5-8 September 2024

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Stellar names lead Burghley's Masterclasses

Defender Burghley’s brilliant main-arena Masterclasses are one of the major highlights of the much-loved Lincolnshire event. And this September, Burghley is proud to announce its most star-studded line-up yet.

Monday, July 08, 2024 - 11:59
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Defender Burghley’s brilliant main-arena Masterclasses are one of the major highlights of the much-loved Lincolnshire event. And this September, Burghley is proud to announce its most star-studded line-up yet.

While dressage maestro Carl Hester, who is expected to be competing at his seventh Olympics in August, returns to Burghley to present his extremely popular Masterclass, this year titled Groom to Grand Prix, during the lunchtime break from the CCI5* action on Friday (6 September), we also welcome three fantastic new demonstrations from William and Pippa Funnell, William and Alice Fox-Pitt and Henrietta Knight.

Triple Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight will present a Masterclass on Re-educating the Racehorse during the lunchtime break on Thursday, 5 September. She will work with four riders who have retrained their ex-racehorses to achieve success in other disciplines: Katie Dashwood (Minella Rebellion), Amanda Brieditis (Kilmarnock Lad), Sarah Pinfield (Kings Bridge) and Lizzie Harris (Glen Forsa).

After the CCI5* dressage has concluded for the day on Thursday, William Fox-Pitt and his wife Alice will take the stage. William, who has recently retired from top-level eventing, has a record 14 CCI5* wins to his credit, including an astonishing six at Defender Burghley. ITV Racing presenter Alice Fox-Pitt is the only woman to have completed both Mars Badminton Horse Trials and the Grand National course at Aintree. Their Masterclass is titled Preparing for Burghley.

And in what is sure to be a highly entertaining climax to Burghley’s host of Masterclasses, the illustrious husband-and-wife team of showjumper William and eventer Pippa Funnell - herself a dual Burghley winner - will present Showjumping - working in harmony! after dressage finishes on Friday afternoon.

To add to the weekend’s fun, and to provide a little light relief from the thrill and the tension of the CCI5* sport, the Shetland Pony Grand National will take place in the main arena before cross-country on Saturday, 7 September and before the final session of CCI5* showjumping on Sunday, 8 September.

Defender Burghley is the established highlight of the summer social season. As well as top-class sport featuring both the most famous horses and riders in the world and up-and-coming stars, in the beautiful and historic setting of Burghley Park, the event offers superb shopping opportunities, delicious food and drink, elegant hospitality options and lots to entertain children and less-horsey members of the family.

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