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Full line-up includes British gold medal winners at world championships last year, Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Gemma Tattersall




Riders from all over the world will be heading to West Norfolk next week (Friday to the Sunday, April 12-14) for the annual Burnham Market international horse trials.

Fourteen nations will be represented and big names will include Oliver Townend, William Fox-Pitt and the Queen’s grand-daughter Zara Tindall.

The full line-up also includes members of the British gold medal winning team at the world championships last year, Piggy French, Tom McEwen and Gemma Tattersall.

Burnham Market Horse trials....Oliver Townend riding Samuel Thomas II. (8186386)
Burnham Market Horse trials....Oliver Townend riding Samuel Thomas II. (8186386)

Other top flight riders such as Tim and Jonelle Price, Andrew Nicholson and Caroline Powell from New Zealand, and British favourites Pippa Funnell and Mary King will also be present. The event, sponsored by Barefoot Estates, runs from Friday, April 12, until Sunday, April 14, with a total of 845 entries taking part.

Several are bringing a string of horses including the winner here for the last 11 years, Oliver Townend, with seven rides.

Zara Tindall aims to bring four horses, including a couple of novices.

In a change of scheduling, the star riders will be competing their top horses on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the intermediate and advanced classes take place and Sunday’s action will be dominated by the international show jumping phases.

The trials are not just about horses.

Fen Falconry will be attending, with a variety of birds of prey, while the Lowestoft dog agility team will be in action.

Attractions also include bungee trampolines, bouncy castles, a climbing wall, circus workshops and more than 40 shops.


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