Hall-Jackson elated after debut Burghley cross-country run

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Kristina Hall-Jackson is riding at her first Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials)

Kristina Hall-Jackson was elated with her debut cross-country ride at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials that leaves her 27th ahead of the final day of competition writes James Reid.

The Wakefield rider rode around the infamously challenging course in a time of 12:57, as 21 riders failed to complete the tough course set by Tokyo Olympic course designer Derek di Grazia.

And while the 25-year-old was disappointed to pick up 20 penalties for missing a fence, Hall-Jackson was still pleased with her and horse CMS Google’s efforts.

“She gave me a fantastic ride, she’s such a jumper, I was always looking forward to getting out there because I knew she could give me some scope,” said Hall-Jackson. “It’s such an unfortunate penalty.

“She was a bit low in the reins, and I should’ve pulled left, but hindsight is brilliant, and actually you know, it was a really stupid thing, and she’s come back safe and sound and that’s the important thing.”

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is back bigger and better than ever for 2022 after two absent years due to Covid-19, with crowds flocking to Lincolnshire for the return of the flagship 5*.

And having finally made her maiden appearance at the iconic event, Hall-Jackson is pleased to have shown that the pair can compete at the top level.

“She just is the most incredible mare, she’s a little bit unique with the technique,” added Hall-Jackson.

“Her siblings are all show jumpers and she was actually bred to show jump, so I kind of nabbed her.

“I call her hanging legs, they get high, but she’s just incredible, she really is.

“The Leaf Pit is quite big, I was always planning on going long down there, and she had the cleared it so well I was like 'woah we need to stop jumping so big!'”

While there was joy for Hall-Jackson, it was despair for Huddersfield’s Oliver Townend, who fell over both his rides to be eliminated from the competition for Sunday’s showpiece.

World no.1 Townend looked home and hosed on first ride Tregilder, before dramatically being dismounted on the final fence.

And a bad day got even worse for the 2017 champion, who then fell again on Swallow Springs on the final ride of the 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