Thrills and spills
Burghley Horse Trials was another successful showcase for some of WOW’s eventing ambassadors. Both Paul Tapner and Francis Whittington had two horses entered at the event, one of only six 4* rated horse trials in the world. Paul was riding his experienced horse Kilronan, and a newcomer to the level, Vanir Kamira. Francis was in a similar position, with his two horses Hasty Imp (completed Burghley in 2014) and Fernhill Highlight. Paul’s horses did better in the dressage phase, both making it into the top 15 for that phase. Francis did not fare so well there, and decided to withdraw Fernhill Highlight and take that horse to Blenheim instead, where he would be more competitive. The Burghley cross country course was very big, but it held no fears for Kilronan who was smoothly efficient, but Vanir Kamira showed her lesser experience when running out at the extremely angled hedges in Discovery Valley. Francis had the benefit of being able to watch most of the other rounds, as he was second-till last on track with Hasty Imp, but he still had to survive a lucky moment at the Trout Hatchery when climbing over the last part!
Neither Kilronan or Hasty Imp excelled themselves in the showjumping, but Vanir Kamira made up for her cross country error with a clean sheet in the final phase. “Yes I was disappointed with the show jumping on Kilronan, but at least he is consistent, 13th place in all three of his FEI competitions this year” tweeted Paul good humouredly, who now has a slightly less pressured week before Blenheim.
Germany’s Michael Jung and his superstar partner, La Biosthetique Sam FBW, took the Land Rover Burghley title, a proud victory, having uncharacteristically fallen from his other ride, Fischerrocana FST, on the cross-country course at the event. Well done to all competitors!
(Incidentally, WOW had a great time at Burghley on our stand – thanks to everyone who came to say hello! We hope to see fellow eventing fans at Blair).
Francis Whittington now heads north to Blair Castle, where he will join up with fellow WOW sponsored rider Kitty Boggis for the European Championships. Fingers crossed our British riders come home with a medal!