Burghley Horse Trials 2014   Leave a comment

There’s no place like the Burghley Horse Trials – it’s a wonderful mixture of all the layers of the British social strata, world class sports and … unbelievably expensive shopping!

Here’s the story of Friday and Saturday in words and pictures:

First of all the weather forecast lied, or rather it failed to accurately ‘forecast’ what the weather would be doing 24hrs ahead. So Friday at Burghley, which featured the Dressage and Young Horse competition, was dull and overcast with intermittent cold breezes, not the balmy 20-23 degrees we’d been teased with getting.

Arriving early (8am-ish) we parked up and walked down the hill to the ‘shopping village’. Precautions need to be taken before entering here; like leaving all credit and debit cards at home (or at least away from the wife) and all folding money left in a sock in cupboard back at home. Fail to heed this advice and you either face bankruptcy or a divorce.

And I kid you not when I say that this purpose built Land Rover showroom showcased some of the less expensive items for sale in the ‘village’.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0301Land Rover – as main sponsors of the Burghley Horse Trials where…..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0391 … pretty much everywhere.

Here’s a picture of a horse for those of you expecting horsey pics in this Blog:

Burghley Horse Trials 2014 Alex Postolowsky 2nd in young horseThis is Alex Postolowsky coming 2nd in the Young Horse competition (I think these were 5yr olds).

But back to the real Burghley…

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0304.. this is the Dubarry shop which unquestionably has the best stand in the village; great product sold by beautiful people in opulent surroundings complete with a drinks bar at the back.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0332.. oh and it’s dog friendly.

In fact Burghley wouldn’t be Burghley without the dogs – it’s almost compulsory to bring one (or 5) with you.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0402Awwww. This is Poppy the Lurcher puppy – totally knackered and being carried by it’s owner.

Here’s another picture of a Horse to keep you going:

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0347Another 5yr old put through it’s paces.

Perversely one of the most popular shops at the event was this Bacon Butty stand; look at those queues! Nowhere else was this popularity repeated. Makes you feel proud to be British!

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0007This was about 8:15am, but the queues persisted for most of the day.

Not only is Burghley festooned with beautiful people …..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0302…. but it is crowded out with denizens of real character…..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0018The Cigar shop.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0400Tim from the Basket Emporium.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014 CubanMr waistcoat.

And there were horses…

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0184… this fence is Cottesmore Leap. Possibly one of the most frightening fences on the Cross Country course. But not if you don’t look down.

And if you had been tempted by all the multitude of shopping experiences..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0353… and your funds were running low…

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0314.. and maybe you wanted to buy some Cheese..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0397… or a life-sized drift wood sculpture

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0307…. or a sketch of your pooch…Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0306… or some artisan bread..

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0325.. then you could always top up here!

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0319Yup – mobile cash machines.

One of the ways of saving money is to bring your own food and drink. Eating in the car park is always a very popular option. Done here with aplomb.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0375Chilled champagne is, of course, de rigueur.

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0062Of course at such a sporting event there are lots of photographers. Here’s one in a dilemma: he doesn’t want to walk all the way around the water obstacle (‘cos we are all basically lazy) but he is worried about making this leap with a few grands worth of photographic kit around his neck! Oh what to do? He eventually stepped across uneventfully. Mores the pity as I had my camera poised. 🙂

So there you have it – the wonder that is Burghley Horse Trials. I hope this gave you a flavour of the day and I apologise for there being only a few horsey pics.

I shall leave you with a picture of how all that money sloshing around made us feel on occasion:

Burghley Horse Trials 2014_0394

(C) Drew Smith Photography.


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