Lexington, KY - Four horse-and-rider combinations will represent the U.S. at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, September 4-7. Set at Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire, England, the field is packed with some of the best riders in the eventing world. After receiving a USEF Land Rover Competition Grant, Meghan O'Donoghue travels to the prestigious CCI4* with Hannah Sue Burnett and Marilyn Little, who received Karen E. Stives High Performance Eventing Grants, and will be joined by 2012 Rolex/USEF National CCI4*Champion, Allison Springer, amongst the world-class field.
Mars. The 2012 USEF National CCI3* Champions have spent the last month training in Europe as Travelling Reserves to the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In their CCI4* debut, the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover, they cruised to a 15th-place finish.
Little (Frederick, MD) will ride Team Demeter LLC's RF Demeter. The pair, which was also named as Traveling Reserves to the World Championship Squad, has had a stellar year in the U.S., winning the Carolina International CIC3* in March, coming in second at The Fork CIC3* in early April, and earning sixth place in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover in late April.
O'Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) will ride her own Pirate to round out the Travelling Reserves set to compete at this year's Burghley. In 2014, the pair finished in 17th place at both The Fork CIC3* and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.
Springer (Upperville, VA) will ride the Arthur Syndicate, LLC's Arthur, as she looks to improve upon her sixth-place Burghley finish from 2012. The pair competed in the Red Hills International CIC3* in March, earning 12th place, and in The Fork CIC3* in April, finishing in 26th. Their most recent competition together was the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover in late April, in which they finished 24th.