The first day of dressage at Defender Burghley Horse Trials kicks off today (31 August) and eventing fans will be keen to follow along with the action as it unfolds across the competition.

Fans can subscribe to Burghley TV with an annual subscription costing £20, which lets them livestream the event coverage, as well as access bonus content.

In addition to the livestream of the dressage, cross-country and showjumping elements of the five-star event, subscribers will be able to listen to expert commentary and insights during each phase. There will be a daily round-up magazine programme at the end of each day, and viewers will also be able to watch the final of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse competition on Friday 1 September.

The competition won’t be available to view via the BBC Red Button this year. Instead, a two hour highlights programme will be on BBC2 on Sunday 3 September at 2pm.

What else is on

Beyond the thrills of the five-star competition, there’s plenty more on offer for attendees, including demos, talks, displays – and the all important shopping.

The dressage is broken up on Thursday with talks from Yogi Breisner and Richard Waygood on cross-country, whilst the celebrity talk area sees some of the top names of the competition grace the stage, including Gemma Stevens, Tom McEwen, Zara Tindall, Kitty King, Austin O’Connor, Laura Collett and more.

Friday sees Carl Hester enter the main arena for a demonstration on taking a horse to Grand Prix, whilst Katie Jerram-Hunnable teaches some eventers side saddle once competition has finished for the day.

Saturday’s highlight is the cross-country, but before the first rider leaves the start box the Shetland Pony Grand National will be run.

Amongst the showjumping on Sunday there is plenty to see: the ROR Hoys Qualifier, the Shetland Pony Grand National and the British Army Band Colchester will entertain the crowds in the main area, followed by the parade of hounds.

Lead image: 2022 Burghley winner Piggy March (GBR) and Vanir Kamira taking part in the cross-country phase. Credit: Trevor Holt 

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