In 1987 L’Annee Hippique first requested riders in all three Olympic
disciplines to select their favourite shows based on considerations
such as stabling, ground condition and course preparation,
hospitality and prize money. Burghley, which staged its first
three-day event in 1961, won the inaugural award and has
subsequently been voted ‘Best Event’ in 1992, 1998 and 2002. This
year the event came close to being cancelled after unprecedented
rain made on-site conditions and access difficult. According to the
riders it is the attention to detail, course preparation,
hospitality and attitude that, ‘nothing’s ever too much trouble’
which they rate so highly at Burghley.
“To win an award is always
gratifying. For it to have been voted for by the riders is even
better,” said Burghley Director, Elizabeth Inman. “But to receive
such an accolade this year, after what became a testing four days,
is extra special. For the team at Burghley this recognises their
hard work and acknowledges the huge contribution they made to the
British rider Nicola Wilson, fifth
at the event this year with Opposition Buzz, was one on the riders
who voted for Burghley.
“Burghley is a fabulous venue and we
know that the course and going will always be well prepared. The
facilities such as the all-weather arena are much appreciated on top
of which the organisers are so accommodating and pleased to see you.
It is a lovely event that we always enjoy going to,” said Nicola who
first rode at Burghley ten years ago.
December 2008 -
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