Market Rasen eventer Alex Postolowsky knew there wasn’t much more she could have done differently after withdrawing from Saturday’s cross-country at this year’s Burghley Horse Trials.
Postolowsky and Islanmore Ginger enjoyed a solid dressage after scoring 56.2 to sit 63rd, but the duo couldn’t make the start line for Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-country course as the 17-year-old was withdrawn prior to the off.
The pair have enjoyed a consistent season so far after finishing 10th at the Festival of British Eventing and 23rd at Bramham International.
Postolowsky said she was delighted with her horse’s efforts and was proud to see such a strong dressage score.
“He got 67 last year so the dressage this time is an improvement on that so I am happy in that regard,” she said.
“He finished in the top half last year so we would have liked to do well again.
“He’d been in general very light the whole week we were here so my expectations were getting lower and lower each day.
“So I was quite pleased that he held it together for the dressage and got a good mark. His trot work was good, but it always is so it was his canter that gradually falls to pieces.
“We have had a slightly interrupted preparation this year so I was just hoping he was going to be fit enough and well enough, but it hasn’t been ideal.
“He’s had a good season but unfortunately he’s 17 so we haven’t got a lot left to improve.”
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is one of only six four-star events in the world and pits the best riders from across the globe at the prestigious Lincolnshire showpiece.
And despite her disappointment, Postolowsky insisted it was a dream come true to have return to Burghley.
“To me this is the biggest event and I absolutely love it; it’s the most difficult one as well,” she added.
“I have been coming here since I was a child. It’s such a unique place and there is real support from everywhere.
“It’s a wonderful place to be and competing at this level is my dream so every time I make it here it means the world to me.”
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 more than 50 years. For more information visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk