|Mary King | A little too relaxed in the Burghley Dressage|
Ruth Edge leads after the dressage, which is not that surprising, and all credit to her as I think she's made a good choice to concentrate on pure dressage when she can. At Badminton this year she had a very unlucky elimination which could possibly have been avoided but that might be a little harsh, but if she can find a good rhythm cross country at Burghley, Ruth will have a good chance of maintaining her lead and picking up a top prize in championship year, something she's very good at doing.
|Caroline Powell & Lenamore | There's No Stopping These Two|
The current top ten contains nine riders based here in the UK, six of them British, and four riders off to WEG in a few weeks time, the youngest rider in the competition, and not forgetting last year's winner, Oliver Townend. That should be plenty for the equestrian media to whitter on about.
The 2010 Course in my opinion is going to be more influential with regards to time and tiredness, than it will over jumping difficulty, and an extra long climbing gallop will mean riding the course without interrupting the horse's stride is more important than ever before. You can see the cross country fences on Nico Morgan's Website.
These championship years are sometimes the best years to go and watch the cross country, as you can often see some very competitive riding from riders who haven't made teams trying to capitalise on the reduced competition. Apart from the top ten, the 'Young Riders' will be the ones to watch cross country (Laura Collett, Emily Llewellyn, Christoffer Forsberg).
Possibly the most intriguing aspect of this year's Burghley field is in the rest of the field, there are 3 WEG reserves (Twinkle Bee, The Jump Jet, Tubber Rebel), plus one WEG bound horse (Kilpatrick River). Now are these Prep Runs, Schooling in Public, or True Competitive Runs ignoring WEG Reservation? mmmmmm..........
Sadly, I'll be following Burghley from home this year, heading off Blenheim instead, but more on Burghley over the weekend no doubt.