67 Combinations Pass Burghley First Horse Inspection

US-based Aussie combination Dom Schramm and Bolytair B make their Burghley debut. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The start of the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials dawned bright(ish) and blustery, as 67 horse and rider combinations came forward to present to the ground jury of Xavier Le Sauce (FRA), Nick Burton (GBR), and Christina Klingspor (SWE). Despite some equine acrobatics, all horses passed on first presentation – much to everyone’s relief, we suspect, nobody was asked to trot again after merrily cantering down the strip.

Two riders were named the best-dressed of the afternoon by country jewellers Hi-Ho SilverCaroline Clarke, who presented Touch Too Much, took the ladies’ prize, while France’s Arthur Chabert, who will ride Goldsmiths Imber, took the gents’.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 come forward as one of eleven US combinations. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’re excited to welcome the largest-ever US contingent to Burghley this year – eleven horses and riders have been deemed fit and ready to fly the Stars and Stripes this week.

Dressage commences tomorrow morning at 9.10 a.m. local time/4.10 a.m. EST. World Champions Ros Canter and Allstar B will ride the guinea pig test, marking a welcome return to the rider, who has been on maternity leave from the sport. After that, here are the tests you shouldn’t miss tomorrow, particularly if you want to support our intrepid Americans (and our honorary American, Australia’s Dom Schramm):

  • 9.30 a.m. local time: Tim Price and Bango
  • 9.54 a.m.: Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On
  • 10.02 a.m.: Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul
  • 11.08 a.m.: Will Coleman and Tight Lines
  • 11.40 a.m. Andrea Baxter and Indy 500
  • 2.08 p.m.: Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan
  • 2.16 p.m.: Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet
  • 2.40 p.m.: Dom Schramm and Bolytair B
  • 3.41 p.m.: Doug Payne and Vandiver
  • 4.21 p.m.: Tim Price and Xavier Faer

Want to follow along from afar? You’ll be able to tune in through Burghley’s own live-streaming service. Or, if you can’t watch but want to listen, check out Burghley Radio for up-to-the-minute commentary and interviews. In the meantime? Get to know the field of competitors in our jam-packed form guide, arranged into drawn order for your perusing pleasure.

We’ll be back later on with our own unofficial (read: VERY OFFICIAL) trot-up awards. In the meantime, Go Eventing!

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