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EHOA at Defender Burghley Horse Trials

With just a few weeks before Burghley gets underway it is an opportune moment to inform you about the refreshed arrangements we have made for EHOA Hospitality.  The Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year so there was no better time to plan a revamp of the hospitality arrangements and to organise a drinks party to celebrate the Association, the sport and the fun we have enjoyed together over these years.

Our sincere thanks go to Burghley for again allowing us to erect the Association’s hospitality marquee on the corner of the House Arena. Our traditional and central location facilitates our enjoyment of every aspect of the Defender Burghley CCI5* and also the LeMieux Pony Club Team jumping on Thursday, the finals of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Competition on Friday  and the BSPS Gold Cup Sports Pony Competition on Sunday.  

For 2023 a  new look marquee has been arranged for the site with the usual facilities including newspapers, wifi, posh loos and multiple screens to ensure you will have good viewing of every phase of the competition. Thank you also to Brompton Private Wealth, Elite Sportshorse Acquisitions (ESA), Shearwater Insurance Services, Taylor Woodcock Kingston and Weatherbys for enabling us to erect such a fine hospitality base at Burghley and similar facilities throughout the season at other events.  


  • Hospitality marquee located in the usual place
  • Breakfast, lunch and tea catering on offer throughout the event
  • Drinks party on Friday 1 September after the dressage  (please reserve your tickets)
  • Association AGM at 12 noon on Sunday 3 November in the EHOA Marquee. 
  • AGM to be followed by lunch
  • Stable field passes available
  • Mark Corbett course walk on offer

Drinks and Canapes to Celebrate 25 Years of the EHOA (invitation attached)

We invite you to join fellow members after the conclusion of the dressage phase on Friday 2nd September for drinks and canapes in the marquee. Friends and family are very welcome. Tickets are priced at £25 and should be booked in advance.  Simply send an e-mail with the names of attendees to:   Please do reserve tickets for yourself, friends and family to assist us with catering planning and provision. 

Hospitality Arrangements

Catering throughout the weekend will for the first time be provided by Emma Culley and her team from Village Loaf, an established company with excellent testimonials that is known for using local, fresh ingredients in its home-made offerings. We have enjoyed reviewing the menus that will be on offer to members. Sweet and savoury breakfast pastries will be followed by a salad lunch service and then cakes and other delicacies will round off each day. Nespresso coffee, fine teas, soft and alcoholic beverages will also be on sale throughout the event.

It is important to note that Emma has generously agreed to provide the catering service without a guarantee of a set minimum amount of sales.  However, we must ensure that she makes the expected return on her investment of many days in preparing for and attending the event. Please use these services whenever possible throughout the weekend as we certainly don’t want to lose the capacity to serve meals at Burghley.  We will send out sample menus for your information in a separate e-mail and invite you to let us know if you are likely to take lunch in the marquee, so that we can assist Emma to plan. It isn’t necessary to book but for larger groups we will endeavour to reserve seating and therefore need some advance notice.  

CCI5* Course Walk

Mark Corbett, EHOA Director, rider and coach has kindly offered to host a course walk at a date and time yet to be finalised. Please let us know by email or on your arrival at Burghley if you wish to be included when further information is circulated.

Stable Field Passes

Members may apply for wristbands to enable them to access the Stable Field. These can be either posted out or collected at the event. 

– To reserve wristbands to be collected at the EHOA Hospitality reception, send an e-mail to Tor Rickcord stating how many are required and giving the names of members.

– To receive in advance by post please send a SAE with the members’ names to:

Tor Rickcord, Stockbridge House, Heytesbury, Warminster, Wilts.,  BA12 OHQ. 

Sunday 3rd September; the Association’s AGM will be held at 12 noon in the EHOA Members Marquee, and is followed by lunch.

An invitation to attend the AGM will be sent to you by e-mail. Please endeavour to attend and contribute your thoughts on the Association’s activities.  A complimentary, light lunch will be served after the AGM. 


We look forward to seeing many of our members over the Burghley weekend. Please do let us know if you have questions about the new arrangements or special requests. 

If you are not attending please do send us any questions you may have for consideration at the AGM. We hope to see you at a later event, be that Blenheim, Cornbury or Little Downham, Please also note the date of the EHOA  Awards Lunch and afternoon of racing, held with British Eventing and the British Horse Federation, at Cheltenham on Sunday 19th November and for which tickets are now available. 

Very best regards,

The EHOA Board


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