Collins to live in the moment after making Burghley Horse Trials debut

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The storied 5* equestrian event in Stamford, Lincolnshire returned on Thursday after a two-year hiatus
The storied 5* equestrian event in Stamford, Lincolnshire returned on Thursday after a two-year hiatus

Felicity Collins insists she’s determined to live in the moment after making her long-awaited debut at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Thursday.

The Upper Dick equestrian posted a score of 33.2 in the dressage test on horse RSH Contend Or to leave her just outside the top 10 after one day of competition.

But the 25-year-old says she is not concerned about her placing, and is simply concentrating on soaking up every second of riding at one of the most storied competitions eventing has to offer.

“I just need to remember that coming here is about trying to enjoy it and enjoy the amazing horse that I’m on, because you never know how many of these chances you’re going to get,” said Collins, whose mother Vicky competed at the same event in 1995.

“We know each other inside out, although he does know how to throw me a few curveballs so we’ll see.

“He is like a best mate to me, he’s phenomenal and everything is a bonus with him because I just love him so much.”

Collins may have been making her maiden appearance at Burghley but showed no signs of first-day nerves as she registered a solid score ahead of Saturday’s cross-country.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials returns bigger and better than ever in 2022 after two missed events due to Covid-19, and with it comes the fervour over the world-renowned cross-country course.

It is a challenge for most riders, and even more so for Collins who is making her first-ever visit to Burghley as either spectator or rider.

“It’s quite daunting actually,” added Collins. “There’s a lot to unpick, it’s very different coming somewhere you’ve never even been before.

“I’m not someone who has been able to spectate that much at Burghley so I really didn’t know what to expect.

“It’s quite surreal actually being here and thinking I’ve got to be the one jumping the jumps.

“It [the course] is huge, you’ve got to have your wits about you everywhere.

“It’s a long course, there’s lots of hills that can be tiring for the horses, and for us riders there’s quite a lot that comes up quickly so we have to mentally be really prepared and stick to our plan.”

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