A win for Funnell as the Brits shine at Land Rover Burghley 2019
The home nation shone at the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to claim six of the top ten placings, including first to fourth and an incredible win for Pippa Funnell.
With only 0.5 of a penalty separating first and third place, the final show jumping phase was always going to be a nail-biting conclusion to the competition, but it was a pillar to post win for Pippa on the CCI5*-L first timer, MGH Grafton Street. Owned by Jonathan and Jane Clark, MGH Grafton Street gave Pippa her first Burghley win since her 2003 win that secured her historic Rolex Grand Slam.
Scores might have been tight between the top three, but they then had an 11.3 penalty advantage over the rest of the field, and, despite all three lowering a pole, held on to their overnight placings. Piggy French replicated her 2017 runner-up status on Trevor Dicken’s Vanir Kamira with a second place today, and Oliver Townend enjoyed another top three finish on Karyn Shuter’s Burghley-loving Ballaghmor Class.
Following an exciting day of cross country, thirty-one combinations came forward to today’s show jumping, and, like yesterday, a clear round over the coloured poles were rewarded with a boost up the leaderboard. Only 10 riders posted a clear show jumping round inside the time, and in a repeat of their 2018 performance, Sarah Bullimore’s clear on Christopher and Susan Gillespie and Brett Bullimore’s Reve du Rouet gave them another fourth place finish this year.
Tim Price broke GB’s run of top ten results, completing fifth on The Numero Uno Syndicate’s Bango with a clear round today. After their incredible round yesterday, another clear round from the jumping machine Ivar Gooden, gave Imogen Murray and owners MS Team and Aivar Ward a sixth place finish and moved them ahead of Gemma Tattersall – who dropped one rail on Caroline Teltsch’s Santiago Bay to finish seventh – and Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal, who picked up eight penalties on Stinger to go from fourth to eighth.
There was success for the America representation with a clear round from Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus that moved them from 11th to finish ninth, and just one rail for Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan saw them go from overnight 12th to complete the top ten.
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