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