Exceptional equestrian competition, Olympic silver medal-winning British riders and two updated Land Rover models came together at year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Land Rover has sponsored the annual event at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, for the past eight years. The company is also official vehicle supplier of Equestrian Team GBR, and a partner of the British Equestrian Federation, governing body of horse sports in the UK.
Thousands of visitors had a unique chance to show their appreciation for the successful Olympic eventing team when four members took part in a celebration parade. Zara Phillips, Nicola Wilson, William Fox-Pitt and Mary King toured Burghley in one of the Queen's State Review Vehicles, appropriately a Range Rover. Land Rover supported the horse trials with more than 70 vehicles, ensuring that competitors, medical teams, fence judges and officials had access to the world’s most capable off-roader. Models from the current range also form part of the specially designed feature fences on the cross country course. The event also marked the UK debut of the 2013 Land Rover Freelander and 2013 Land Rover Defender. Both feature revised standard equipment and design details, and are on sale at dealerships now.
Zara Phillips helped choose the winner of the Land Rover Perfect Tailgate Picnic competition saying, 'Land Rover vehicles have the best tailgates for picnics, so I was happy to take part. Judging was great fun and a lot of people had made a massive effort – the tablecloths, barbecues and gazebos were out in force. It was very hard to pick a winner but I think we found a good one.'
A voucher for a Land Rover Experience and bottle of champagne went to the first prize winners, the Ticehurst, Parry and Glynn-Fox families, visiting Burghley from Bishop’s Stortford. The judges were very impressed with how the three families had packed their Land Rover Discovery with food, planning in advance the full day's tailgate picnic menu, which included bacon butties for breakfast and a tapas spread for lunch.
The overall winner of the prestigious three-day competition – collecting the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy and a first prize of £55,000 was Andrew Nicholson. Riding Avebury, owned by Rosemary Barlow, it was the New Zealander’s third success at Burghley but his first for 12 years.