Burghley Cross Country Open Thread: Andrew Nicholson Takes the Lead, Hannah Sue Burnett in 7th

It’s go time at Burghley! We’ll be updating this post throughout the morning as the riders tackle the monstrosity that is the Burghley cross country today. Keep refreshing this page for updates! Our friends over at Horse & Hound are also live blogging the cross country; you can open the live blog by clicking here for even more updates on the action.
We will have screen caps from the Burghley.tv videos, however it appears that the on demand videos have not yet started loading. Thanks for your patience as we try to bring you the most up to date action as we can!

[UPDATE]: Allison Springer and Arthur had an unfortunate runout at fence 19B, the Rolex Combination. This fence has caught out a few pairs today; Allison got home but will be out of top contention.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate were next on course and had a fall at the C element of the Malting’s Bounce & Corner. Both reported to appear ok.

Marilyn Little and RF Demeter broke the frangible pin at Malting’s Corner and came home clear otherwise. They were later assessed 21 penalties for breaking the pin, putting them into 9th currently. We’ve just learned that David O’Connor is appealing the penalties and that he is confident they will be removed.

Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot made quick work of the course, coming home with the third-fastest round of the day to take over fourth place with just a few rides left.

U.S. ride times:

Allison Springer & Arthur: 12:42 p.m. BST (7:42 a.m. EST)
Meghan O’Donoghue & Pirate: 1:26 p.m. BST (8:26 a.m. EST)
Marilyn Little & RF Demeter: 1:34 p.m. BST (8:34 a.m. EST)
Hannah Sue Burnett & Harbour Pilot: 2:42 p.m. BST (9:42 a.m. EST)

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12:02 p.m. EST: That’s a wrap for cross country today. Stay tuned for a full recap, and be sure to check Burghley.tv for full ride videos as they are uploaded.

12:00 p.m. EST: Andrew Nicholson has positively torched this Burghley track. He’s home with the fastest time of the day and just 5.6 time to go into the lead on a score of 46.1. What a way to finish the day! Here’s your top 10 going into show jumping:


11:59 a.m. EST:

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11:54 a.m. EST:

11:50 a.m. EST: Our final pair is on course for the day: Andrew Nicholson and Avebury.

11:48 a.m. EST: And the leaderboard shuffles again!

11:44 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero are home with 20.8 time to take fourth place. Hannah Sue Burnett will go into fifth. Three more left to come home.

11:41 a.m. EST:

11:36 a.m. EST: William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero have been held, reports are that Aoife Clark has fallen from Vaguely North.

11:36 a.m. EST:

11:34 a.m. EST:

11:31 a.m. EST: A look at Marilyn’s hairy moment through Malting’s Bounce and Corner, where she broke the corner of the C element.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

11:31 a.m. EST:

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11:26 a.m. EST:

11:22 a.m. EST: A quick update on scores. Jonelle got home with 17.6 time penalties. William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero are next out.


11:20 a.m. EST:

11:19 a.m. EST:

11:18 a.m. EST: We’ve confirmed that both Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate are ok after their scary fall earlier today.

11:15 a.m. EST:

11:12 a.m. EST: Meghan’s early end to her Burghley debut. Glad both she and Pirate appeared to be ok.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

11:11 a.m. EST: She whizzed around the WEG course – can she do it here at Burghley?

11:01 a.m. EST:

10:57 a.m. EST:

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10:51 a.m. EST:

10:48 a.m. EST: A horse fall reported at Malting’s Corner, Upleadon is up, and Neil Spratt is being seen by medics.

10:46 a.m. EST:

10:41 a.m. EST: Hannah and William are clear, a bit more than halfway through.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

Photo by Kate Samuels.

10:38 a.m. EST:

10:36 a.m. EST: Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot are on course now.

10:35 a.m. EST:

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10:12 a.m. EST: Check out some of Ben Hobday and Mulry’s Error’s round!


10:10 a.m. EST:

10:08 a.m. EST: #WheresWhittington? On course with Hasty Imp and almost home!

10:07 a.m. EST: A third hold on course after Natalie’s fall.

10:04 a.m. EST:

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10:02 a.m. EST:

9:59 a.m. EST: Allison’s runout at the Rolex Combination.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

9:57 a.m. EST: Jock is home clear with 16.4 time to go into second place on a 55.2.


9:55 a.m. EST:

9:55 a.m. EST: Jock and Promise are still clear through 29, almost home!

9:54 a.m. EST:

9:50 a.m. EST: A look at Allison’s quick work of the Lord Burghley Hurdles earlier.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

9:50 a.m. EST:

9:47 a.m. EST: Jock Paget and Clifton Promise are on course and clear through 7.

9:43 a.m. EST:

9:41 a.m. EST:

9:31 a.m. EST:

9:28 a.m. EST: Marilyn’s score has been updated with 21 penalties for breaking the pin. This will put her into 9th currently.

9:25 a.m. EST: Tim Cheffings has retired Alinero Van Het Scharenberg after the horse began to visibly tire.

9:23 a.m. EST: Marilyn has gotten home with 28.4 time to go into fourth place. As of now, she has not been given 21 penalties for a broken pin at Malting’s Corner.


9:20 a.m. EST: Marilyn is through fence 30 and is on her way home.

9:18 a.m. EST:

9:17 a.m. EST:

9:16 a.m. EST: Photo of Marilyn through the Lord Burghley Hurdles in the main arena by Kate Samuels.

Marilyn 2

9:15 a.m. EST: Horse & Hound reports that Marilyn is clear through the Malting’s Bounce and Corner but that she broke the pin at the corner of the C clement.

9:10 a.m. EST:

9:08 a.m. EST: After a bit of a delay, Marilyn and Demi are on course.

9:05 a.m. EST: Marilyn Little and RF Demeter are next to go.

9:04 a.m. EST:

9:00 a.m. EST: Meghan and Pirate’s day is done. Meghan reportedly up, Pirate was loose but has since been caught.


8:58 a.m. EST: A look at a brilliant ride by Sam Griffiths with Happy Times to take the early lead today.


8:56 a.m. EST: Meghan is clear through 9.

8:51 a.m. EST: Meghan O’Donoghue is the next out of the start box.

8:50 a.m. EST: Tom McEwan retires Dry Old Party after two stops at the Trout Hatchery, fence 13ABC.


8:46 a.m. EST:

8:45 a.m. EST: Allison and Arthur on course earlier. Photo by Kate Samuels.


8:43 a.m. EST: Izzy Taylor has gotten home with another quick footed round aboard Kbis Briarlands Matilda. 11.2 time for these two to go into second on a total of 59.5.

8:41 a.m. EST: We can see why social media was complimenting Harry Dzenis and Xam’s ride earlier. What a game horse!

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

8:37 a.m. EST: The fence analysis has Andrew retiring at fence 21. Horse & Hound reports that Andrew said Rutherglen didn’t quite feel right.


8:34 a.m. EST: Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen have retired. They were in fifth place coming into today.

8:34 a.m. EST:

8:33 a.m. EST: Get some tips on the course from William Fox-Pitt:

8:30 a.m. EST: Sam Griffiths currently sits all alone at the top. Who will move to challenge him?


8:29 a.m. EST:

8:27 a.m. EST: The Rolex Combination has taken another victim: Jim Newsam and Magennis. Jim takes a tumble from Magennis at this fence. Both horse and rider reported to be OK.

8:26 a.m. EST: A look at the Rolex Combination, fence 19AB, which has caught a couple of pairs out including Allison and Arthur. Shown here ridden by Piggy French and Westwood Mariner earlier.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

8:25 a.m. EST:

8:21 a.m. EST: Allison has completed with 20 jumping and 28.4 time for sixth place currently.

8:19 a.m. EST:

8:15 a.m. EST: Allison has had a runout at the Rolex Combination, clear on second attempt but that will knock her out of contention for a top placing.


8:11 a.m. EST:

8:08 a.m. EST: Allison and Arthur are on course.

8:05 a.m. EST: Sam Griffiths has gone into the lead with just 9.6 time penalties – the quickest of the day. Allison will be next out.

8:01 a.m. EST: Here’s a shot of Sarah Bullimore and Valentino V through the hurdles in the main arena earlier this morning.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

Images courtesy of Burghley.tv.

8:01 a.m. EST:

7:58 a.m. EST: Looks like we’re back underway and Gina is conscious and in an ambulance. Will report more as available.

7:54 a.m. EST: Horse & Hound reporting seeing Rehy Too led away without his saddle. No report on Gina Ruck’s status yet.

7:45 a.m. EST: Two riders still to get underway before Allison Springer. With the two holds on course it’s put the start times just a bit behind.

7:42 a.m. EST:

7:39 a.m. EST: Ben Hobday is on course with Mulry’s Error, the half-Clydesdale with massive feet and his own Twitter account.

7:38 a.m. EST: All riders are back underway now.

7:37 a.m. EST:

7:31 a.m. EST: Hold on course while repairs are made, presumably to the Malting’s Brush and Corner, where Sara Squires and Orto had an awkward jump and ultimately retired.

7:28 a.m. EST:

7:26 a.m. EST:

7:24 a.m. EST: Third placed after dressage, Sam Griffiths and Happy Times are on course now.

7:21 a.m. EST: While the course appears to be riding fairly well, no one has made the time, which could end up being a big deciding factor when the dust settles.

7:18 a.m. EST: A look at the fence analysis so far. No one problem fence just yet. Will one emerge as the day goes on? Check out fence photos here.


7:18 a.m. EST:

7:16 a.m. EST: Australia’s Megan Heath has retired St. Daniel after what sounds like a sticky ride through the first part of the course.

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