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Burnham Market Horse Trials attracts a star-studded line-up

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Burnham Market International Horse Trials is set to deliver a real Easter treat this weekend with many of the world’s leading horses and riders heading to North West Norfolk to enjoy three days of top class sport.

Eight of the world’s current top ten riders have entries, with world number one Oliver Townend set to run three of his Badminton Horse Trials prospects – Tregilder, Swallow Springs and Olympic Team Gold medallist, Ballaghmor Class.

He also has the promising mare Cooley Rosalent entered in the CCI4*-S, looking to carry forward the success they enjoyed when winning the CCI3*-S at Burnham Market last year.

Oliver Townend in action
Oliver Townend in action

In total, more than 40 combinations on the start list are hoping to be bound for Badminton this spring – from first timers to the reigning champions, Piggy March and Vanir Kamira.

Piggy finished second in the CCI-S 4* at this event last year with Trevor Dickens’ superstar mare and fans will be hoping they can go one better next week before heading on to defend their Badminton title.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the first of our international competitions for 2022,” said event organiser for Musketeer Event Management, Jenny Meiklejohn.

Zara Tindall and Class Affair competing at the Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials.. (8546650)
Zara Tindall and Class Affair competing at the Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International Horse Trials.. (8546650)

“Last year was a phenomenal year for eventing in this country and we are proud to have been part of the journey for those riders who chose to have prep runs with us on the way to their incredible success last summer – such as Kitty King and Vendredi Biats, who finished a close second in the 4* at this very fixture last spring before going on to take the Team Gold medal at the European Championships in Avenches.

“We look forward to hosting some tremendous sport at Burnham Market again this year and delivering a real Easter treat for all!”

Other big names listed among the entries include William Fox-Pitt and Zara Tindall.

The action starts on Thursday and runs over three days with the main cross country classes on Saturday. Gates open at 8am each day and tickets can be bought through the website www.musketeer.co.uk and on the gate.

The event will be a family occasion with plenty of other attractions including a trade stand village, falconry, food and a funfair.

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