This year the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials welcomes the Rugby World Cup Trophy.
When the Burghley Horse Trials are held between September 3 and 6, the Rugby World Cup Trophy - the Webb Ellis Cup - will be on site.
The Webb Ellis Cup has travelled the world and been seen by millions. And it’s been won by five different nations.
The world-famous horse trials are part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour which visits villages, clubs and schools across the UK as part of a 100 day tour. According Elizabeth Inman, director of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, it’s a huge honour for them to be hosting the Webb Ellis Cup.
She said they always strive to offer their visitors a unique experience. Something that goes beyond equestrian competition.
She said: “There is great synergy between eventing and rugby: two of the toughest sports on the planet, both requiring determination, focus and agility.
“It is fitting that we are able to acknowledge both sports at Land Rover Burghley in this Rugby World Cup year.”
Burghley spectators will be able to get up close and personal with the trophy and see the bespoke Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender and Land Rover Ambassador and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner Jason Robinson OBE will also be making an appearance.
A rugby-themed element for this year’s horse trials consists of a bespoke cross country fence. The fence has been created by Burghley’s course designer, Captain Mark Phillips. The design is still being made and will only be revealed in the run up to the event.
Local children will have an opportunity to audition to become a Rugby World Cup 2015 mascot. The event will be the last chance children will get the opportunity to run onto the rugby pitch with a team member.
They have to complete one of three tasks: sing their national anthem, offer a piece of advice they would give to the captain before they play the Rugby World Cup 2015 or say how they would welcome a visiting team to England for the tournament. The competition is for children within the ages of 7-13 years old.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about Burgh ley’s rugby-themed activities can visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk or follow @LandRover_UK on Twitter.