Casburn keeping mum close during Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials debut

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Alice Casburn
Alice Casburn

Fast-rising Corpusty rider Alice Casburn is keeping Mum close to her side ahead of a debut appearance at the storied Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

The 20-year-old is taking three-day eventing by storm and won individual bronze and team gold for Great Britain at July’s Junior European Championships.

Casburn’s path to the top has been plotted alongside mother Caroline, a member of the British squad at the 1994 World Equestrian Games.

“It’s only the two of us at home, the yard is on site and we run it together,” said Casburnm.

“She comes to all my events and she’s always there to help and if I have a question. She's my moral support, my trainer, and everything in between.

“She can walk the course with me and give me tips so she’s a woman of many talents.

“We have a really, really close relationship, which is lovely. We’ve got to this level together and it means that much more to do it alongside her.”

Casburn competed at 4* level for the first time in late 2020 and within a year had risen to 5* company, in which there are only six events in the world.

Hailing from the denizens of the iconic Burghley House, Casburn has long dreamt of taking on one of the biggest challenges eventing has to offer.

“I’ve always gone to watch from my Mum riding at Burghley and it’s close to home for me,” she said.

“I used to go with my family and then as I grew up I went with friends, I’ve always dreamt of riding there one day. It’s got a lot of meaning to me.”

Casburn will ride Topspin at Burghley, a second generation homebred who was initially competed by Caroline in showjumping.

The pair have been together for four years and impressed from the start of their first 5*, producing a double jumping clear at Pau last year.

They also competed at Badminton Horse Trials in the spring, finishing 19th.

Casburn said: “I begged Mum for many years to at least sit on him. We’ve gone through the ranks together and we’re going to Burghley with a really strong partnership.

“We trust each other and hopefully that alongside all the fitness should put us in good stead.

“With any of what we’ve achieved, I don’t think it was me, it was us doing it together and four years ago we came out of the start box together.

“He’s only really grown up a little bit - he’s developed in his muscle and in our partnership but although he’s 14, he still acts like he’s five or six which is quite nice in that respect.

“He’s still young and finds it all exciting - we both do.”

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