Monday 16th of September 2019
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Brits in top 3 ahead of Burghley XC

The wind blew, the rain made its presence felt and the sun finally shone as the scores kept tumbling on a pretty chilly but incredible day 2 of dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials today.

The leaderboard changed throughout the day with the US riders dominating the top slot until Piggy French and Vanir Kamira joined Hannah Sue Burnett in joint first on a score of 26.9.

The scores continued to fall as the afternoon drew to a close with Pippa Funnell and MGH Grafton Street scoring a whopping 22.8 with only 4 tests left of the day.

It is incredible to think this time last week Pippa was at the Europeans returning with silverware for Equestrian Team GBR! Hear what Pippa had to say afterwards:

 

It was then time for Izzy Taylor and Springpower to strutt their stuff. We have to admit to having a vested interest in this cool combo. Springpower, or Finnbar to his friends and neigh-bours (that would be me!) is co-owned by Linda Mars and Jeremy & Andrea Brereton, to whom the latter form part of the Culworth gin massive and many a giggly evening is spent round theirs quaffing and putting the worlds to right! This really was a beautiful test by Izzy with a horse still getting to used to the 5* limelight finishing with an excellent score of 25.6 and putting them second.

Hear what Izzy had to say afterwards:

 

Penultimate test of the day was Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class, who has strong Burghley form having been runner up in 2018 and winner in 2017. A clearly delighted Oliver scored 25.3 for second pipping Izzy down into a still brilliant third place. 

Hear what Oliver had to say after his test:

 

The final test of the day came from New Zealand’s Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy who scored 28.7 for joint 9th with Burghley first timer and first day overnight leader, Eliza Stoddart

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Photo credits William Carey Photography, Sarah Heseltine & Hannah Cole Photography

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