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Saturday, September 06, 2008  •  14:00 GMT

Youth shows the way

Youth shows the way

YOUTH SHOWS THE WAY

At nineteen-years-old Wiltshire based Georgie Spence is the youngest rider to complete this year’s cross-country course at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, on her first visit to the event. Georgie and Running Brook (no 51), who were 49th after dressage, jumped their way to a current 14th place adding 14.4 time penalties to their score. “I chickened out at Fence 7 and took the long route therefore I was down on the time after that – but I am thrilled to bits to have completed my second four-star. However his show jumping is rubbish and I just hope I can leave a few standing tomorrow,” said Georgie, who completed her first four-star at Badminton in May with the Thoroughbred Running Brook who also comes from Wiltshire having been bred by Tessa Clarke and Sue Carden at the West Kington Stud and is by their former stud stallion Meadowbrook

Georgie is slightly younger than 20-year-old Rachel Gough who is also one of the 14 first timers to start here this year. An ecstatic Rachel, from Brewood in Staffordshire, completed the cross-country with her mare Bow House Mandalin moving up, at this stage, a massive 47 places from 70th – last place – to a current 23rd place. “It is so exciting to be here and I know her dressage is ‘interesting’ but she makes up for it with her jumping,” said Rachel a student studying Physiological Sciences at Maudling College, Oxford. Rachel was also rather emotional on completing her first four-star cross-country course. “You have no idea when you come to your first four-star whether the horse is fit enough or how they will take to it but she is just a star.”