Crisp sneaks into Burghley top ten with flawless final routine

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Crisp started the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in 15th place (Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials)

Ninth place may not have come with any trophy, but Tom Crisp felt like a winner at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials writes James Reid.

The Mayfield eventer produced a clear round in Sunday’s show jumping to sneak into the top ten on horse Liberty and Glory.

Crisp had started the day in 15th after picking up 10.8 time penalties in the cross-country to add to a dressage score of 36.

But the 42-year-old clawed back the places with a flawless final routine and Crisp could not be happier with his weekend’s work.

“It felt like I’d just won it for her,” said Crisp.

“She makes my job easy out there, it’s not easy - it's the Burghley main arena, but she jumped her socks off.

“She just kept pulling it out the bag all week. She was a bit tired yesterday, but came out like she could go again.

“She jumped one of her nicest rounds, she rises to the occasion. The crowd lift you up a bit.”

It capped a fine weekend for Crisp which may not have even happened for the East Sussex star, who had been struggling with injury ahead of the iconic 5* competition.

“I wasn’t even coming, a couple of weeks before I couldn’t get out of bed,” he revealed.

“I still can’t do a sit-up now or roll over in bed, it’s quite painful but somehow I’m more comfortable on a horses than doing anything else.

“I thought I’d take each day as it comes, each stage as it comes.”

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials returned for the first time since 2019 after two missed years of the flagship date in the eventing calendar due to Covid-19.

Crowds descended en masse to 16th-century Burghley House and its famously hilly surrounds, with a plethora of shops and activities on offer, as well as the all-important eventing.

And Crisp was thrilled to see one of the finest events equestrian has to offer back and in full swing.

"It’s magical,” said Crisp. “It brings out the best, and sometimes the worst in you, this week it brought out the best in me and my little horse.”

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