It’s cross country day at the biggest horse trials in the world! We’ll be running live updates right here on EN, with Tilly Berendt in the mixed zone interviewing the riders. Keep refreshing this page for all the latest cross country news from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
If you missed EN’s preview of Capt. Mark Phillips’s cross country course, click here to read commentary from the riders. Click here to view each fence on CrossCountry App. The optimum time is 11 minutes, 11 seconds.
Viewers in the U.S. and Canada can watch cross country live on the Burghley International Facebook page starting at 11:15 a.m. BST/6:15 a.m. EST.
UK viewers can also watch live on BBC Red Button and on the BBC website with commentary from Clare Balding, Ian Stark, Nick Luck, Nicole Brown and Sam Watson.
USA cross country ride times & results:
- Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 – 20 jumping penalties, 26 time penalties – 41st
- Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby – 20 jumping penalties, 33.2 time penalties – 43rd
- Buck Davidson and Park Trader – clear, 8 time penalties – 15th
11:23: Your top 10 after cross country — 45 pairs completed and four pairs made the optimum time. Stay tuned for the full report.
11:22: Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class finish 8 seconds inside the time to move into second place — the fourth to make the time today.
11:18: Clear and 27 seconds over the time for Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello.
11:14: Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs are home clear and 6 seconds inside the time to move into fourth place — the third pair today to make the time!
11:11: Last year’s winners Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class are away — the last pair on course.
11:09: Louise Harwood and Balladeer Miller Man complete clear with 18.4 time penalties.
11:08: Just two starters left to go. Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello are away — another speedy pair.
11:06: Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy are home clear and 1 second over the time to sail into the lead on 27.3! No one else can overtake them on the leaderboard, so they will lead overnight.
11:03: Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs are away — this is another fast pair who can push the clock.
11:02: Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy are clear through the gates at fence 17 and look to have plenty left in the tank.
3:57: Simon Grieve and Drumbilla Metro had two runouts at the brush in the water at the Trout Hatchery and have retired.
3:56: After Mark Todd’s unfortunate fall, Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy are now the clubhouse leaders. They are on course now.
3:55: Nana Dalton and Absolute Opposition complete clear and 1 minute, 27 seconds over the time.
3:50: Bill Levett has retired Improvise after a glance off at the first skinny at the Leaf Pit. That was a bit of a naughty runout from a very experienced horse.
3:48: Warren Lamperd and Silvia complete clear and 2 minutes, 2 seconds over the time.
3:43: No! Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody fell at fence 10, the Gurkha Kukri. They are both up and OK. What a shame.
3:41: MERLIN’S BEARD! Kiltubrid Rhapsody tipped Mark Todd nearly out of the saddle jumping down the drop at the Leaf Pit and he jumped clear through the direct route by sheer force of will. Absolutely the save of the day.
3:39: Overnight leaders Mark Todd and Kiltubrid Rhapsody are away!
3:38: Clear and 22 seconds over for Katie Preston and Templar Justice to move into the top 20. She is a full time vet and looks absolutely thrilled.
3:37: Holy moley! Silvia stood way off the second skinny at the Leaf Pit and is one scopey mare to get that done for Warren Lamperd.
3:34: Polly Jackson Griffin and Papillon are the latest pair to pick up 20 jumping penalties at the Leaf Pit.
3:31: Buck Davidson and Park Trader complete clear and 20 seconds over the time. He is whooping at the finish! 8 time penalties added moves them to 12th place.
3:28: Ben Way and Galley Light landed hard on the back rail at the open oxer at fence 14 at the Maltings, and the rail dropped to result in 11 frangible penalties. He jumped the next fence and then retired.
3:27: Only 7 seconds over the time for Richard Jones and Alfies Clover. Adding 2.8 time penalties moves them up to sixth place — super round for them.
3:24: Buck Davidson took the long route at both the Leaf Pit and Trout Hatchery and is clear so far.
