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Featured Video: The Burghley Horse Trials...with dogs.

Get a cross-country course preview of the third leg of the Grand Slam of Eventing courtesy of an athletic pack of dogs.

By Leslie Potter | August 31, 2017

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The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials gets underway in Stamford, England, today with two days of dressage followed by what is sure to be an exciting cross-country day on Saturday.

But before the horses and riders tackle the scenic course designed by Capt. Mark Phillips, a different group of four-legged athletes gave it a test run. Meet the dogs of Burghley.

The dogs make easy work of the first fence, the Olympic legacy, which you may recognize from London 2012 where it was the final fence on the Olympic cross-country course.

The waterdogs enjoy a splash through fence 4, Burghley’s iconic Lion Bridge, and fence 5, the Anniversary Splash.

Fences 9, 10, and 11 are a new section of the course called Storm Doris, named after the massive winter storm that downed the trees that now make up the jumps here. It’s also a good place to take a break, if you’re a dog.

Dogs at Burghley

Some of the more athletic canines show off their gravity-defying hops at the objectively terrifying Cottesmore Leap, although hopefully the equine competitors don’t follow their example of dropping into the three-meter ditch rather than jumping across and over it.

Fence 18 and 19, a brainteaser of oxers, ditches, and airy corners for horses and riders, makes for a fun playground for the dogs. (Will there be an actual ball pit on cross-country day, though?)

There’s another chance for dogs—but hopefully not riders—to cool off with a splash in the Land Rover Trout Hatchery at fences 22 and 23.

The penultimate fence, the picnic table, is a good place to take a break (if you’re not being timed) before finishing the journey with fence 34, the Land Rover finale.

Dogs at Burghley

If you want to see how horses handle the course, tune in to the 2017 Burghley live stream, available worldwide at the official Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Facebook page now through Sunday, September 3.


Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com

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Kathy    Bahama, NC

9/22/2017 3:56:57 AM

I think the dogs enjoyed the water more than anything! Cool them off on what looks like a hot day!

CeCe    Somewhere, GA

9/16/2017 3:55:53 AM

Puppers are sure having fun! Love the little guy! So cute!

Kathy    Bahama, NC

9/12/2017 4:00:06 AM

Would now love to see a video posted of the horses doing the course! Or at the least the winning rider on course. Sure is a beautiful set course!

Andrea    Jay Peek, VT

9/8/2017 3:58:22 AM

Ha Ha, doggie steeple chase! Love it, especially William the little guy! He's the star of the run!

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