Rosalind (Ros) Canter had one big aim: to compete at a four-star before her 30th birthday. Aged 29 and nine months she not only completed the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 37th place, but won the prize for the highest-placed British first-timer with Caroline Moore’s Allstar B.
“I’ve been coming to Burghley since I was five years old; I used to compete here in the Pony Club show jumping competition,” said Ros, who is based in Louth, Lincolnshire.
A brilliant performance in the dressage arena had left the pair in 10th place going into the cross-country phase and their performance on Saturday was marred only by a slip up at the influential Discovery Valley (fence 24).
“’Albie’ is such a gentleman and he has proved that he is, without a shadow of a doubt, a real four-star horse,” said Ros. “Of course you always want to do a little bit better, but overall I’m thrilled to have made the step up to this level – it’s a really big thing and has given me confidence that I can take forward from here.”
Albie, an imposing 10-year-old 17hh gelding, jumped an immaculate show jumping round on the final day, just clocking up one time penalty.
“He will have a well-deserved holiday now while I concentrate on the younger horses,” added Ros. “Hopefully we may have earned a qualification for Badminton next year.”