Sunday 29th of January 2023

Eventers take on the rugby players…and lose

Last night’s Champagne Pol Roger Bits vs. Balls Challenge, hosted by Clare Balding at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, did not disappoint. Cheered on by a very enthusiastic crowd, the teams delivered a fantastic evening in aid of Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity.

In the eventers corner, Sir Mark Todd, Lucinda Green MBE and Oliver Townend were assisted at various points by Harry Meade and Mike Tindall. In the rugby corner, Geordan Murphy, David Flatman and Matt Powell were joined by Laura Collett to give them a sporting chance at some of the equestrian questions!

The teams were pitted against each other through a series of rounds such as Guess the Rear with the teams having to identify various bottoms from the opposing sport. Whilst you could not blame the rugby players for unsuccessfully recognising one particular pert behind, it was even more of shock to discover the entire eventers team failed to recognise one of the subjects actually belonged to Lucinda! [Article continued below]


One of the funniest parts of the evening was when the rugby players had to guess the age of the oldest rider in this year’s competition…to give them credit they guessed correctly that it was indeed Sir Mark Todd, however saying that he hadn’t weathered well and had to be ‘at least 70’ was a low blow!

Blindfolded, Mike Tindall had to create an object made out of playdoh with the team describing what he had to make and his artistic talents were seriously impressive, aided by his daughter, Mia.  We have to admit that we were unable to film all of the action as we were laughing too hard – some highlights are below and include the now viral footage of The Squat Challenge (well done Oliver!) and also some sage advice from the rugby players on their definition what a wind problem is in horses! 

Huge thanks to Champagne Pol Roger for hosting such a fantastic evening, which we hope will become a regular Burghley feature.


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