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Six things to do at Burghley (that aren’t eventing)

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are a highlight of the year’s calendar, and not just because of the world-class eventing competition. Here are six other things to keep you occupied at this year’s event.

The Land Rover Experience

Land Rover has been associated with the event as official vehicle supplier since the early ’90s and title sponsor since 2005. Land Rover is celebrated at the event with a striking vehicle display and a testing off-road demonstration area, giving customers a chance to sample the car’s all-terrain capability.

Try your hand at cross country riding

Ever wanted to know what it feels like to jump round the famous Burghley cross country course? Well, now you can. Visit the Musto Mare (located behind the South Stand of the grandstand near the World of the Horse Pavilion and Lion Bridge) – a simulator featuring six to eight testing fences from the 2016 Burghley cross country course.

Learn from the experts

On Friday 31 August, World Class Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood MBE and Performance Coach Christopher Bartle will be taking to the main arena to discuss the ingredients needed for cross country success

Go behind the scenes at the trot-up

HorseQuest are once again sponsoring the Horse Inspection and have teamed up with lifestyle blogger Sophie Callaghan and HiHo Silver to go behind the scenes at the trot up with Ben Hobday and his horse Harelaw Wizard. Check out their social media updates to find out more. And, if you’re a HorseQuest Advantage member (which costs £3.50 per month), head over to the retail village afterwards to enjoy your shopping discounts!

Give your dog a workout

Many people bring their other four-legged friends with them to the event – dogs! If you fancy seeing how your dog measures up to the equine athleticism on display, head to Discovery Valley (near the Country Living Makers Marquee) where dog food brand Autarky will be inviting your canine companions to ‘have a go’ at a dog agility course. Afterwards, you can reward them with an Autarky goody bag!

Enjoy getting lost with your family

Family members of all ages will enjoy testing their sense of direction in the Box Hedge Maze at Discovery Valley. The 13m x 13m hedge maze will be manned by volunteers from The Gurkha Welfare Trust, who will also be collecting donations for the trust (suggested £1 per go). Just make sure you escape in time to get home!

Advanced tickets to Burghley close at midnight on Monday 20th August - purchase tickets HERE