Video: The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire open the Chatsworth horse trials

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire were today in attendance at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials.

An experienced and knowledgeable horsewoman, the Duchess particularly enjoyed welcoming the leading annual equestrian event to Chatsworth.

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2016. The official launch with The Duchess of Devonshire, Britain's leading rider and world number four William Fox-Pitt, Sam Horrell, Chief Executive Officer at Dodson & Horrell, Event Director Patricia Clifton, and Dodson & Horrell ambassadors Spencer Sturmey and Laura Collitt. Photo: Chris Etchells

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2016. The official launch with The Duchess of Devonshire, Britain's leading rider and world number four William Fox-Pitt, Sam Horrell, Chief Executive Officer at Dodson & Horrell, Event Director Patricia Clifton, and Dodson & Horrell ambassadors Spencer Sturmey and Laura Collitt. Photo: Chris Etchells

Britain’s leading rider is world number four William Fox-Pitt, a previous winner at Chatsworth, and he has horses entered in both classes including his 2015 Badminton winner, the magnificent chestnut stallion Chilli Morning, in the Dodson & Horrell Challenge.

The event will be a selection trial for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

Joining Fox-Pitt was eventing rider Spencer Sturmey, one of the Dodson & Horrell ambassadors, along with Sam Horrell, Dodson & Horrell’s chief executive.

Dodson & Horrell supports a variety of top equestrian athletes who make up ‘Team D&H’. The ambassadors play a vital role within the company by highlighting the quality of the feed and nutritional advice representing a variety of disciplines - carriage driving, eventing, para-dressage, showjumping and dressage.

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2016. Zara Tindall on Rum Expectations in action on day one on Friday. Photo: Chris Etchells

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials 2016. Zara Tindall on Rum Expectations in action on day one on Friday. Photo: Chris Etchells