Burghley first-timer leads the way on day one
At the end of the first day of dressage from the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, first-timer Eliza Stoddart leads the way on Anne Staley’s Priorspark Opposition Free for Great Britain.
The 26 year old Burghley local impressed judges on the striking 11 year old gelding to score of 28.7 penalties, and heads the field at the close of play on day one along with staving off competition from experienced 5* riders, including reigning Burghley champion Tim Price.
Despite being beaten into second place, the 2018 winner threw down the gauntlet early, and the first combination in to the arena this morning, New Zealand’s Tim Price and The Numero Uno Syndicate’s Bango, are hot on the heels of the top spot with a score of 29.6, to share second place with Sarah Bullimore (GBR) and Reve du Rouet, owned by Christopher and Susan Gillespie and Brett Bullimore.
France’s Sebastien Cavaillon and Sarah d’Argouges hold fourth on 29.8, and fresh off her team silver medal winning performance at the European Championships, Pippa Funnell was frustrated with a minor error of course at the end of her test on Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On, to put her in fifth place on 29.9.
Georgie Spence (GBR) sits in sixth place on the experienced Wii Limbo, owned by Samantha Wilson, Lucy Fleming, Suzanne Doggett and Russell Spence, with a score of 31.0, just ahead of fellow Brit Will Furlong and The Acron Syndicate’s and his own Collien P 2 on 31.2.
With three horses in his armour, Tim’s second ride, Nigella Hall, his own and owner-breeder Trisha Rickards’ Xavier Faer, put in a solid test for a score of 32.1 to put them in ninth place, which he shares with Doug Payne and Vandiver - one of 11 American competitors at Burghley this week.
Friday’s dressage gets under way at 9.30am with Marcelo Tosi for Brazil on Glenflly, and notable combinations include 2019 Badminton champions Piggy French and Trevor Dicken’s Vanir Kamira (11.56am), Zara Tindall and the Gleadhill House Stud Ltd’s Class Affair (2.16pm), 2018 Luhmühlen CCI5*-L winners, Jonelle Price on Trisha Rickards and Jacky Green’s Faerie Dianimo (2.32pm) – who shares a Dam with her husband Tim’s ride Xavier Faer – and Oliver Townend on the 2017 Burghley winner, Ballaghmor Class (4.13pm), owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan. Tim Price and his own and Varenna Allen's Ringwood Sky Boy will be getting their campaign to defend their 2018 title underway at 4.21pm.
Images credit Adam Fanthorpe