Great Britain perform in the dressage at Land Rover Burghley
The conclusion of the dressage phase at the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials sees Great Britain holding 1-2-3.
Pippa Funnell made up for her error in yesterday’s test on Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw’s Billy Walk On, by securing a commanding lead on her second ride Jonathan and Jane Clarke's MGH Grafton Street, to go in to tomorrow’s cross country in first place with a score of 22.8 penalties.
After her test, Pippa said; "He's been very consistent, he's a horse that has always schooled well on the flat, today I was absolutely delighted as I think it was a personal best!" And looking ahead to the cross country; "I walked the course with my best friend Tina Cook, it's very, very big, you've got to concentrate from the beginning to the end."
Pippa’s European silver medal winning teammate, Oliver Townend, got his Burghley campaign off to a flying start with the 2017 winner, Karyn Shuter’s Ballaghmor Class, to sit 2.5 penalties behind in second, with Izzy Taylor making up the top three on Jeremy and Andrea Brereton and Linda Mars’ Springpower with a score of 25.6.
In the press conference, Oliver said; "I was very happy, it was a very solid test and he's in a very good position."
Izzy Taylor commented; "Very pleased with Springpower today! He relaxed and did a very good test, still a lot more to come - very exciting for the future," adding; "It's a big tough [cross country] track and there's a lot to do!"
The strong American contingent made their mark on the leaderboard with Lauren Kieffer (Vermiculus) and Hannah-Sue Burnett (Harbour Pilot) holding fourth and fifth place respectively on 26.7 and 26.9.
With scores tightly packed, Piggy French slotted in to equal fifth on Trevor Dicken’s 2019 Badminton winner, Vanir Kamira, whilst Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp’s performance in the dressage yesterday sees her holding on to a top ten place in equal seventh for the USA. New Zealand’s Jonelle Price shares Elisabeth’s score of 28.4 on the 2018 Luhmühlen champion, Faerie Dianimo, owned by Trisha Rickards and Jacky Green.
Completing the top ten, the defending Burghley title holder Tim Price (NZL) and Varenna Allen's Ringwood Sky Boy, end today in equal ninth place with the day one dressage leader, Burghley first-timer Eliza Stoddart and Anne Staley’s Priorspark Opposition, on a score of 28.7.
Tim Price and Bango will be the first combination out on Captain Mark Phillip’s CCI5*-L cross country course at 11.15am, Saturday 7th September - see the full start list HERE
Full results can be found HERE
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Images credit Adam Fanthorpe