Fifty-three horses were presented at this morning’s final horse inspection at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Fifty, including the overnight leaders, Germany’s Michael Jung and Biosthetique Sam FBW, will go forward to contest the show jumping phase.
Two horses did not present this morning. Tubber Rebel, lying 27th overnight and ridden by Sweden’s Dag Albert, and Newmarket Vasco One, lying 16th and ridden by Britain’s Willa Newton, were both withdrawn after the cross-country.
Pippa Funnell’s Redesigned (12th overnight) was sent to the holding box and subsequently withdrawn, while Hannah Bate’s Finbury Hill (lying 28th) was also sent to the box but was passed on re-inspection.
Two horses were eliminated. Matthew Heath’s The Lion (lying 48th) and Jeanette Brakewell’s Lets Dance (lying 17th) were both sent to the holding box and represented, but neither passed.
Willa Newton, who was watching at the final trot-up, enjoyed one of the smoothest rounds of the day on Newmarket Vasco One, a horse she took over from her sister, Chloe, who has now given up eventing to work for a ski company.
“My only minor hiccup was at the Trout Hatchery as he jumped in so big and I had to think quickly on the way out. I was down all the way on time, so surprised that I came home so fast [2.8 time penalties],” said Willa. “Taking over the ride from Chloe was relatively straightforward as I knew the horse well.
Show jumping for the lower placed riders will begin at 10.45am, while the top 24 and the competition for this year’s Land Rover Burghley title will kick off at 2.30pm.