Few things have got me feeling quite so bright and buzzy as the return of Burghley this week, at which I’m delighted to once again take on the role of lead reporter for EN. We’ve got tonnes of content coming out over the next few days, including our bumper form guide, course preview, At A Glance reviews of the field, and the juiciest great big reports of all. Stay tuned and dive into the madness with me!

Events Opening Today: Poplar Place Farm October H.T.Pine Hill Fall H.T.,

Events Closing Today: FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy FarmFEH Championships at Loch Moy FarmMarlborough H.TStone Gate Farm H.T.Otter Creek Fall H.T.Flying Cross Farm H.T.The Event at SkylineAspen Farm H.T.Unionville Horse TrialsTryon Fall Horse Trials

Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World: 

The AECs kick off this week, and I’ve been loving reading the stories of riders who’ll be making the trip there. Like this one, from adult ammy Tammy Seaborn, who’s always dreamed of galloping around Rebecca Farm and, now she’s been given the perfect opportunity, is making the most of every second available to her there. [White-water rafting at the AECs? It’s gotta be done]

Anyone who’s ever had to rehab a horse after an injury knows that it’s a wild ride. You will feel all the things! You will drink all the wine! You will avoid looking at your bank statement and then hyperventilate after your card gets declined for a gas station coffee! But somewhere on the other side, with any luck at all, your precious partner will be back in action, and then it’s just pure bliss. [They tried to make me go to rehab and I said ‘do I have a choice in the matter’]

We’ve all missed seeing Astier Nicolas’s Babylon de Gamma out and about. The eleven-year-old has been sidelined for the better part of a year after having surgery on a hoof, but he’s back to business now — and he began his renaissance with a win in Blair Castle’s CCI4*-S class. [Read all about it here]

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Watch This:

I can’t stop thinking about this question at the 2007 European Championships at Pratoni, which is where next month’s World Championships will be held. We know the Pratoni Slide is making a return for the big event — but will it cause as much drama as it did fifteen years ago?

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