As is the case with most events, and with eventing in general, it was a day of ultimate highs and terrible lows, and everything else in between. We are left in the wake of the tragic loss of a horse today, Sara Squires Orto, and are celebrating some incredible cross country rounds, including our very own Hannah Sue Burnett’s.
Once again, we would like to extend our most sincere condolences to Sara and her connections, who will not soon forget this day for the worst reasons. We’re fortunate to have our other horses and riders in one piece at the conclusion of the day, and for that we are very thankful. Rest in peace, Orto.
Very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Sara Squires’ ride Orto today @LRBHT_Official. Our sincerest condolences to all connections.
— Event Riders Assoc (@EventRidersAssc) September 6, 2014
So sad to hear about Sara Squires’ Orto, condolences to all involved. :( — Cathy Jefferies (@CathyJefferies) September 6, 2014
Very sad day for Sara Squires after the sad loss of her lovely horse Orto @LRBHT_Official Thinking of you and your team this evening
— Lloydbell (@Lloydbell) September 6, 2014
Meanwhile, in camp USA, we’re happy to report that both Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate will both be fine after their scary tumble today. EN didn’t get a chance to catch up with Meghan today, but we’ve gotten word that both she and her scrappy horse will be out to fight another day. And there were still plenty of smiles to be seen in the aftermath of the rides today, and for good reason!
It’s always good to see the riders in good spirits after a demanding cross country day:
Well Happy was certainly Happy to be flying around Burghley again- we clung on to the lead until that speedy Kiwi… http://t.co/Pk0QpdLmdG
— Sam Griffiths (@griffiths_sam) September 6, 2014
And, last but not least, a Burghley post would not be complete without an obligatory picture of Cottesore Leap. We think Ben Hobday and Mulry’s Error are the perfect subjects for today’s photo:
Go Burghley, and we’ll see you bright and early for show jumping tomorrow.