3:23: Michael Owen and Bradeley Law are home clear and just 18 seconds over the time — definitely a career highlight for this pair! They added 7.2 time penalties which moves them up almost 50 spots on the leaderboard.
3:19: Buck Davidson and Park Trader are away!
3:15: Dan Jocelyn and Dassett Cool Touch complete with 11 frangible penalties and 37 seconds over the time.
3:14: Michael Owen and Bradeley Law are on course and this horse is just a little superstar — skipped through the Leaf Pit easily!
3:11: Matt Heath completes clear with 27.2 time penalties with The Lion.
3:10: Dassett Cool Touch hit the back of the rail at fence 15A at the Rolex Combination. That will be 11 frangible penalties for Dan Jocelyn.
3:09: Gubby Leech has unfortunately parted ways from Xavier when the horse ducked out to the right at the second skinny at the Leaf Pit. He is on his feet and OK.
3:07: Dan Jocelyn and Dassett Cool Touch are the latest pair to slip while jumping up out of the bank at the Trout Hatchery. We’ve seen that happening a few times today, but riders have been able to adjust their plans and continue on without issue.
3:02: Matt Heath and The Lion are on course and going well — clear through the gates at fence 17.
2:58: Abigail Boulton and Toulson Tic Toc picked up a runout at the Leaf Pit.
2:56: We are back underway now.
2:50: Andreas Dibowski and FRH Butts Avedon fell after the horse stood off from the rails at fence 6. They are both up and OK. We will have another hold on course for fence repairs.
2:48: The hold has been lifted and Andreas Dibowski is away with FRH Butts Avedon.
2:45: We have a brief hold on course, we expect for fence repairs at Discovery Valley.
2:42: Clear and 12 seconds over the time for Pippa Funnell and Majas Hope to add 4.8 time penalties. Super round! That slots them into 10th place.
2:40: Cedric Lyard fell from Qatar du Puech Rouget when he got in way too close to the log at Discovery Valley and the horse had to twist over the jump. Cedric was thrown into the ditch, and the horse also skidded into the ditch. A scary moment but they are both totally OK.
2:39: Emilie Chandler and Coopers Law have unfortunately retired on course at fence 14.
2:33: Lydia Hannon and My Royal Touch completed with 40 jumping penalties and 27.2 time penalties.
2:32: Alex Bragg and Zagreb fell at the Maltings at fence 14 when they didn’t get the right shot into the open corner. They are both up right away and OK.
2:29: Ashley Edmond and Triple Chance are home clear with 30.0 time penalties and she looks delighted.
2:28: Lydia Hannon and My Royal Touch picked up 20 jumping penalties at the Leaf Pit, which has definitely been one of the most influential combinations on course.
2:24: 8 seconds inside the time for Esib Power and Soladoun — the second pair to make the time and an impressive performance in the horse’s CCI4* debut. Both the horses to make the time so far are full Thoroughbreds.
2:21: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby complete with 20 jumping penalties and 33.2 time penalties.
2:18: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby picked up a runout at fence 15, the Rolex Combinations. They took the long route at Clarence Court at fence 21 and are heading home.
2:16: Tina Cook and Star Witness have done it! 2 seconds inside the time and they are the first pair to beat the optimum time of 11 minutes, 11 seconds. That moves her into seventh place provisionally.
2:15: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby make quick work of the Trout Hatchery and are looking fantastic.
2:12: Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS complete clear and 25 seconds over the time to add 10 time penalties. That is his second clear round of the day and he will be the final rider on course with last year’s winner Ballaghmor Class.
2:07: Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby are on course now. Go Lil!
2:05: Ben Hobday and Harelaw Wizard complete 1 minute, 2 seconds over the time. This horse is part Clydesdale and finished ears pricked.
2:02: Clear and 18 seconds over the time for Ciaran Glynn and November Night to add 7.2 time penalties in their Burghley debut. That slots them into seventh place provisionally — super round for Ciaran.
