Monday Video: Can We Fangirl Over Cornelia Dorr a Little More?

Pardon us while we fangirl over our top-placing American at Burghley, Cornelia Dorr, just a little bit more. Not only was the 24-year-old and her mare, Daytona Beach 8, one of the 47% of combinations that completed the cross country clear of jumping faults, they were also only one of 8 pairs to complete it with less than 10 time penalties. Their exceptional cross country round rocketed them from 50th position after dressage up to 16th ahead of show jumping. But wait there’s more: out of the 28 combinations to jump on Sunday, Cornelia and Daytona were one of just 6 to show jump double clear. They put an exclamation point on their weekend by earning a 10th place finish, climbing 40 places in the overall standings throughout the weekend and once again proving that eventing — and Burghley in particular — is not a dressage show.

Cornelia and Daytona’s partnership has developed over the last few years. Prior to Cornelia’s ride on Daytona, the mare had been competed through the former 2* level with Sandra Auffarth.

We managed to find videos from Cornelia and Daytona’s first event together in the Open Training at the Florida Horse Park in early 2019. Take a look at the first cross country round for this superstar pair below!

Now, in 2022, Cornelia and her groom, Claire, have been working and training hard with UK-based Australian Kevin McNab since January this year. Follow along with this pair by checking out Cornelia’s Instagram here!