Sports Listings: Plan ahead: Horse trials at Burghley and Blenheim

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THE final two international horse trials of the British season, at Burghley in Lincolnshire, and Blenheim in Oxfordshire, take place next month.

The Burghley Remy Martin Horse Trials, from 2 to 5 September, have been brought forward a week to avoid clashing with the European Championships in Achselschwang, Germany. The domestic feast continues a fortnight later, from 16 to 19 September, at the Blenheim Audi International Horse Trials, now in its fourth year.

Burghley is, with Badminton, the most senior horse trials in Britain. First held in 1961, the trials take place in the grounds of Burghley House, an Elizabethan building little changed since its completion in 1587. The Blenheim event is held in the park at Blenheim Palace, finished in 1722.

Burghley Remy Martin Horse Trials, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 2-5 September.

Venue: Burghley House, east of A1, 12 miles north-west of Peterborough.

Admission: Thursday and Friday (dressage) pounds 10 per car (up to five adults); pounds 3 pedestrians, accompanied children under-12 free (all days). Saturday (cross country) pounds 10 car, pounds 5 each passenger; pounds 5 pedestrians. Sunday (show jumping) pounds 10 per car (up to five adults); pounds 4 pedestrians. Four-day car ticket pounds 30 ( pounds 5 each passenger on Saturday). Membership pounds 55 (includes one guest). Members' caravan park pounds 45. Tickets and seats available from Burghley Horse Trials Office, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LH. (Tel: 0780-52131).

Tourist Information Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DL (Tel: 0780-55611).

Blenheim Audi International Horse Trials, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, 16-19 September.

Venue: Blenheim Palace is on A34, seven miles north-west of Oxford.

Admission: Thursday and Friday (dressage) pounds 5 adults, pounds 2.50 children under-16 (under-fives free all weekend); Saturday (cross country) pounds 8, pounds 4; Sunday (show jumping) pounds 6, pounds 3. Four-day ticket pounds 20, pounds 12. Family ticket (two adults and up to three children): Saturday pounds 20; Sunday pounds 12. Grandstand seat (Sunday) pounds 7. Caravan pass (up to four people) pounds 75. Tickets available from Merit Direct, Merit House, Timothy's Bridge Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9HY (Tel: 0789-200204).

Tourist Information Centre, Hensington Road, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1JQ (Tel: 0993-811038).