We’re just one month out from the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, entries have posted, and we’re already chomping at the bit — especially since an 11-rider-strong North American contingent is taking aim at this year’s event.
What is it like to ride around the biggest cross country course in the world? Thanks to this helmet cam from top Irish eventer Joseph Murphy, we can get a bird’s eye view of Capt. Mark Phillips’s monster track from 2018.
Sportsfield Othello, an 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Ricardo Z X Moy View Lady, by Ring of Forde) owned by Alison Schmutz, Andrew Tinkler and Jill Andrews, jumped clear cross country with 10.8 time penalties to finish in 22nd place — a fantastic performance for this stalwart campaigner in his 11th CCI4*.
Want to learn to ride cross country like Joseph? He is coming to the States to teach a clinic on August 27-29 at Boyd Martin’s top facility Windurra USA in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Joseph is an extremely effective teacher who specializes in building confidence in both horses and riders, making this clinic a great tune-up for the AECs or prep for area championships, three-days and end-of-the-year goals.
In a recent interview with EN, Joseph explained, “I love traveling throughout Ireland and America to train riders. My clinics have become very popular, and I like to go the extra mile by keeping in touch with those I help. Following rider progress, spending time watching their videos and offering additional feedback is all part of the service. This is something I intend to expand and do more of, all over the world.”
Horses and riders of all experience levels are welcome. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Riders can choose to ride for one day ($150), two days ($280), or all three days ($400) — a $60 per-horse, per-day facility fee will also be collected. Private lessons with Joseph are also available as are group show jumping sessions. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot (late fees have been waived), and she can help you find stabling if you’re coming in from out of town as well. Register online at EventClinics.com here. Learn more about Joseph at his website here.