Friday 18th of June 2021

Burghley bound Sarah Cohen

Update 28/08/2018 Unfortunately Sarah has withdrawn Treason from this years Burghley Horse Trials. 

Leicestershire rider Sarah Cohen is a woman on a mission in 2018 as she heads to this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials determined to land a top-ten finish.  

Sarah Cohen and Emily Prangnell

Cohen, 44, who grew up in Cambridgeshire but now lives in Tilton on the Hill 20 miles from Burghley, will team up with her horse, Treason, as she looks to emulate her fifth-place finish aboard Wexford Lady in 2005.    

Cohen has experienced an illustrious career to-date, earning selection for the Athens Olympics in 2004 before being forced to withdraw, while in 2012 she won the Grantham Cup at Belton and was selected with Treason as reserve for the London 2012 Olympic team.  

It’s two-years since Cohen has ridden at Burghley – and the Leicestershire-ace is relishing tackling the new-look cross country course and racking up a huge career win.  

Her horse Treason will be one of 100 horses taking to the international event in Burghley Park from August 30 – one of just six four-star events in the world.

Event riders will compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping disciplines, looking to follow in the footsteps of 2017 winner Oliver Townend as well as six-time champion William Fox-Pitt.

“We are aiming for the top ten – I want to record my best finish at Burghley and I feel we are in the shape to go and do that. 

“My best finish was fifth in 2003 and I want to go even better this time around – it would be memorable to win here.

“We are not here to make up the numbers, we are here to be competitive and to challenge for the top spots. 

“It’s a massive track, a big cross-country course but it’s a huge challenge. 

“My horse is a great cross-country horse and so we’re looking forward to the challenge. Bring on the difficulty and the new fences. 

“Everyone knows it’s big, everyone knows it’s Burghley – it’s one of the toughest in the world and everyone comes here knowing that level of difficulty.

“It’s great to have that challenge and for people to be able to come and attack the course.” 

Treason, now 16, has been ridden by Cohen since a four-year-old and in both 2010 and 2011 the pair was second in the young horse three-star at Blenheim.

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Cohen believes their relationship is stronger than ever as they head into this year’s Burghley and is predicting Treason is ready to deliver on one of the biggest stages of them all.  

“I am so looking forward to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – it’s my local event,” added Cohen. “It’s arguably the biggest four-star event in the world. 

“To be competing in 2018 is huge for me – my horse is now 16-year-old, last year we just concentrated on the Event Rider Masters and he did well. 

“He won one of the events and finished second across the series. This year the scheduling didn’t work out for us, we decided we wanted another goal and so we targeted Burghley. 

“He came here two years ago and we were 12th – we love competing here because our friends and family can come and watch us. There’s about 160,000 people who attend across the weekend. 

“I’ve been riding my horse for 12 years. We work great together as a partnership, he has trust in me and I have trust in him. 

“We sometimes have to help each other but it’s a lot about that partnership between horse and rider. Cross country is his forte and we will really be looking forward to that on the Saturday.” 

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The multi-award-winning Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials from August 30 – September 2 has been established as a major international equestrian and social event in the Autumn Sporting Calendar for over 50 years.

By Ryan Walters, Sportsbeat

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