World class field riding at Burnham Market trials

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Burnham International horse trials 'William Fox-Pitt on Seacookie ENGANL00120130330141819

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An action-packed Burnham Market international horse trials is underway.

The competition was due to begin yesterday and will run through until late on Saturday afternoon.

Sixteen nations are represented and many of the world’s top riders are involved including William Fox-Pitt, Mark Todd, Mary King and Andrew Nicholson – all of them Olympians and champions. There will also be a strong contingent of up-and-coming competitors and a number of local riders hoping to feature in the results.

With the European Championships looming, selectors will be out and about assessing horses and riders for inclusion in the GB team.

In all, around 600 horses will be taking part, completing dressage tests, show jumping and tackling the cross country course at Sussex Farm.

Action starts shortly after 8am today and tomorrow and continues until around 3pm on both days. As well as some hot competition in the arenas and on the cross country course, visitors will find trade stands and entertainment and activities for children.

The first event ran at Sussex Farm in 1999, and over the years it has become well established within the eventing calendar. It was awarded international status in 2003 and now the event hosts a range of classes from lower levels right through to CIC***.

The main sponsor this time is West Norfolk-based Bacon.co.uk