Difficult for me to comment because I wasn’t there but seems to be a consensus that one fall too many occurred at Burbury before a fence was pulled.
Here is a thought provoking story by Lulu Kyriacou on Horsetalk.
EN John, on Eventing Nation has added further discussion to the story, which I know will bring plenty of comments.
What interests me is that as Officials we are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. There are often outcries from riders and others in the know when a rider is pulled from the course and slapped with a Yellow Card, take Jessica Phoenix for example.
Then at the other end of the scale. How many falls is enough before a fence is pulled. I am not criticizing any decisions made because I wasn’t there. What I do know is that if I was TD, I would have been at the fence after the first fall and I would have had a member of the Ground Jury by my side after the second.
Lots of thoughts and lots to think about.
Yours in Eventing
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