Posted on 21st May 2021


Burgham International Horse Trials (28 July-1 August) will host Britain’s national eventing championships for 2021.


Following a tender process, the Northumberland event has been awarded the British Open Championship, the Intermediate Championship, the Novice Championship and the Novice Restricted Championships following the cancellation of The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park for 2021.

The championships will run alongside Burgham’s well-established CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S international classes and national classes.

Burgham has quickly become one of the UK’s most popular events with top riders and owners, who appreciate the excellent conditions for horses, its friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the “can-do” attitude of its small organising team.

Burgham’s event director Martyn Johnson said: It’s very exciting for the North, which sometimes misses out on big sporting events, that the British Eventing Fixtures Panel have trusted us with running these historic and important championships. I am delighted for all the Burgham team that all our efforts to put on the best events we possibly can have been rewarded, and we have so many ideas as to how to make this year’s Burgham even more special. 

“In a year when so many of our big horse trials have gone by the wayside, Burgham 2021 will be a real celebration of equestrian sport, from the top level to grassroots. We are very much hoping that the public will be able to come and enjoy it with us.”

Jude Matthews, British Eventing CEO, said: “We are delighted that the national championship classes held at The Festival of British Eventing are being hosted by Burgham International Horse Trials for 2021. We received some very strong tenders for the classes and are thrilled to be able to offer all of the classes at the same venue, which was an important consideration for the competitors.”

Riders were represented on the fixtures panel by the president of the Eventing Riders Association (ERA), Bruce Haskell. 

“Riders at all levels were adamant that the British championships should stay together,” said Bruce. “Burgham was a clear choice as a venue that could deliver the championship feel needed for these prestigious classes. We are confident that this popular venue will be able to put on a brilliant championship for 2021. The riders would like to thank Martyn Johnson for stepping up once again to support the sport.” 

More information about when tickets will go on sale on the event website ( and the timetable for the week will follow shortly.

Cross-country from Burgham International Horse Trials will be live-streamed via Horse & Country TV’s streaming platform, H&C+.

Keep up with all the news and results from Burgham via their website.