Sarah sets her sights high for Burghley Horse Trials

First for sport
First for sport

Keysoe’s Sarah Bullimore is determined to utilise her rides at this week’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to the fullest with a trio of her top horses set for the three-day event.

Bullimore will ride Reve du Rouet, My Last One and Valentino V at Burghley as she completes the Grand Slam of Eventing cycle, having competed at Badminton and Kentucky earlier in the year.

It is Burghley that holds the most prestige for Bullimore, who finished 22nd and 25th on My Last One and Valentino V respectively in 2012 and is now out for more as she adds to her schedule.

“Burghley has a friendly feel and gives you the feel that it is more focussed around the horses,” she said. “The course is roughly the same year on year.

“They’ll have the same impressions each year but they will treat them and it’s never identical, and they tend to try and change the direction of the course a little bit.

“But Burghley is always a lovely event and they really look after the ground – it’s very friendly and a lot more fun than Badminton, which is very serious.”

Having missed out on Badminton through injury, My Last One will make his season’s four-star debut coming off the back of an eighth-place finish at the three-star Barbury International in July.

At Burghley, Bullimore will be up against a strong field of riders including British Olympians William Fox-Pitt, Pippa Funnell and Kristina Cook while reigning champion Andrew Nicholson returns.

And, after finishing 13th on Reve du Rouet at the first of the three Grand Slam of Eventing competitions in Kentucky in April, Bullimore is confident of a similar performance at Burghley.

“I enjoy the cross-country course at Burghley, and to be honest if you don’t enjoy that event you’d just be doing dressage and show jumping all of the time,” she added.

“The cross country is normally every eventing rider’s favourite part. I love the dressage and showjumping as well, but I couldn’t do that solely because I’d get a bit bored.”

The multi-award winning Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has been established as a major international equestrian and social event in the Autumn Sporting Calendar for over 50 years. For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk