Jock Paget has done it again with Clifton Promise at Burghley, blowing everyone else out of the water and becoming our first pair to break into the 30s, scoring a 38.8. They had a very accurate, expressive and fluid test only marred by a few small head flips from Promise. This combination is regularly very competitive in dressage, scoring under 40 at his past four CCI4* three-day events.
In the post-ride interview, Jock said that the horse gave it his all, but he felt it wasn’t quite as good as his test a week ago at the WEG, despite the score being only .8 of a difference. “He’s been doing dressage for two weeks now, and we tried to find a way to not do too much but still piece a test together leading up to this.” Promise seemed to show no signs of noticing the crowd or the atmosphere, which Jock attributes to his experience now, as the horse is 16 and continues to improve and relax in high intensity arenas.
When asked about his thoughts on the cross country course, Jock commented, “You can never respect Burghley enough. The cross country is always tough, time is tight, there are plenty of hills and lots to do and the jumps are big. I have a very experienced horse, and he’s very good at giving you a cheeky 20 here and there, so I think you just have to focus on every fence as you jump it, and hopefully you have a good day and your horse is on target.”
Jock and Promise’s test is now available to watch on demand on Burghley TV, so click here and scroll down to their name to see it. Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot, our fourth and final American combination, are still to come at 2 p.m. BST (9 a.m. EST), leading off after the lunch break. Stay tuned for much from Burghley.