Last week I went up to Burghley Horse Trials. I have only been once before but I absolutely loved it and I was so excited to go again. It just has such a great atmosphere and of course the competition is exciting too.
We made sure to get there in time for the first trot-up on Wednesday and were back bright and early for the dressage next day. We even had time to stop off at our favourite place for breakfast – the Country Living vintage tea room. It was just a shame that they have had to stop using teapots as so many of them got stolen.
The two days of dressage were excellent – it was great to see first timer Eliza Stoddart take the early lead, although all the changes on Friday afternoon made it very exciting. I loved the cross country course which was a proper five star test and I had a great day walking round the course on Saturday. We finished at the leaf pit and once the final few riders had been past us we listened with bated breath to the loudspeakers as they made their way round the rest of the course.
Of course, the Sunday show jumping could not have been closer – at least for the final three riders. I was actually trembling as I watched Oliver Townend, Piggy French and Pippa Funnell go round. It did not help me at all that they each had a pole down! I would have been happy if any of them had won but I was so, so pleased to see Pippa come out on top. She has long been a hero of mine.
I am also clearly a lucky charm for British riders. When I went two years ago there was a British 1-2-3-4 and it was the same again this year.
Naturally I did a little shopping while I was there too. Burghley seems to be a place for me to buy slogans – last time I got my ‘Living the dream’ gilet. This time, I found this excellent polo shirt on the BHS stand.
I also treated myself to these riding tights. I have never had any before but I have enjoyed wearing them this week. Plus, my phone actually fits in the pocket properly! I also loved looking at all of the horse feed stands. When I was little I used to wish I had a pony and could get samples to take home for it. Now I can and it felt so good.
Once again I had the best time at Burghley. I will definitely be back in the future.