Today, Jedburgh rider Emily Galbraith is travelling south to Burghley to compete in the four-star Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on her horse, Timing. It’s yet another high point in what has been a year of achievement for Emily.
Currently Emily holds a lead of nearly 100 points on the Foundation BE90 and BE100 leader board. Recently, at Blair Castle, she rode Ginja Ninja II to a record double clear in the Cross Country, and earlier in the year she acquitted herself proudly on Timing at Badminton.
Although she has previously qualified for Burghley, riding Crown Alliance, the horse with which she won the Bramham Horse Trial in 2007, it is the first time Emily will compete at the event. At 25, she is one of the youngest competitors and will join another 12 Burghley first timers as they face Captain Mark Phillips Cross Country course.
Emily can expect to face competition from 73 entrants (at time of posting) from eleven different countries – the stiffest competition in the world.
Asked what her hopes were for Burghley Emily said;
“I’d like to have a happy run and a safe horse. I’m aiming for the 50’s for dressage, definitely below 60 and a Double Clear.”
She admitted that as ever the water jumps would be the biggest challenge – Timing is notoriously reluctant to land in water– however she feels that landing well, almost clear of the water, at Blair will have given her horse an enormous confidence boost. Having studied the course at Burghley she hopes the water won’t be too troublesome, the first water jump is a run through and the second only three from home.
Unlike the majority of the top flight riders Emily doesn’t have extensive financial backing, so earlier in the year when we heard Emily had qualified for Badminton we offered to kit her out for the Trot Up: a small fashion friendly token of goodwill for a local sportswoman. Clearly, regardless how good she looked, Emily can’t turn out at Burghley Trot Up in the same outfit, so we invited her in to our Kelso shop to choose an appropriate crowd pleaser for this week.