5-8 September 2024

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First prize at Defender Burghley to be the richest in eventing

The first prize at the Defender Burghley Horse Trials (31 August-3 September 2023) will be the richest in eventing at £110,000.

Monday, March 27, 2023 - 20:50
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Defender Burghley is the autumn highlight of the British equestrian calendar. It is one of only seven horse trials around the globe to be classified as CCI5* - the highest level in international equestrian sport.

Event Director Martyn Johnson said: “We always aspire to raise the bar at Defender Burghley. As a top-class sporting occasion and to reward our athletes and owners for winning the most prestigious and challenging three-day event in the world, we feel it appropriate to offer the most valuable prize in the sport.”

This is internationally acclaimed course-designer Derek di Grazia’s second year at the helm of creating Defender Burghley’s unique and thrilling cross-country track. US-based Derek visited the site twice over the winter and is currently finalising his designs for Defender Burghley 2023, which will give a subtle twist to the course.

Tickets for 2023 will go on sale to members on Thursday, 27 April, and on general release the following day, Friday, 28 April.