The U.S. contingent is down one horse at Burghley this morning, as Phillip Dutton posted on his Facebook page that he had to withdraw Mighty Nice before the first horse inspection:
“Unfortunately, Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice pulled up a little sore from his last gallop before Burghley Horse Trials, so we have to withdraw him. We’ll get Happy back to the U.S. and evaluate him with our vet team, then make a plan from there.”
It will be a long few weeks for Phillip, as he has just been in Normandy for the World Equestrian Games with Trading Aces, then has Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials with Land Rover grant recipient Fernhill Cubalawn and Fernhill Fugitive next week.
Team USA at Burghley is now Allison Springer and Arthur, Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate, Marilyn Little and RF Demeter, and Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot. Click here for our preview of the North American pairs, as well as other notable combinations to watch.
Kate is already on the grounds at Burghley and checking in with our U.S. riders, so be sure to check back on EN later today for photos and a full report from the first horse inspection. Go Team USA, and Go Burghley.