course”. After the Cabin above the bottom Hatchery, riders have to decide on whether to jump the Triple Brush in the water or the one on dry land. They can then switch to the faster big Log into the top Hatchery or take time to the baby one, both off a downslope. Then another choice: where do they jump out of the Hatchery to a choice of Triple Brushes into the top Pond. 

Fence 14 – Joules at the Maltings

The first oxer is brand new and massive with the bending lines to the corners or there is a more time-consuming option. 

Fence 21 – Clarence Court

Positioned near the Dairy Farm on the Burghley Estate, this completely new fence offers two tricky routes – at eight minutes it is the last serious question on the course.

A full previous of the course and more details about the 2018 event can be found HERE.