1:59: Emily Prangnell and DHI Beaunesse have been eliminated on refusals at the Leaf Pit.
1:58: Harelaw Wizard left a leg at the first element of the Trout Hatchery and Ben Hobday did well to hang on tight — jumped the next element without a stirrup and got the job done!
1:57: Ciaran Glynn and November Night are giving us a good show in their Burghley debut — the Irish know how to tackle a beefy cross country course!
1:56: Tom Crisp and Coolys Luxury complete 33 seconds over to slot into 10th place provisionally.
1:49: Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 completed with 20 jumping penalties and 26 time penalties. Big pats for Indy!
1:44: Nicholas Lucey fell from Proud Courage after he slammed on the brakes at the Leaf Pit. He is up and OK.
1:43: Kirsty Short and Cossan Lad completed with 20 jumping penalties and 28.8 time penalties.
1:39: Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 pick up an early runout on course at fence 7, the Leaf Pit.
1:38: Sarah Pickard parted ways from Polo Striker when he left a leg jumping into the Trout Hatchery. She took a dunking but is up and OK.
1:36: Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 are away!
1:32: Kirsty Short and Cossan Lad have picked up a runout at the Trout Hatchery.
1:28: We are back underway.
1:21: Chris Bartle said he expected the course to ride well, and so far that is what we have seen. “Fortune favors the brave.”
1:17: Kirsty Short and Cossan Lad have been stopped on course before the main arena. We have a hold on course due to an issue with a member of the public.
1:16: A clear round and 42 seconds over for Georgie Spence and Wii Limbo. She is looking to complete her eighth Burghley.
1:14: Polly Stockton has fallen from Mister MacCondy after he took a disliking to the ditch at Discovery Valley and slammed on the brakes. She is up and OK.
1:12: Willa Newton gave Chance Remark such a class ride all the way around the course. 14 seconds over to sail into sixth place — she is fist pumping and looks absolutely delighted.
1:11: Sam Ecroyd has retired Master Douglas after two runouts at the Leaf Pit.
1:08: Tom Rowland and Possible Mission complete with 29.6 time penalties in Tom’s second CCI4* and the horse’s CCI4* debut.
1:04: 19 seconds over the time for Sarah Bullimore and Reve de Rouet to add 7.6 time penalties — she looks a bit disappointed but definitely a solid round to slot her into third place.
1: Michael Ryan and Dunlough Striker complete 42 seconds over the time to slot into the top 10 provisionally.
12:54: Harry Meade and Away Cruising complete 4 seconds over the time and the horse looks fantastic at the end — super ride from Harry.
12:52: Piggy French on her mentality around the course: “Be brave. Stay focused. Keep going.”
12:50: Hazel Towers and Simply Clover have completed 1 minute, 22 seconds over the time. That horse deserves a bucket of carrots!
12:47: Pascal Leroy and Minos de Petra got a bit turned around at the Trout Hatchery retired after picking up 20 jumping penalties.
12:46: Imogen Murray said Ivar Gooden lost a shoe but was brilliant. “At an event like this you’re competing against the course, you’re not competing against each other.”
12:44: Hazel Towers is living very dangerously and Simply Clover is quite frankly saving her left and right. What a genuine horse.
12:43: Just 3 seconds over the time for Piggy French and Vanir Kamira — the fastest of the day so far! Total masterclass from Piggy.
12:40: Katrin Khoddam-Hazrati has retired Cosma on course after scrambling over the Keepers Brushes.
12:36: Julie Tew and Simply Sox have completed clear and 55 seconds over the time and she is overcome with emotion — think we all are! She had a spinal tumor removed 18 years ago and was told she would never ride again. She has also battled severe nerve damage and never imagined she would compete at the CCI4* level, let alone Burghley. You’re our hero, Julie!
12:32: Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden complete clear and only 13 seconds over the time to add 5.2 time penalties — that will rocket them right up the leaderboard.
