Are you heading to Burghley Horse Trials this week? I cannot believe it has been a year already since last year's phenomenal event. The countdown is officially on with this year's event kicking off in less than 48 hours. We're heading down on the Saturday for the world famous Cross Country day and I cannot wait!
Burghley is undoubtedly my favourite equestrian event of the year and I always look at it as the most spectacular end to the Summer. Each year, people in their thousands flock to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to soak up the amazing atmosphere, watch some incredible horse and rider combinations and to shop until they drop - literally!
I have grown up with an unwavering love of horses and Eventing is one of those disciplines that never ceases to amaze me and so Burghley is a must-attend event for me each year. The respect I have for the riders and the size of balls they must have is unquestionable! As a rider - and I am sure many of you can relate to this - who is nowhere near as fearless as the professionals and who knows just how hard it is to actually get a horse to do what you're asking at that kind of level, there is something mesmerising about watching the dozens of combinations take to the course or ride that perfect dressage test as the grandstands gaze on in awe.
With Burghley only days away, I wanted to put together a little guide of my top places to visit. If you've never been and have nothing planned this weekend, I urge you to head on down to Stamford, I am sure you'll have a brilliant time.
How to make the most of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2018:
If you can travel up the evening before the day/days you intend to visit, find a nice place to stay locally and use this as your base.
If you are driving up the morning of - leave in good time, stock up on coffee and snacks because for most it is a fairly long journey (4 hours for us!). Make sure you know where you're heading to before setting off, use a sat-nav or Google Maps.
Dress appropriately for the weather and for the huge amount of walking you'll be doing. Do not underestimate how far you'll walk when you're there.
Bring a change of clothes. I would recommend bringing a couple of wardrobe changes just incase Mother Nature decides to have a little fun! I always pack a waterproof jacket with me, something for the hot weather and something for the cold/rain. A girl can never have too many clothes!
Pack light. You'll want to bring a bag with you with your necessities (bank card and money) but be careful not to overload it. You'll be lugging it around all day. Trust me, what feels light at the start of the today most definitely won't at the end, once you have added three or four bags of shopping.
If you're heading up on the Saturday to watch the XC like us, plan ahead. Choose the fences you would like to see some action of as it is such a vast space that trying to walk around it without a real plan of action is almost impossible.
Make some time to visit the OTHER attractions. These are often forgotten about and often isn't showcased quite as much as perhaps it should be. There is so much more to do at Burghley other than just watching the horse-rider combinations and shopping; there is a MUSTO Cross Country Simulator you can have a go at, The Field Gun Dog Display, Land Rover Experiences and you can even have a go at Dog Agility if you're bringing your four-legged friends along.
Enjoy yourself! Take time to visit the smaller stands that you haven't yet heard of, I guarantee you'll be sure to find some hidden treasures!
My Top Places To Visit:
There are of course some obvious must see stands like; Fairfax & Favor or Dubarry which
I don't really need to tell you to visit. You're bound to anyways.
Plus there is normally the option for a glass of bubbles so it's the perfect pit-stop.
Bizzarely Burghley's website doesn't list stand numbers by the exhibitors names so I can't tell you exactly where they are, but hopefully this will give you a little bit of inspiration.
Along the main shopping villages, I have picked out a few of my favourite go-to stands.
The Burghley Collection by Joules is always one to stop by and visit. You can pick up some stylish Burghley 2018 merchandise, the polo shirts or hoodies are perfect for wearing around the yard.
The Pol Roger Lodge is definitely high up on my to-do list this year. If I am lost or if anyone is looking for me, head to the Lodge and you'll be sure to find me there!
Boodles - purely to admire the stunning jewellery and to browse the stunning new collections each year. The hospitality of the staff is always second to none.
Almost Unwearoutable have a fabulous range of shooting socks and knitwear which will be excellent for the upcoming season to keep your toes warm in those trustee wellies.
Clare Brownlow who paints original fine art using pheasant feathers and ink. It's beautiful and seriously amazing, take a look!
MUSTO. You must visit MUSTO (haha, see what I did there!), they have a gorgeous new collection of not only equestrian clothing but also country and shooting gear too.
Although, I think the various Pavillions are my absolute favourite places to shop.
If you head to The Burghley Lifestyle Pavillion, you will find;
Hicks & Brown
Whale of A Time Clothing
And so so many more.
The Rural Crafts tent is home to the likes of;
County Equestrian Jewellers
Emily Cole Illustrations
And again, so so many more.
This post would be endless if I carried on so I will leave it there. To any of you heading down I hope you have the best time it is always such a great event. I am looking forward to catching up with some wonderful brands and blogging friends and would love to catch up with any of you so please, if you do see me, feel free to say hello!
Until next time...
Lots of love,