Five horses have left the competition at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials before the showjumping, including three who were in the top 20 after yesterday’s cross-country.
Redesigned, owned by Denise and Roger Lincoln and ridden by Pippa Funnell (pictured top), was sent to the holding box at this morning’s horse inspection. He was then withdrawn. The chestnut was in 12th place.
Willa Newton, who really impressed with her fast cross-country round and moved up fom 62nd to 16th, pulled out her father Joey’s Newmarket Vasco One before the trot-up.
Jeanette Brakewell’s ride Lets Dance (pictured below), owned by her breeder Ruth Williams and sitting 17th overnight, was another sent to the holding box. Jeanette re-presented her, but she was eliminated by the ground jury (Nick Burton, Christina Klingspor and Andrew Bennie).
Matthew Heath (48th overnight) must dread trot-ups — his ride The Lion, who belongs to him, Emma Clarke, Clare Davis and Henny Kenney-Herbert, was spun at the first one at Badminton this year and he was held on Wednesday here. He had no more success today, being sent to the holding box and then eliminated on re-presentation.
Sweden’s Dag Albert also withdrew Elizabeth Albert’s Tubber Rebel, 27th after cross-country, before the trot-up.
Michael Jung’s overnight leader, La Biosthetique-Sam FBW, was trotted up by his groom as Michael hurt his leg in his fall yesterday with his other horse, FischerRocana FST.
One other horse was sent to the holding box this morning, Susie Guild’s Finbury Hill. But Hannah Bate’s ride, who is 28th overnight, was accepted when he was re-presented.
Several other horses were asked to trot again this morning but then passed. They included: Allstar B (Rosalind Canter, 41st), plus two US runners, Donner (Lynn Symansky, 20th) and Covert Rights (Colleen Routledge, 30th).
H&H’s bloggers were both accepted. Nana Dalton (pictured below) wore a zebra-striped coat to present the grey Elite Syncopation (43rd), while Simon Grieve opted for a classic look of suit and blue tie for trotting up Cornacrew (47th).
This morning’s showjumping session starts at 10.45am, with the top 24 showjumping at 2.25pm. All the showjumping is in reverse order
Full report from Burghley in next week’s H&H, out Thursday, 10 September — 17 pages of photos and analysis, including columns from Ruth Edge, Lucy Wiegersma and Mark Phillips.