Andrew Nicholson comments on early-season courses and Burghley hopes
ALEC LOCHORE’S cross-country course for the CCI4*-S at Burnham Market was the best since I’ve been competing there. It was difficult enough, but nice to ride round with good distances and lines.
I thought the intermediate track had been made for the open intermediate horses, rather than the “normal” intermediate horses, though, and it was the same at Weston Park and Tweseldown. I might be getting old, but some of the questions at all three events were pretty strong for proper intermediate horses.
At this time of year – and especially considering that the riders who weren’t in the “elite” bracket have had very little opportunity to go cross-country – you do need intermediate courses that aren’t just designed with older, experienced horses in mind.
This report is also available to read in this Thursday’s H&H magazine (22 April, 2021)
You may also be interested in…
Meet Boyd Martin's top ride Tsetserleg TSF – the US star talks about why he wasn't too impressed when he
British Eventing’s rule change impacting reusable number bibs sparked widespread discussion and suggestions of possible solutions