Rossdales was once again involved at this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, both as a sponsor and one of our vets was there working with a number of our clients.
This year's event was bathed in warm sunshine for the first three days and on Thursday, our competition winners enjoyed a memorable cross-country course walk with Olympian and former Burghley winner Caroline Powell. Some were even prepared to get their feet wet, when walking the direct route through the Anniversary Splash!
The course was as usual designed by Captain Mark Phillips and once again, the difficulty factor of this course over its undulating terrain didn't disappoint. Often regarded as the toughest 4* cross-country course in the world, our competition winners were able to get up close to the imposing Burghley fences and find out from Caroline how she was planning to ride them on her two horses - Onwards and Upwards, who had been around Burghley previously and Spice Sensation, who was competing at Burghley for the first time. There was also the opportunity to spot a few famous faces en route, including six-time Badminton and two-time Burghley winner Lucinda Green, Olympic Champion Michael Jung and Captain Mark Phillips himself.
Victory eventually went to Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class, with Piggy French (Vanir Kamira) and Gemma Tattersall (Arctic Soul) making it a British top 3. Caroline had a super clear round cross-country on Onwards and Upwards (pictured right at the Dairy Mound complex), but sadly he was withdrawn from the showjumping on the final day of competition. The very promising Spice Sensation finished in 29th place, after putting in a clear round showjumping on Sunday, giving Caroline much to look forward to for the future.
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