Burghley debutante Doug Payne and didn’t quite have the weekend he wanted aboard Vandiver, but we can always count on him for a good helmet cam video and he didn’t let us down!
Doug and the fifteen-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall II x Visions of Grandeur) owned by himself, Jessica Payne, and the horse’s breeder Debi Crowley, were having quite a foot-perfect round up until they ran into trouble at fence 13ABCD, Joules at the Maltings, the giant white oxers and open corners that dashed the hopes and dreams of many other pairs as well.
A formidable team, Doug and “Quinn” will be back to fight another day and we can’t wait to see them tackle their next big course. Until then, Doug is taking us along for the ride through several of the key combinations on this year’s Burghley cross country course.
Above, they take us through the first combination on course: an ABC element through the main arena. Once you’ve ridden through that combination, click the arrow on the right of the Instagram post to ride through Discovery Valley going out and back.
Take a trip through the Leaf Pit next, but before you click that arrow to the right again and drop off the Leaf Pit yourself, first take a look at Doug and wife Jess’ adorable son Hudson enjoying the ride!
Finally, it’s through the tricky Trout Hatchery we go, and just about as smoothly as could be at that: