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Eight thousand spectators flock to international horse trials

The Burnham Market International Horse Trials. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Riders from around the world have been at the three-day Burnham Market International Horse Trials in North Norfolk.

Yesterday they took on the cross country course, after earlier dressage and show jumping events.

Around 8,000 spectators have braved a mixture of weather conditions.

For many of the riders, the event is about getting ready for a busy European season.

Horse trials attract record crowds

The organisers of the Burnham Market Horse Trials in Norfolk say this weekend's event attracted record crowds. Gate numbers were up over 15% on previous years.

Record crowds watched this year's Burnham Market Horse Trials Credit: ITV

Not only did visitors enjoy top level sport, with riders from 22 countries and many Badminton Horse Trials bound combinations having a last run, there was also a wide range of trade stands and children's entertainment.

Event Organiser Alec Lochore said;

"It was great to see so many people both watching the action and shopping in the tradestands. Several competitors remarked to me how much they enjoyed riding in front of such enthusiastic spectators."

Oliver Townend won in two classes, one of them on Armada, his ride at Badminton Horse Trials in two weeks time. He commented;

"I always enjoy Burnham Market. It's a perfect event to set the horses up for the rest of the season. It also seems to be a lucky event for me, which makes it even more enjoyable." **

**Oliver has now won the Three Star at Burnham Market an impressive seven times.

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Horse trials at Burnham Market

Horse rider at Burnham Market International Horse Trials Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the world's top horseriders are preparing for the Olympic Games by competing at an event in Norfolk. Team GB hopefuls including Zara Phillips and Piggy French will be at the Burnham Market International Horse Trials.

The competition, which started yesterday and runs until Saturday, includes dressage, show jumping and cross country.

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