Christopher Burton went into stadium jumping on Sunday with four rails in hand. And he needed every one of them! Very impressive of him to stay in the lead since dressage.
“I tried to keep it interesting for everyone by getting as close as I could! I don’t know if I’ll ever win a four star in such a way ever again. He warmed up ok, he’s basically a careful show jumper and I expected him to go well but in the end he got a bit tired and had a few down.”
It was hard to ride a clean round — probably a combination of horses tired from the hard cross country day and the wet footing. Course designer Richard Jeffery said they wheeled the course generously on Sunday morning to make the turns a bit less challenging, and they also added three seconds to the optimum time after the first few horses.
Andrew Nicholson was second on Nereo, moving up a spot after Tim Price brought down three rails. In an interview on Burghley TV, Nicholson talked about how he is still recovering from last year’s accident. “You don’t know how special this is,” he said. He certainly looked stiff as he finished his cross country ride.
Third and fourth place went to Jonelle Price and Tim Price (is the first time a married couple finished in third and fourth?).
And just because it’s hard to get enough of Burghley XC and show jumping, below is some helmet cam footage.