The Burghley Young Event Horse series has been a popular feature of Burghley Horse Trials for over 25 years and is acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four-star’ horses at an early stage. Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the next type of young event horse to be considered the best material to make a world-class Three Day Eventer.
The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude, which with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong Three Day Eventer.
The winner is that with the highest overall marks across four sections, Dressage, Jumping, Conformation & Type and Suitability & Potential. Each horse performs a simple dressage test to show its paces to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and correct, elastic and regular gaits. Following immediately after the dressage test each horse jumps a course of fences. Judges are looking for a bold athletic horse with a good technique.
Horses are assessed in hand for the Conformation and Type stage; their build and type should enable them to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina.
The top ten highest scoring horses from the first three sections are invited to come into the ring to be assessed on presence and ‘star-quality’. The horses are ordered into a line according to the Judge’s opinion of their potential.