Lynn and Donner's first trip to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* is officially over and the pair finished in 14th place and as the highest-placed Americans.
Lynn and Donner began their week at Burghley by scoring 47.7, a personal best at the CCI4* level, in the dressage phase on Thursday to sit in 33rd place.
On Saturday, they made light work of the massive track, though took some time to settle into a rhythm and went the long routes at Maltings 360 and Discovery Valley, collecting 13.2 time penalties, but still moved up to 20th place. "I couldn't be happier with him," Symansky said of her mount. "He's a spooky horse and the beginning was pretty tough for him to get into a rhythm and settle. He got better and better as it went on and was faster coming home then he was starting out. I decided to take two long routes to ensure we came home with a positive clear round since he was early in the going , so we picked up quite a bit of time, but he really tried for me and I'm really pleased."
In their show jumping round, the pair had a rail at fence three for four faults, but finished strongly, ending on a score of 64.9 in 14th place. "I think jumping on turf is a challenge since we don't practice on it a lot at home. He felt great this morning, but he got a little spooky in the ring and the footing is a bit holding so we had a rail," Symansky explained. "Being the person that I am, I always want to do better, but I am thrilled with such a great finish in our first appearance at Burghley."
Lynn Symansky and Donner (Libby Law Photography)