A huge crowd rose to their feet in appreciation as Germany's Michael Jung and his wonderful horse La Biosthetique Sam jumped the perfect clear round to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Jung, who will be defending his European title next weekend, is the first German rider to win a British CCI****, and he received a great reception from the crowd, who recognised a phenomenal horseman in action and had been surrounding him all weekend asking for “selfies” and autographs.
The world’s two leading event riders are sharing the top spot after dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Great Britain), the sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™.
William Fox-Pitt, a record six-time winner here, has raised the stakes with a brilliant performance on four-star first-timer Fernhill Pimms with a test that equaled the Olympic champion Michael Jung’s (Germany) score of 34.2 on FisherRocana FST yesterday.
British-based U.S. rider Tiana Coudray had a lot to smile about today as she drove her lorry home from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
While she’s not competing in the CCI**** with her top mount, Ringwood Magister, Coudray just topped a very large and competitive Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse 5-Year-Old Final with her own and Dr. Liz Williams’ Cavalier Crystal (Jack Of Diamonds—Cavalier Iris) on a score of 83.
As anticipated, the reigning Olympic and European champion Michael Jung of Germany has made quite an impression on his first visit to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and is in the lead after the first day of dressage.
The only U.S. rider to go today, Lynn Symansky on Donner, produced a test that scored 47.7 and put them in 14th on the first day of dressage.
Colleen Rutledge and Laine Ashker go on Friday, as does U.S.-based Irish rider Tim Bourke.
U.S. eventer Laine Ashker is in England for the famed Land Rover Burghley CCI**** with her beloved Anthony Patch (or "Al"). And she's taking the Chronicle along for the ride via Instagram. She's the Chronicle's guest-grammer for the weekend!
Hannah Sue Burnett, The Plains, Va., has withdrawn Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The Karen E. Stives High Performance Eventing Grant recipient had a brilliant round over Capt. Mark Phillips cross-country track on Saturday to rise to seventh place by collecting only 13.2 time faults.