At the end of the HorseQuest Horse Inspection 70 horse and rider combinations from 10 nations make up the start list for the 2018 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The Members of the Ground Jury, Angela Tucker (President) Dr Ernst Topp, and Sandor Fulop ensure that all horses are fit and ready to compete at this prestigious 4* competition. Two horses were held for re-inspection; Fernhill Frankie II (Joseph Murphy) and Verdi (Clelia Casiraghi) and subsequently withdrawn by their riders.
Last year’s winner and world number one Oliver Townend presented three horses MHS King Joules, Ballaghmor Class, and Cooley SRS and looks a strong contender to retain his title in 2018. As ever Antipodean riders such as Tim Price riding Bango and Ringwood Sky Boy, Mark Todd riding NZB Campino and Kiltubrid Rhapsody and Andrew Nicholson riding Jet Set IV and Swallow Springs are sure to pose a strong challenge, alongside an experienced field of home grown talent including Kristina Cook on Star Witness and Sarah Bullimore on Reve du Rouet.
Former double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd (62) will be the oldest rider in the competition, while first-timer, Sam Eckroyd (21) is the youngest rider entered. A strong Irish contingent has made its way to Burghley Park this year, led by Elizabeth Power, Austin O’Connor and Michael Ryan. While Germany’s sole representative is Andreas Dibowski. Katrin Khoddam Hazrati represents Austria and Ludwig Svennerstal, Sweden. There are three representatives from the USA: Buck Davidson and Park Trader, Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby, and Andrea Baxter and Indy 500.
The best dressed riders were Caroline Powell and Alexander Bragg – judged by Emma Warren of HiHo Silver and Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Ros Canter, a member of Britain’s Eventing team at the forthcoming World Equestrian Games, will ride the guinea pig dressage test with Zenshera, in front of the Ground Jury at 9:10 a.m. on Thursday, August 30th before the first rider Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules kicks off the competition in the Main Arena at 9:30 a.m.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.
The 2012 and 2016 individual Olympic champion, Germany’s Michael Jung, blazed into first place after dressage at the Tokyo 2020 Games with a superb test on Chipmunk.
Deservedly scoring 21.1 - a record for both rider and his country at an Olympics, according to EquiRatings - it was a joy to watch. From the first extended trot, the pair looked secure, positive, and harmonious. The test was as accurate and as well-delivered as that of long-time leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class (GBR), but with more expression and ease. Jung and the Contendro 13-year-old demonstrated all this specially-written, short Olympic test asks for and each movement flowed into the next.