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Defender Burghley Horse Trials 2023

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Celebrating Equestrian Excellence with BHT Radio

The Defender Burghley Horse Trials, one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar, once again took the world by storm in 2023. As equestrian enthusiasts from around the globe flocked to the picturesque Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England, they were treated to a spectacle of talent, skill, and courage. Amidst all the thrilling events, one aspect that truly stood out was the remarkable BHT Radio service, which not only provided essential updates but also immersed attendees in the rich world of equestrian sports.


The Magnificent Burghley Horse Trials


Burghley Horse Trials, also known as the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials due to its sponsorship by Land Rover, has a rich history dating back to 1961. It’s a four-day eventing competition that encompasses dressage, cross-country, and show jumping phases, attracting top riders and their magnificent equine partners from all over the world.


But what truly sets Burghley apart is its unique blend of heritage and innovation. The stunning Burghley House, a 16th-century Elizabethan mansion, serves as a breathtaking backdrop for the event. Its meticulously maintained parklands, lakes, and gardens create an idyllic setting for showcasing equestrian excellence. However, alongside this historical charm, Burghley has always embraced modernity, making it a true celebration of both tradition and progress.


Burghley Horse Trials Official Website

BHT Radio: The Heartbeat of the Event


Amidst the excitement and fervour of the Burghley Horse Trials, staying up-to-date with the latest developments and insights is essential for spectators, competitors, and organizers alike. This is where BHT Radio comes into play.


BHT Radio is the official radio service of the Defender Burghley Horse Trials. It serves as the event’s auditory lifeline, keeping attendees informed, entertained, and engaged throughout the competition. Here’s what makes it so special:


Live Commentary and Updates:


BHT Radio provides real-time commentary and updates on all phases of the event. Whether you’re in the grandstands or wandering through the trade stands, you can tune in to BHT Radio and never miss a moment of the action.


Expert Insights: 


The radio service brings together a team of expert commentators and equestrian enthusiasts who provide in-depth analysis, rider interviews, and behind-the-scenes stories. This adds an extra layer of depth to the Burghley experience, enhancing spectators’ understanding of the sport.


Interactive Features:


BHT Radio doesn’t just broadcast; it engages. Attendees can submit questions and interact with the hosts, creating a sense of community among equestrian enthusiasts. It’s a platform where everyone, from novices to experts, can share their passion.




Notably, BHT Radio offers accessibility features such as audio descriptions for visually impaired attendees, ensuring that the event is inclusive and welcoming to all.




For those who can’t be on-site or want to relive the excitement later, BHT Radio offers archives via the Burghley Official Website, allowing fans to catch up on any missed action or enjoy the highlights at their leisure.

The Champions of Burghley 2023

Now, let’s turn our attention to the stars of the show – the riders and their equine companions who conquered the formidable Burghley course in 2023.


1. Oliver Townend | Ballaghmor Class

In a stunning display of skill and precision, the title of Champion of the Defender Burghley Horse Trials 2023 went to Oliver Townend riding Ballaghmor Class. Their exceptional performance across all phases of the competition earned them a well-deserved victory and a place in the annals of equestrian history.

Listen to Oliver’s winners package here.


2. David Doel | Galileo Nieuwmoed

A close second in this fiercely competitive event was David Doel riding Galileo Nieuwmoed. Their remarkable partnership and unwavering determination kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the competition.

Listen to David’s final interview here.


3. Harry Meade | Cavalier Crystal

The podium was completed by Harry Meade, riding Cavalier Crystal. Their outstanding performance showcased the depth of talent at Burghley and left spectators in awe of their equestrian prowess.

Listen to Harry’s final interview here.

The Defender Burghley Horse Trials 2023 was another testament to the enduring allure of equestrian sports. The combination of world-class competition, breathtaking scenery, and a deep commitment to embracing modern technology made it an unforgettable experience.


At the heart of this event was BHT Radio, a service that not only kept everyone informed but also fostered a sense of community among attendees. With its live commentary, expert insights, interactive features, and commitment to accessibility, BHT Radio is a shining example of how technology can enhance the equestrian experience.


As we celebrate the winners and their remarkable achievements at Burghley 2023, we can be certain that BHT Radio will continue to be the heartbeat of the event, connecting equestrian enthusiasts and making the magic of Burghley accessible to all.