Sad news. Event rider, Izzy Taylor has announced the loss of her 4* ride, Trevidden. He was PTS shortly before Christmas having undergone emergency surgery eight weeks after competing at Burghley - his first 4* event.
Izzy took over the reins as Trividden's rider less than a year ago and was a horse she rated highly.
“He was just my type of horse and we bonded quickly. In 2017 he surpassed my expectations with wins at Bramham CIC3* and Camphire CIC3* and then ninth at Burghley.
“I feel desperately sorry for his owner, Dr Patricia Turner, who has lost an incredible horse. RIP, my friend.”
Grit and determination - the rider's facial expressions say it all...
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Toledo De Kerser
Ludwig Svennestal (SWE) riding Balham Mist
Caroline Powell (NZL) riding Spice Sensation
Tom Crisp (GBR) riding Cooleys Luxury
Paul Tapner (AUS) riding Bonza King of Rouges
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Samuel Thomas II
Lillian Heard (USA) riding LCC Barnaby
Emma Hyslop-Webb (GBR) riding Pennlands Douglas
Sophie Brown (GBR) riding Wil
Lauren Kieffer (USA) riding Veronica II
Tim Price (NZL) riding Ringwood Sky Boy
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Harry Meade (GBR) riding Away Cruising
Piggy French (GBR) riding Vanir Kamira
Simon Grieve (GBR) riding Drumbilla Metro
Louise Harwood (GBR) riding Mr. Potts
Louise Milne Home (GBR) riding King Eider
Tina Cook (GBR) riding Calvino II
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An estimated 160,000 visitors entered the hallowed ground that is Burghley Park across the duration of this weekend. You can only begin to imagine the complexity of not only keeping the event running smoothly, but also keeping the visiting crowds safe and sound. Once up and running Burghley is the size of a small town, and the resources that go into making this weekend possible are impressive. I for one was completely oblivious to the extent to which Burghley goes to keep both it's visitors and competitors safe.
As a volunteer doctor this year I was lucky enough to gain a valuable insight into the workings of Burghley Horse Trials. Not only is there a large number of medical staff in attendance but there is provision of all emergency services. In today's world where safety is a huge concern major incident protocols and plans have to be decided, rehearsed and refined. For those who work in event management this will all sound very normal but I for one had never before put much thought to this.
Burghley doctors are all volunteers, and there is around fifty of them! Each fence has a dedicated fence doctor, there is a host of General Practitioners in the first aid tent, and on Saturday an air ambulance helicopter is on site with a crew ready to take injured patients out to hospital if needed. That's not to mention all of the Red Cross and St John's ambulance staff who do such a fantastic job. A full day of training takes place the Saturday before Burghley for all the doctors. It takes staff through simulated scenarios and outlines the quirks of Burghley which can make managing emergency situations difficult. Issues such as crowd control, patient privacy on course, and of course horse management are important to consider in advance of the day and are easily overlooked.
This year I was located down in Discovery Valley and the beautiful weather, incredible riding and great crowds made for an enjoyable day. The riders and horses did a fantastic job at a set of tricky fences, and those who fell were up and walking in seconds. Albeit a few very scary seconds while I grabbed my bag and headed over to them. The adrenaline rush was like no other, being surrounded by a huge hushed crowd, just hoping that the fallen rider doesn't need your help.
I hold a new respect for those who organise the mammoth challenge that is Burghley Horse Trials, and I thank them for their hard work and dedication. It is such a fantastic event and one at which I hope to be a volunteer for many years to come. I have left this weekend re-invigorated with both enthusiasm for my profession and passion for eventing.
Rider number 51, Sophie Brown and Wil on course on Saturday
It was a British 1, 2, 3, 4 at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Oliver Townend taking the coveted title riding Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s 10-year-old gelding Ballaghmor Class.
