World’s best riders will be on show at Burgham in 2017

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Burgham International Horse Trials is Northumberland’s only international event – and is fast becoming one of the best in Britain.

Now in its fourth year as an international, Burgham will host two events in 2017 – one in March (24th-26th) and one in July (27th-30th).

The premier class at each will be the CIC3* - won last year by Oliver Townend, who is currently the UK’s number one event rider.

Entries for the March event open tomorrow ( Friday, February 17).

Martyn Johnson, Burgham’s Event Director, said: “We are really excited about the 2017 season at Burgham. Tickets are now on sale for our March event, and we are expecting entries from many of Britain’s top riders. Saturday (March 25th) is cross-country day and it’s a great chance to see the world’s best in action over our spectacular cross-country courses.

“We are constantly improving our facilities and what we can offer spectators; our events are a great day out for families with good shopping opportunities and a fantastic range of locally-produced food on offer.

“Our July event will be something of a festival of the horse – as well as the international eventing competitions, there are affiliated showjumping classes and Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers.

“Our second event will once again be the fourth leg of the Shearwater Insurance Tri-Star Grand Slam, demonstrating Burgham’s importance in the eventing calendar.”

Oliver Townend said: “Burgham is one of my favourite events. I love coming to Northumberland; it’s a beautiful venue, the event itself is fantastic for both horses and riders, and we always receive an extremely warm welcome. I’ll definitely be back this year.”

Burgham’s chosen charity for 2017 is Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care, a local charity which provides transport free of charge for those undergoing treatment for cancer.

For more information and to book tickets for the events, visit www.burghamhorsetrials.co.uk.