Saturday 14th of May 2022

Taylor takes the lead at Burgham International Horse Trials

Izzy Taylor goes into Sunday’s showjumping and cross-country at Burgham International Horse Trials in pole position in the Howard Russell Construction Ltd CIC2* class. 

Franky Reid-Warrilow and Dolley Whisper © Action Replay Photography

Riding Caroline Wilson’s 10-year-old grey mare Kilderrys Cougar Girl, Izzy scored 23.7 to overtake long-time dressage leaders Sarah Bullimore and Quimira.

“She’s very cute and did a super test,” said Oxfordshire-based Izzy. “She’s very balanced and attractive.”

There is also a new leader in the Metnor Group CIC* – Piggy French, who posted a superb score of 17.9 on her fiancé Tom March’s six-year-old Emerald Jonny to overhaul yesterday’s leaders, Susie Berry and Fernhill G, who are based with Piggy at her Northamptonshire yard.

Nicola Wilson remains on top in the principal Newton Hall CIC3* section. Her score of 24.9 on Gerry and Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan’s One Two Many couldn’t be beaten today on the second day of international dressage at Burgham, Northumberland’s premier equestrian event. But Aoife Clark and Fernhill Adventure, who have been selected to represent Ireland at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina in September, came closest, scoring 25.6 for second place. Bella Innes Ker is the highest placed rider from Northumberland in third aboard Carolyn.

The scores in all three international classes are very tight, and there will be everything to play for tomorrow in the jumping phases.

Burgham ran a full range of national eventing classes today, with Franky Reid-Warrilow winning the open intermediate section aboard the highly experienced Dolley Whisper. Matthew Wright took second, third and fourth places.

Izzy Taylor, who rode in the open intermediate, commented:

“The cross-country tracks are decent and very well built, and the ground was beautiful.”

Showjumping starts at 8am tomorrow and cross-country at 9am. There is also a British Showjumping Category 2 show at Burgham on Sunday. Other attractions include lots of children’s entertainment, a variety of locally produced food options, a licenced bar, a fun dog show and great shopping.

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