XC Day at Burghley

Sinead Halpin on Manoir De Carneville is in first place after XC
American Sinead Halpin on Manoir De Carneville is in first place after XC.

I spent a good part of today glued to my computer as I watched the XC phase of Burghley. It’s a tough course — in fact, if you haven’t already watched it, after you’ve seen a few of the rounds make time to watch the course walk with Captain Mark Phillips. You don’t really get a sense for the massive scale of these fences until you see a person standing there in front of them. Or in some cases, in the middle of them. Those fences are wicked scary.

American Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville (now in first place) was one of only four riders were to jump clear rounds within the time. The other riders/horses to complete double clear were Andrew Nicholson on Calico Joe, Mark Todd on Major Milestone and Oliver Townend on Armada. 9 riders were eliminated, 16 retired and a further 9 riders completed with a stop. 47 horses jumped clear but with time faults.

There were a few really scary falls — two in particular at the largest fence on the course, Cottesmore Leap. Samantha Penn and Seven O Seven and Clayton Fredericks on Walterstown Don both misjudged that fence and were both riders and horses were lucky to walk away uninjured. It was very touching that Sam’s first words after she got to her feet were “Where is he?!” as she looked for her horse; Clayton looked like he had the stuffing knocked out of him and was unsteady on his feet.

Will Faudree on Andromaque had a nasty fall at the steps (you really can fathom how big they are until you see Phillips standing at the base of them), but they too were okay.

Jock Paget managed to stay on Clifton Lush
Jock Paget managed to stay on Clifton Lush after a near parting of ways at the Trout Hatchery. The pair is in sixth place.

Jonathan Paget gets the “Best Recovery” award for managing to stay on Clifton Lush after this near fall, finishing with just two time faults. He is now in sixth place.

Sadly, one horse, Heartbreak Hill, suffered a fractured leg while galloping in between fences and was put down.

For an excellent summary of the day along with rider interviews, I suggest visiting Eventing Nation.

Standings going into show jumping are:

1st: Sinead Halpin
on Manoir De Carneville

2nd: Andrew Nicholson on Avebury

3rd: William Fox-Pitt on Parklane Hawk

4th: Oliver Townend on Armada

5th: Sam Griff9ths on Happy Times

6th: Jonathan Paget on Clifton Lush

7th: Alison Sprenger on Arthur

8th: Andrew Nicholson on Calico Joe.

Show jumping is tomorrow!

One thought on “XC Day at Burghley

  1. As a South African I am devastated to hear this news about Heartbreak Hill. Heartbreak indeed. What a terrible year Paul Hart has had, what with the Olympic travesty and now this. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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