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Deitermann On Top After Dressage At Burghley

Sept. 2, Stamford, England

Simone Deitermann and Free Easy NRW are well known for their ability in the dressage arena, but the German rider still said it felt “amazing” to be in the lead on her first visit to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (England).

“My horse was quite nervous,” she explained, “and he is not used to performing on a grass arena.”

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Sept. 2, Stamford, England

Simone Deitermann and Free Easy NRW are well known for their ability in the dressage arena, but the German rider still said it felt “amazing” to be in the lead on her first visit to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (England).

“My horse was quite nervous,” she explained, “and he is not used to performing on a grass arena.”

Despite that, an excellent performance resulted in a score of 39.3 penalties, just 0.4 ahead of the first-day leader Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt on Parklane Hawk. Sinead Halpin of Pottersville, N.J., is the highest-placed U.S. rider in 12th place on Manoir de Carneville (46.0). Michael Pollard, Dalton, Ga., and Icarus also made the top 25 (tied for 16th) as did Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos (24th).

“I am really happy with ‘Fly’ today,” Pollard said. “I need to go for it a bit more next time, but Fly did exactly what I asked of him. Tomorrow is another day, but I think I have the right horse for the job.”

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Deitermann, 30, who was 12th at Badminton (England) last year, missed out on the thrilling German domination at the HSBC FEI European Championships last weekend because she and Free Easy NRW had experienced problems in the build-up, including a fall at the Bramham CCI*** (England).

“This is my chance to qualify for the London Olympic Games,” explained Deitermann, who was third after dressage at the FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year before suffering a cross-country fall at the last fence.

She has walked the cross-country at Burghley with German team trainer Chris Bartle and said, “It is beautiful, but I think it will be quite tough for me.”

Listen to an interview with Deitermann.

Great Britain’s Mary King, who is lying third on her second ride, Rolex Kentucky winner Kings Temptress, likes the more old-fashioned look to Mark Phillips’ course.

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“It’s a great course, especially for first-timers, as it should teach them to ride on over big fences, go for a forward stride and get their horses jumping out of their strides, which is how cross-country riding should be. Sometimes, with the more technical courses, less experienced riders worry too much about getting a clear round at their first attempt and do not ride forward,” she said.

However, King also warned, “You might think that the course is simpler because it’s less technical, but I thought that at last weekend’s European Championships and ended up biting mud!”

Listen to an interview with King.

Follow all the action on www.burghley-horse.co.uk

Results After Dressage

1. Simone Deitermann/Free Easy NRW (GBR) 39.3
2. William Fox-Pitt/Parkland Hawk (GBR) 39.7
3. Mary King/Kings Temptress (GBR) 42.2
4. Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 42.3
5T. Andrew Nicholson/Avebury (NZL) 42.8
5T. Caroline Powell/Lenamore (NZL) 42.8
7. Elizabeth Power/Kilpatrick River (IRL) 43.3
8. Mary King/Apache Sauce (GBR) 44.8
9. Laurence Hunt/Phoebus (GBR) 45.3
10T. Sam Griffiths/Happy Times (AUS) 45.5
10T. William Fox-Pitt/Neuf des Couers (GBR) 45.5

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