This is the exact moment that led to a series of events leading up to Andrew Hoy losing out on £250,000
He was in a challenging position at the Burghley Horse trials and victory would win him the eventing grand slam, thereby taking a £250,000 prize for doing so. That is until this lady, Tor Brewer, fell off her horse.
All the marshalls, including the fence judge ran to Tor’s aid and forgot their duties, including watching out for the next rider who happend to be Lucinda Fredericks. She was head to head with Andrew Hoy.
After 30 seconds Lucinda appeared to the sound of the crowd shouting STOP.
My sister was with her friend who both happen to be fence judges, more importantly they both could see the official fence judge had not started timing the holdup and so started timing themselves. It was 17 seconds before the official fence judge realised what was happening and started her stop watch
Once everything was cleared up Lucinda continued on her way and concluded her round. As a result of the penalties she received from her ‘mistimed’ round she was in second place, 4 show jmping fences behind Andrew Hoy.
As my sister knew the course marshall we went to the officials tent and recorded our findings, in particular the additional 17 seconds.
Imagine to our surprise when we came back the next morning and Lucinda had been restated by 17 seconds. She was still in second place but now only one fence behind in the show jumping. I think by now you’ve probably guessed the outcome of this story. Andrew knocked over three fences and Lucinda none. She was victorious and Andrew missed out on his £250,000