Canter to look at the positives after Burghley Horse Trials

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The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are back bigger and better than ever this year after a two-year hiatus
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are back bigger and better than ever this year after a two-year hiatus

Rosalind Canter​ was keen to take the positives from her Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials display despite a drop down the leaderboard on the final day.

Canter, 36, started the day in fifth place with Pencos Crown Jewel (also known as Jasmine) after a sublime dressage score of 24.2 was couple with excellent cross-country run of 11 minutes and 50 seconds.

But the showjumping proved to be a step too far for the Louth equestrian and Pencos Crown Jewel as the pair clashed with three fences and fell outside the top ten into 11th.

But despite ending on a tough note, Canter believes the week as a whole has been an excellent experience for her young horse.

She said: “We’ve had an absolutely fantastic week with little Jasmine.

“We didn’t have any great expectations when we came here, it was all about finding what she was made of really.

“To sit top five going into the show jumping was not where we expected to be.

“We haven’t stayed there and that’s absolutely fine. She didn’t come up to this level for a while because she is quite frightened of people and things like that.”

After producing such a top dressage score and safely navigating herself around a cross-country course which saw 21 of the 52 horses fail, it proved to be the camera attention in the show jumping that was to be the downfall for the duo.

But an optimistic Canter is opting to look ahead rather than dwell on mistakes made.

“She was so busy looking at everything else so she was quite difficult to ride to be honest,” she said. “But I’m not disappointed, it’s something to build on for the future.

“There’s a lot to look at, I’m not sure it’s the people that really bothered her either, it’s more the cameras on either side following you around.

“When you come around the corner, there is something else always in your face, and that affected her today.

“So that was always going to be a risk, but we’ll come back and have another go another day.”

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (1-4 September 2022) returns after a two-year hiatus, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  A major international sporting and social event for over 50 years it attracts 80 of the world’s top equestrians and over 170,000 visitors.  For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk