Tearing Up The Trials

31 August 2016

Forget the four-legged athletes for just a moment and check these guys out.  

Before the horses get going at the legendary Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials tomorrow, take a look at what a couple of pro parkour runners can do on the course.  Forget "walking the course" and try "forward-flip-with-a-couple-of-half-twists" instead.  

 

 

What are the Trials?

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are one of just six CCI4* events in the world and part of the FEI Classics Series which unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit.

 

Horse Trials v Eventing

 

No such thing.  The term Horse Trials is just a throwback to the days before the term "Eventing" was used.  

 

Burghley is the final of the six leg series which starts at Les 4 Etoiles de Pau in France in October, followed by the Australian International 3 Day Event, the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in the US of A, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in the UK, the Luhmuhlen CCI4* in Germany and finally, Burghley, also in the UK.

 

Four star ranking is the highest in global Eventing competition.

 

Who’s Competing?

 

Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA and the UK

 

Ones to Watch?

 

Husband and wife team Tim and Jonelle Price from NZ.

 

Andrew Nicholson.  He's represented New Zealand at seven Olympic Games.  Yes, seven.  And in 2015 he fall of his horse and was almost paralysed.  He got back on the horse...

 

William Fox-Pitt from the UK has won it four times. 

 

Germany's Ingrid Klimke is currently the only other non British competitor to win it.

 

What's at Stake?

 

Winner gets $40,000

 

Second Place nabs $30,000

 

Come in Third and you're $20,000 up