12:30: Katrin Khoddam Hazrati and Cosma picked up a runout at the Leaf Pit and are continuing on.
12:28: 1 minute, 4 seconds over the time for Rebecca Gibbs and De Beers Dilletante and she is grinning ear to ear.
12:25: Austin O’Connor and Lucky Contender completed with 20 jumping penalties and 19.2 time penalties.
12:22: Ludwig Svennerstal confirmed that he retired due to breaking the frangible pin and receiving 11 penalties, as that would prevent him from being able to sit close to the top of the leaderboard and their intent was to finish with a top result.
12:16: Ludwig Svennerstal retired Stinger at the next fence and is walking off course.
12:15: Oh dear — Ludwig Svennerstal and Stinger tapped the back rail at the Rolex Combination at fence 15 and the frangible pin broke. That didn’t look like a very hard tap and we expect Ludwig will appeal the 11 penalties.
12:10: Ludwig Svennerstal has set off looking very determined with Stinger. This is definitely a pair that can push the clock.
12:07: Harry Dzenis had an early runout at fence 8 at the Leaf Pit and has retired Xam after a second runout at the Rolex Combination at fence 15.
12:06: Ginny Thompson and Star Nouveau have a runout at the Leaf Pit and successfully re-routed to the option.
12:04: Hector Payne and Dynasty have completed clear and 1 minute, 4 seconds over the time at their first Burghley. William Fox-Pitt produced this horse and coaches Hector and said their plan today was to focus on a clear round and not worry about the time — mission accomplished!
12: Andrew James just popped off on his feet from Cool Chica at the Trout Hatchery to end their day.
12: Camille Lejeune pumps the air as he completes his first Burghley cross country with Rahina des Isles — clear with 13.6 time penalties.
11:58: Caroline Powell and On The Brash completed with 35.6 time penalties.
11:54: Caroline Powell tried to take a long route at fence 22, Clarence Court (formerly called the Dairy Mount) with On The Brash and jumped outside the string. Thankfully all the spectators were able to dive out of the way but he got caught up on the string! She is now continuing on course.
11:51: Andrew Nicholson gives us a masterclass with Jet Set — only 6 seconds over the time to add 2.4 time penalties.
11:45: Louise Harwood has retired Mr. Potts after a second runout on course at fence 15, the Rolex Combination.
11:44: Tim Price and Bango completed 23 seconds over, the fastest we have seen so far, to complete on 41.3 with 9.2 time penalties.
11:43: Andrew Nicholson and Jet Set are on course now and just skipped through the Leaf Pit like a schooling exercise. #goals
11:40: Mr. Potts pecked on landing jumping into the Trout Hatchery and Louise unfortunately couldn’t get to the B element to pick up 20 penalties. They successfully jumped through the option and are continuing on.
11:38: Louise Harwood and Mr. Potts are on course now. He has completed Burghley for five consecutive years.
11:35: Mark Todd said his rein slipped out of his hand at the Rolex Combination at fence 15, so he had to take the long route which he reckons added about 10-15 seconds.
11:33: Badminton and Luhmuhlen winner Jonelle Price isn’t competing at Burghley but she is still at the event supporting husband Tim Price. She just helped get Bango into the start box, and they are away.
11:32: 37 seconds over the time for Mark Todd and NZB Campino to complete on 45.6.
11:30: Nana Dalton and Elite Syncopation has pulled up in the woods and retired on course.
11:28: Oliver Townend completes 26 seconds over the time to complete on 37.6.
11:19: Mark Todd and NZB Campino are also away. The horses have fantastic going today — word on the ground is that it feels like carpet!
11:15: Oliver Townend and MHS King Joules are our first away! The optimum time has been heavily debated and the consensus from the riders is that no one will catch it today.
11:10: Two pairs have withdrawn prior to the start of cross country: Simon Grieve and Douglas and Lissa Green and Hollyfield. That gives us 68 starters today.