Back for the big one
Greta Mason, one of this year's Burghley first-timers, performed her dressage test this morning, posting a score of 32.2. She is no stranger to the Park.
Greta Mason, one of this year's Burghley first-timers, performed her dressage test this morning, posting a score of 32.2.
Greta is no stranger to Burghley Park. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, but her family moved to the UK when Greta and her twin brother, Silas, were eight years old. Equestrianism became a big part of their lives; they were active members of the Burghley branch of the Pony Club, taking part in all activities and representing their club at the Pony Club Championships.
“It's a bit surreal,” said Greta. “We are parked where we used to park with the Pony Club, and I can see all the little jumps I used to jump at rallies. Now we are here doing the 'big one'. I'd always dreamt of jumping round Burghley but at 12 or 13 you don't really think that far ahead.”
Greta was pleased with her test – prior to tackling her first Badminton this spring she had lessons with British team dressage rider, Gareth Hughes. “Unfortunately, he's been too busy prepping for the Europeans recently so I just tried to remember everything he said to me pre-Badminton,” she explained. “It might have only been three lessons, but he made such a difference. It was mostly about test riding, setting up for the movements.”
Greta has had a quick, first look at the cross-country.
“There's plenty to jump out there,” she said. “I'll be walking it a few more times, for sure.”