1. Oliver Townend (GBR).
“It’s very, very special,” smiled an emotional Oliver, who last won a four star in 2009 – at Burghley. “We’ve had Ballaghmor Class from the word go and he’s a top class horse. I looked around the collecting ring and I honestly wouldn’t swap him for any other horse in there. It’s been a long time since I said that. It’s the biggest and most difficult four star to win and it means the world to me.”
2. Piggy French (GBR).
“She was fabulous,” said Piggy of Trevor Dickens’ 12-year-old mare. “I came here hoping for a top 10 finish – I’ve not managed to achieve that here before, and have more often eaten the Burghley dirt – so it’s great to be back at this level and up the leader board. Burghley is the toughest four star and it’s always been a dream to do well. What a difference a year makes.”
3. Gemma Tattersall (GBR).
“So close yet so far. A stupid little touch of an upright cost us, but we’re still third at Burghley and he’s an incredible horse who doesn’t owe me anything,” Gemma concluded.
4. Tom McEwen (GBR).
“What a horse, he was magnificent,” said Tom. “It was his third double clear at four star level and he jumped his socks off. I’m so happy with him and excited for the future.”
5. Tim Price (NZL).
New Zealand’s Tim Price filled fifth place riding Ringwood Sky Boy after a fence and a time fault showjumping added five penalties to his overnight score.
“Although we had one down, that was like a clear round for him,” Tim said. “I reckon he’s got a win in him one day, just not today.”
6. Lynn Symansky (USA).
The USA’s Lynn Symansky and Donner picked up four faults to finish sixth, while a clear round showjumping pushed Tina Cook and her second ride Star Witness up the leaderboard from tenth to seventh. She also finished 17th with Calvino II.
7. Tina Cook (GBR).
8. Andrew Nicholson (NZL).
Andrew Nicholson and Nereo clocked up 10 penalties to drop from sixth overnight to eighth, this result meaning that Nereo has now earnt over 3000 British Eventing points, a record, in his illustrious career.
9. Izzy Taylor (GBR).
Izzy Taylor and Trevidden had three fences down moving them from third overnight to eventual ninth, and the USA’s Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie had two poles to finish tenth.
10. Boyd Martin (USA).
We see them on our screens flying over massive jumps and dancing in the dressage, but what is life like behind the scenes for a top class event rider? We visited International eventer and this year’s Land Rover Burghley competitor Nana Dalton at her yard in Surrey to find out what home life away from competition is like. We meet her team, her horses and her family and discover if she mucks out in her pyjamas like the rest of us…! Find out as we spend a day in the life of Nana Dalton…
At the end of the First Horse Inspection 61 horse and rider combinations from eight nations make up the start list for the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The Members of the Ground Jury, Martin Plewa, Harry Payne and Katarzyna Konarska ensure that all horses are fit and ready to compete at this prestigious CCI4* competition. Only one horse was held for re-inspection: Roo Fox’s Fleet Street, before being passed on second presentation.
While last year’s winner, Australia’s Chris Burton is not competing in this year’s event, three-time consecutive winner Andrew Nicholson (NZ) is back following his recent Badminton win and looking to get one step closer to achieving the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew rides Qwanza and Nereo. Strong competition looks set to come from another former winner Caroline Powell (NZ) who has entered Spice Sensation and Onwards and Upwards, Oliver Townend (GB) with Samuel Thomas II and Gallaghmore Class and Sarah Bullimore (GB) with Reve du Roulet.
Former double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd 61yrs (NZ) will be the oldest rider in the field, while first-timer, Wiltshire-based Libby Seed (GB) who at 20 years; is the youngest rider entered.
International riders include former Burghley winner and Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Germany’s Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW and Boyd Martin representing the USA on Steady Eddie.
Emily Llewellyn will ride the guinea pig dressage test in front of the Ground Jury before the first combination, European Championship gold medallist Kristina Cook on Star Witness kicks off the competition in the Main Arena tomorrow morning. Live streaming will be available from 9:55am on Facebook.