Presented by Beta

3RD - 5TH AUGUST 2018


Details for 2018 will be available in the New Year


This hugely popular competition has been integral to Burghley Horse Trials for nearly 30 years and is still acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.

Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse.

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 from four sections:

I Dressage Out of 30
up to 0.90m for 4 year olds
up to 1.05m for 5 year olds
 Out of 40
 Conformation (12 marks) & Quality (8 marks)
 Out of 20
 Suitability & Potential
 1 - 10

Dressage: each horse performs a simple dressage test to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and, correct, elastic and regular gaits.  Marks are not awarded for individual movements.

Jumping: follows immediately after the dressage.  Judges are looking for a bold athletic horse with good technique. A horse should not necessarily be penalised for knocking down one fence (or even a four year old having one refusal), providing he learns from his mistake.However, a fall of horse or rider or three cumulative refusals will result in elimination.

Conformation and Quality: assessed in hand.  The horses’ build and type should enable them to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina.

Suitability and Potential: the top ten highest scoring horses from sections I – III are invited to come into the Ring to be assessed on potential international quality.  The horses are brought into line in the order that the judge sees their potential.Ten marks will be awarded to the horse that the judge selects first, 9 to the second, 8 to the third, etc down to 1 mark to the tenth horse.These marks are added to those from the previous 3 sections to establish the winner

One horse per 15 starters at today’s event will qualify for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals which take place at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Friday, 1 September.  For further information on the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials including admission prices for spectators and advanced bookings see