Burghley – not the ending any of us wanted

Bill LevettI’m travelling home from Burghley feeling very frustrated with how today went. We didn’t make it very far on the cross country – only got to about two minutes. Womble didn’t particularly agree with the house at the top of the Leaf Pit and then at the second triple bar at the bottom of the Leaf Pit he ran past. Because it was so early on I decided to retire and save him for another day. At least we are all in one piece heading to my next event, the World Games – so I need to dust myself off and put it behind us.

Every time you go to Burghley the dressage always seems slightly less important and the need for a real thoroughbred rises to the top of your wish list. This year was no exception and it took horses with stamina and gallop to finish on a competitive score. Those sort of courses always seem to let the class horses rise to the top.

I thought Mark Phillips’ course rode well, giving the horses a chance to get home. The only really unfair question was the skinny after the two egg boxes as when the horses were jumping really well it was still quite punishing – in my opinion, not really what you want.

All in all it was a good competition and one that I would love to have Sparkles at. Maybe next year will be his time to have a go.



Posted 1st September

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