Burghley Open Thread: Michael Jung and Sam Lead, All U.S. Riders Complete

Good morning and welcome to Burghley cross country day — the moment we’ve all been waiting for! I will be updating this thread as often as possible to get you as close to live on the action as I can. With the absence of a live stream, we have to improvise a bit, but we will report on all of the action as it happens, so stay tuned!

Here are your withdrawals prior to cross country:

Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello
Francis Whittington and Fernhill Highlight
Alex Postolowsky and Islanmore Ginger
Pippa Funnell and Second Supreme (8:50 AM EST)
Sarah Bullimore and Reve du Rouet (9:12 AM EST)

And your U.S. ride times:

Lynn Symansky and Donner – 12:20 p.m. local / 7:20 a.m. EST (CLEAR with 13.2 time)
Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch – 1:44 p.m. local / 8:44 a.m. EST (40 jumping, 46.4 time)
Tim Bourke (IRE) and Luckaun Quality – 2:00 p.m local / 9 a.m. EST (CLEAR with 35.6 time)
Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights – 3:00 p.m. local / 10 a.m. EST (CLEAR with 28.4 time)

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12:30 p.m. EST: Many, many thanks to Nico Morgan Photography for providing these great shots from today!

12:24 p.m. EST: We’re still not exactly sure how he righted this! It does appear that he stopped to fix the stirrup, so he appears to have gotten it back for the remainder of the course. Here’s Tim Bourke’s stirrup fail:

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12:18 p.m. EST: Some more highlights from Lainey and Al’s round:

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12:12 p.m. EST: Lainey Ashker and Anthony Patch’s unfortunate early stop:

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12:10 p.m. EST: The videos are finally uploading faster, so we’ll have GIFs incoming from our U.S. riders!

11:31 a.m. EST: Thanks to Mary Pat Stone for this ridiculous shot of Tim Bourke’s equipment fail today. We were able to see later that it appears he fixed and reclaimed his stirrup. Amazing! Stay tuned for more shots from this incident!

Photo courtesy of Mary Pat Stone.

Photo courtesy of Mary Pat Stone.

11:12 a.m. Here is a great source of audio from today!

11:02 a.m. EST: Here is your leaderboard following cross country. Additionally, the U.S. (and U.S. based Irishman!) rankings are as follows: Lynn Symansky 20th (60.9), Colleen Rutledge 30th (74.9), Tim Bourke 45th (100.6) and Lainey Ashker 54th (135.2).

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11:00 a.m. EST: And that’s a wrap on a very exciting cross country day at Burghley! We will be working hard on your end of day report, press conference quotes, and much more so keep it locked right here on EN. In the meantime, take a look back through our open thread to catch up on what you missed. Also, the rides are uploading as we speak to Burghley.tv, so we basically have the rest of your day planned. You’re welcome.

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10:58 a.m. EST: Husband and wife duo Tim and Jonelle Price will hold second and third respectively after cross country. How’s that for wedded bliss??

10:55 a.m. EST: An uncharacteristic runout for Armada with Oliver Townend at the Trout Hatchery means Michael Jung will officially hold the lead with La Biosthetique Sam going into show jumping.

10:55 a.m. EST: Mark Todd doing what Mark Todd does. #legendary
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10:51 a.m. EST: Drat!! So sorry, Nicola.

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10:49 a.m. EST: Hear William Fox-Pitt’s thoughts on his “mental error” on course today with this LloydBell interview.

10:49 a.m. EST: On to the next, Tim!

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10:45 a.m. EST: Only Armada can challenge the lead now, here are the current standings with three more to go:

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10:44 a.m. EST: Just three left to see today: Hasty Imp, Annie Clover and Armada.

10:43 a.m. EST: Plus 20 jumping and some time

10:43 a.m. EST: A little trip down memory lane for you…

10:41 a.m. EST: Jonelle has to be one of my favorites to watch on cross country. Her round at WEG was just priceless. I mean, you can’t get just 4 time penalties on a course that’s taking victims left and right and not gain a few fans, right?

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10:38 a.m. EST: Charlotte Agnew and Out of Africa Two have a bit of trouble at the Anniversary Splash bounce out.

Charlotte Agnew and Out of Africa Two

10:38 a.m. EST: We’re getting GIF happy over here!

Jodie Amos and Wise Crack

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10:37 a.m. EST: No kidding!

