Burghley Horse Trials has released a statement saying that Harry Meade was unable to ride his second horse, Midnight Dazzler, yesterday because the ground jury disqualified him from the event after his ride on Dunauger.

Dunauger became tired on the way round the course and eventually became stuck on the alternative corner at fence 19, Capability’s Classic, leading to a delay of approximately 25 minutes while he was extracted. He was washed off on course and left the area in a horse ambulance, but is reported to be uninjured.

The ground jury considered Harry had breached the rule on “Abuse of horse and dangerous riding”, namely “riding an exhausted horse” and “excessive pressing of a tired horse” and he was therefore disqualified.

The statement added that Harry accepted the decision of the ground jury and realised he should have retired the horse earlier on the course.

More in next week’s Horse & Hound (10 September issue).