Newcomers prepare for Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Theresa McCaffrey

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September is a busy month for horse trial and dressage competitions, with many taking place in the UK and abroad. It's therefore a great time to put on your best equestrian clothing and take the reins.

One event which is always extremely popular is the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials - which this year will see 13 new riders make their competition debut.

Between September 5th and 8th the prestigious four star trials will be held at the site in Stamford, Lincolnshire, which plays host to many famous routes - such as the cross country track, designed by Captain Mark Phillips, which is acknowledged as a highly demanding and exciting ride.

Previews of many of the courses have been available to watch online on Burghley TV, providing the competitors with a glimpse of what they can expect on the day.

Alex Postolowsky is one of the riders who will be making her debut at the four star event and is set to ride Paul Newbert's Islanmore Ginger.

She told the event's site that she couldn't wait to finally ride in the competition after visiting the Land Rover Burghley many times since she was a child.

Ms Postolowsky said: "At first glance it looked quite daunting, but it looked easier the second time, so I'm planning to watch it [the video preview] every day between now and then! It looks really jumpable.

"I could see a plan of how to jump everything and there isn't anything to catch you out unfairly. It looks like an amazing course and I can't wait to have a go."

As well as the Lincolnshire-based rider there will be six other Brits competing to win the title on home soil, as well as Astier Nicolas, Stanislas De Zuchowicz and Benjamine Massie from France, Kevin McNab from Australia and Marcelo Tosi representing Brazil.

Whether you are a rider or a spectator, there are certainly set to be many delights on offer at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with dressage and cross country expected