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10:36 a.m. EST: Talk about redemption!

10:33 a.m. EST: Ze Terminator is at it again — and determined to stay in the tack this time!

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10:29 a.m. EST: The SOLE double clear of the day so far belongs to Chris Burton and TS Jamaimo!

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10:28 a.m. EST: Paul Tapner and Vanir Kamira doing work in their round earlier today:

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10:25 a.m. EST: A look at the end of Andrew James’ round with the 10-year-old Movistar, who was contesting his first CCI4*. Seriously questioning the decision-making in this round — a clearly exhausted horse who can barely stay on its feet. Here’s hoping he’s recovered ok at least.

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10:09 a.m. EST: And one last look at Lynn and her fabulous OTTB coming home!

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10:08 a.m. EST: The door should be wide open here as it seems William will be picking up some decent time.

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10:07 a.m. EST: From the Horse & Hound live blog:

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10:06 a.m. EST: Still confused on what went down here…

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9:58 a.m. EST: More Lynn and Flying Deer!

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9:51 a.m. EST: We are also just minutes away from our third and final U.S. pair: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights! USA! USA! USA!

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9:49 a.m. EST: Fernhill Pimms is a CCI4* first-timer. Can he pull it off?? No place like Burghley for your first time, eh?

9:47 a.m. EST: Current standings with 56 riders gone:

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9:45 a.m. EST Lynn gettting it done at the Cottesmore Leap!

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9:44 a.m. EST: Pippa Funnell talks about her ride on Redesigned with Horse & Country:

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9:42 a.m. EST: After a few hairy moments, Shady Grey is getting his groove on.

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9:29 a.m. EST: No wonder he went quick!

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9:20 a.m. EST: Lynn’s round is now up on Burghley.tv! We’ll add GIFs to this post, but you can watch it here and see her post-ride interview here.

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9:16 a.m. EST: Did the press kits come with blood pressure meds?

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9:10 a.m. EST: That’s what we like to hear, Tim. Way to keep things exciting!

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9:07 a.m. EST: Sage advice. #ToddIt

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9:06 a.m. EST: Either that or he never misses leg day.

9:05 a.m. EST: Oh no!!

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9:03 a.m. EST: Let’s go Tim and Obie!

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9:01 a.m. EST: Such an unfortunate blip for Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen who just lost it a bit here:

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8:59 a.m. EST: Lainey and Al are home with 40 jumping and 46.4 time. She’ll be gutted with those 20s but she’s completed her first Burghley cross country.

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8:55 a.m. EST: Always interesting to see which fences are causing the most trouble. Fence by fence stats here.

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8:46 a.m. EST Kick on, Lainey!

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8:44 a.m. EST: See what Lynn Symansky had to say about her cracking round!

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8:42 a.m. EST: Mark lives life on the edge.

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8:30 a.m. EST: Speaking of legends, it’s SO strange to not have Andrew Nicholson here. #speedyrecovery

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8:27 a.m. EST: Game face, girl. You got this!

Off we #GOALGO

Posted by Valerie Ashker on Saturday, September 5, 2015

8:26 a.m. EST: And here come the heart palpitations again…

Off we #GOALGO

Posted by Valerie Ashker on Saturday, September 5, 2015

8:25 a.m. EST: Yep.

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Bit of a update before Mark heads out. So far we’ve had 18 clear rounds….but noone has made the time. Six…

Posted by Eventing NZ on Saturday, September 5, 2015

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8:21 a.m. EST: Thanks to LloydBell Productions for these great interviews! Audio from Chris Burton here:

8:17 a.m. EST: Hear Paul Tapner’s thoughts from his first ride:

8:16 a.m. EST: We’re just about 30 minutes out from our second U.S. pair, Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch! #internationalAl

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8:15 a.m. EST: A hairy moment on course for Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh.

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8:14 a.m. EST: I thought it was strange that we only really saw any talk of one stop. Scores show Eliminated still at the moment.

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8:03 a.m. EST: Wow! What a great ride from Pippa Funnell on Redesigned at the Anniversary Splash!


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#burghleyhorsetrials #rangerover #crosscountry #eventing

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7:53 a.m. EST: Can’t really see what happened with Ben Way and Galley Light – a pin has been dislodged, glad to see they were both on their feet.
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7:47 a.m. EST: Quick shot of Lynn from our friends at Horse & Hound!

