It's all systems go for Burnham horse trials in April
Top riders and more than 600 horses from all over the country are lining up to compete at Burnham Market horse trials later this month.
Even Zara Tindall, who gave birth to a son less than three weeks ago, has an entry in one of the novice classes on Twinkle, a horse owned by her grandmother The Queen.
With equestrian events up and running again, the Barefoot Retreats-sponsored Burnham event taking place from April 16-18 has attracted competitors keen to take part in the first international event of the year.
Although there is a chance Zara may not appear, big names on the entry list include William Fox-Pitt, the world's current number one Oliver Townend, Badminton greats Tim and Jonelle Price and other top-flight competitors such as Pippa Funnell, gold medallist Tom McEwan, Izzy Taylor and Nicola Wilson.
There are also plenty of more local competitors taking part, including Burnham Market-based Emily Lochore, wife of the event director Alec.
The organisers have confirmed that a limited number of spectators will be allowed but that tickets must be pre-booked. There will be no admission on the day. For information and find out how to book: www.musketeer.co.uk
“It is fantastic to be able to welcome people back and especially the owners who can finally get out to see their horses compete.”
Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are available
Looking ahead, Musketeer Event Management has also confirmed that the Houghton International Horse Trials will take place at Houghton Hall on the last weekend in May and that, hopefully, things will be more relaxed and 'normal' for spectating.
This event will feature a packed programme of equestrian classes in addition to the main event. Showing classes will include some major championship qualifiers which have been transferred to Houghton as a result of the cancellation of the Norfolk and Suffolk county shows this summer.