Oliver Townend wins Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials | Top 10 in pictures

Written by Monday, 04 September 2017 10:09
Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class powering their way around the cross country course. Burghley Horse Trials 2017. Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class powering their way around the cross country course. Burghley Horse Trials 2017.

It was a British 1, 2, 3, 4 at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Oliver Townend taking the coveted title riding Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s 10-year-old gelding Ballaghmor Class.

1. Oliver Townend (GBR).

Eventing rider Oliver Townend jumping on grey horse Ballaghmor Class with red jump flag and spectators Burghley Horse Trials 2017

“It’s very, very special,” smiled an emotional Oliver, who last won a four star in 2009 – at Burghley. “We’ve had Ballaghmor Class from the word go and he’s a top class horse. I looked around the collecting ring and I honestly wouldn’t swap him for any other horse in there. It’s been a long time since I said that. It’s the biggest and most difficult four star to win and it means the world to me.”

2. Piggy French (GBR).

Eventing rider Piggy French splashing through water on bay horse Vanir Kamira at the trout hatchery Burghley Horse Trials

“She was fabulous,” said Piggy of Trevor Dickens’ 12-year-old mare. “I came here hoping for a top 10 finish – I’ve not managed to achieve that here before, and have more often eaten the Burghley dirt – so it’s great to be back at this level and up the leader board. Burghley is the toughest four star and it’s always been a dream to do well. What a difference a year makes.”

3. Gemma Tattersall (GBR).

Cottesmore Leap Brush fence at Burghley Horse Trials with bay horse Arctic Soul being ridden by eventing rider Gemma Tattersall

“So close yet so far. A stupid little touch of an upright cost us, but we’re still third at Burghley and he’s an incredible horse who doesn’t owe me anything,” Gemma concluded.

4. Tom McEwen (GBR).

bay horse Toledo De Kerser ridden by eventing rider Tom McEwen with Lake and spectators Burghley Horse Trials 2017

“What a horse, he was magnificent,” said Tom. “It was his third double clear at four star level and he jumped his socks off. I’m so happy with him and excited for the future.”

5. Tim Price (NZL).

Eventing rider Tim Price jumping brush fence on bay horse Ringwood Sky Boy with nasal strips red jump flag and spectators Burghley Horse Trials 2017

New Zealand’s Tim Price filled fifth place riding Ringwood Sky Boy after a fence and a time fault showjumping added five penalties to his overnight score.

“Although we had one down, that was like a clear round for him,” Tim said. “I reckon he’s got a win in him one day, just not today.”

6. Lynn Symansky (USA).

Eventing rider Lynn Symansky riding dark bay horse Donner splashing through water at Trout Hatchery Burghley Horse trials 2017

The USA’s Lynn Symansky and Donner picked up four faults to finish sixth, while a clear round showjumping pushed Tina Cook and her second ride Star Witness up the leaderboard from tenth to seventh. She also finished 17th with Calvino II.

7. Tina Cook (GBR).

eventing rider Tina Cook riding bay horse with white blaze Star Witness Burghley Horse Trials 2017 and photographer

8. Andrew Nicholson (NZL).

Eventing rider Andrew Nicholson jumping wooden jump on chestnut horse with white blaze Nereo Burghley Horse Trials 2017

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo clocked up 10 penalties to drop from sixth overnight to eighth, this result meaning that Nereo has now earnt over 3000 British Eventing points, a record, in his illustrious career.

9. Izzy Taylor (GBR).

female Eventing rider Izzy Taylor jumping over fence on dark bay horse Trevidden with blue nasal strips Burghley Horse trials 2017

Izzy Taylor and Trevidden had three fences down moving them from third overnight to eventual ninth, and the USA’s Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie had two poles to finish tenth.

10. Boyd Martin (USA).

Eventing rider Boyd Martin jumping over fence on bay horse Steady Eddie with white blaze and equine nasal strips Bughley Horse Trials 2017


 

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