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7:46 a.m. EST: Great shot from earlier today!

Pippa Funnel coming home #lrbht

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7:45 a.m. EST: Current scores:
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7:40 a.m. EST: Here’s a look at what happened with Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Such a shame.

Images via Burghley.tv.

Images via Burghley.tv.

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7:38 a.m. EST: You go, Lynn.

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7:32 a.m. EST: THEY DID IT! Our first U.S. pair crushes the course and comes home clear with 13.2 time! You can all release those held breaths now. Whew! On to Laine and Al at 8:44 EST!

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7:31 a.m. EST: DONNER! DONNER! DONNER! Almost home!

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7:20 a.m. EST: Commence hyperventilating…

7:19 a.m. EST: Man, no one is safe!

7:18 a.m. EST: A glimpse at Oliver Townend and Dromgurrihy Blue’s cracking round:
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7:11 a.m. EST: Videos are beginning to load on Burghley.tv! Ollie Townend and Murray Lamperd’s rounds are up here.

7:10 a.m. EST: Paul Tapner and Vanir Kamira added to the list of 20s, but they’re home safely.

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7:00 a.m. EST: For inquiring minds, I’ve been refreshing Burghley.tv every few minutes and no videos have popped up just yet. Lead time I think was about an hour, so any minute now…

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7:00 a.m. EST: Ok, ok. I’m done. Maybe.

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6:57 a.m. EST: When someone tells you Michael Jung fell off:


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Sam Griffiths looking impeccably stylish through the leaf pit. #lrbht2015 #burghley2015 #eventingworldwide

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6:52 a.m. EST: It’s probably because I’m not fully awake yet, but for some reason Meg’s Facebook post below made me think of this:

6:52 a.m. EST: Our U.S. trailblazers will head out of the box in just about 30 minutes!

Good luck good luck good luck. #longestwalkever #stablingtostartbox Lynn Symansky

Posted by Meg Kep on Saturday, September 5, 2015

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6:49 a.m. EST: Speaking of beast mares. Let us not forget this mare crushed the Badminton-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 2014 to take home the win. Yes please.

6:47 a.m. EST: Three eliminations, two completions with stops (Austin O’Connor & Louise Harwood) in the first 45 minutes. Should be an exciting day, to say the least!

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6:45 a.m. EST: Hear what trailblazer Oliver Townend thought of the course in this interview audio.

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6:42 a.m. EST: I believe this is where Michael and Rocana fell. My heart really is broken. This is what it feels like.
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6:38 a.m. EST: It appears Michael Jung is up but walking with a limp after his fall from Rocana. What a shame!! We’ll keep you updated on his status with Sam, his second ride.

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6:35 a.m. EST: #EventerProblems?

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6:31 a.m. EST: Ollie Townend has the quickest round so far (still early going, mind you) with 5.6 time penalties as the trailblazer. That guy, man. He can ride some cross country.

6:30 a.m. EST:: Ze Terminator is coming, Ze Terminator is coming! Michael Jung and his first ride, fisherRocana FST are set to start in just a few minutes. I can’t wait to see how this mare crushes this course. #marecrush

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6:26 a.m. EST: Dee Hankey shows on the live scores as Eliminated. 18 seconds over for Murray Lamperd and Under the Clocks.

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Obie is set to go at 2pm local time today! The beast is ready to tackle the course!

Posted by Bourke Eventing on Saturday, September 5, 2015

6:22 a.m. EST:Our newest starter is Chris Burton and his first ride, Haruzac. I have not seen anything on Dee Hankey and Chequers Playboy, who were set to start before Chris.

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Louise Harwood looking great out on course. #lrbht2015 #burghley2015 #eventingworldwide

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The course can be ridden! Oliver has taken all the straight routes and gone beautifully…attacking the tricky Trout…

Posted by Eventing NZ on Saturday, September 5, 2015

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Oliver Townend looking strong across country! #eventingworldwide #burghley2015 #lrbht2015

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6:10 a.m. EST: Louise Harwood and Mr Potts are your next starters on course.

6:08 a.m. EST: Fun fact, Ollie Townend is the only rider with three rides this weekend. 8 other riders have two rides, although Francis Whittington has just one now with the withdrawal of Fernhill Highlight.

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6:00 a.m. EST: Our first pair, Oliver Townend on Dromgurrihy Blue, is on course! This pair scored a 45.8 in the dressage for 24th place.