5-8 September 2024

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New Event Director Announced

Martyn Johnson Appointed As Event Director

Tuesday, October 05, 2021 - 12:00
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We are delighted to announce that Martyn Johnson has been appointed Event Director of Defender Burghley Horse Trials. The Board of Burghley Horse Trials Limited was extremely impressed with the number and quality of candidates who applied for the position but Martyn clearly stood out as the candidate best suited to take the event forward into the next stage of its development.

Martyn has been involved with event organisation and Eventing for more than a decade. He has been Event Director at Burgham International since 2013, developing the event into a key fixture in the British calendar. He was also Sport Director of the Event Rider Master series, working closely across Europe with event organisers, technical officials, national federations and the FEI to deliver the series successfully.

Commenting on his appointment, Martyn stated, “Defender Burghley Horse Trials is an iconic event at a superb venue with so much history. I am honoured to take on the role of Event Director and am looking forward to working closely with all at Burghley to deliver the 2022 event and beyond. While respecting the traditions of the event and what is evidently successful, I am excited about exploring new ideas in the future to complement what is already great about one of the world's premier equestrian sporting occasions.”

The 2022 Defender Burghley Horse Trials will take place from Thursday 1st September to Sunday 4th September; tickets will go on sale at the end of April 2022.