Christopher Burton, 34, is the current world number two. He really sprang into the public consciousness with a brilliant trailblazing Cross Country ride at the London Olympic Games in 2012 where he finished 16th on Holstein Park Leilani.
Burton, who is married to fellow rider Rebekah, has been settled in Britain, in Surrey, for five years, notching up several good international placings including third and fourth places at Burghley last year on TS Jamaimo and Haruzac, and second place on Nobilis 18 at Blenheim CCI3*.
This year, he won the CCI3* at Saumur on Santano ll, his ride in the Rio Olympic Games where he led after the Cross Country phase and finished in eventual fifth place with a team bronze medal.
Nobilis 18 is an 11-year-old Hannoverian-bred gelding by Nobre owned by Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend and Chris Burton.
1. Christopher Burton/Nobilis 18 (AUS) 30.2 + 3.2 + 16 = 49.4
2. Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 35.2 + 12.0 + 6 = 53.2
3. Jonelle Price/Classic Moet (NZL) 48.5 + 1.6 + 4 = 54.1
4. Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 38.9 + 6.0 + 12 = 56.9
5. Cedric Lyard/Cadeau du Roi (FRA) 46.0 + 13.6 + 0 = 59.6
6. Bettina Hoy/Designer 10 (GER) 34.5 + 19.2 + 8 = 61.7
7. Oliver Townend/Samuel Thomas ll (GBR) 53.4 + 9.6 + 0 = 63.0
8. Caroline Powell/Onwards and Upwards (NZL) 37.8 + 21.6 + 5 = 64.4
9. Sir Mark Todd/NZB Campino (NZL) 42.2 + 16.8 + 8 = 67.0
10. Kristina Cook/Star Witness (GBR) 52.9 + 12.0 + 4 = 68.9
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Bettina Hoy (GER) lit up the arena on day one of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, with a beautifully executed Dressage test on Designer 10 that was in a class of its own and may prove hard to beat.
The only fault in a show-stopping exhibition of lightness, smoothness and balance seemed to be a bit of tension in a flying change, and, with a score of 34.5, Hoy has a comfortable eight-penalty margin over Bill Levett (AUS) on Improvise after the first day of Dressage.
The experienced German rider’s illustrious career stretches back to the 1984 Olympics and she took the European title at Burghley in 1997 on Watermill Stream. Hoy, 53, is a popular and familiar face on the British circuit, but she has never won a CCI4* here, her best result being fifth at Badminton this year on Designer 10.
“I think Designer must have been having a little chat with [my other horse] Seigneur Medicott, who usually does the better test, as he felt great in there,” said an elated Hoy. “I’ve developed a special programme for him in the warm-up because he can get a bit tense. Every time I feel him tighten, I go into rising trot and that helps.”
Hoy reported that she had been working hard with her trainer, Sebastian Langehanenberg, as her 12-year-old Westphalian gelding by Dali X “is not built for dressage”. He had suggested changing from a snaffle bit to a double bridle because having two bits in his mouth seemed to settle the horse.
Hoy added: “I’m feeling very motivated after Rio [where she was training a Russian rider]. Burghley holds a special place in my heart and, although it won’t be a dressage competition, I know Designer can do it.”
Levett, also 53, has been based on Britain for many years and has been getting closer to CCI4* success all the time. He re-routed Improvise to Luhmühlen, where the horse finished 13th, after an early retirement at Badminton in May.
Paul Sims, 31, a relative newcomer to this level, finds himself the best British rider at this stage, having scored his best CCI4* dressage result on the white-faced Glengarnock to lie third on 46.6. This is their third Burghley, having finished 25th last year. Sims admitted to feeling quite confident: “He’s a reliable cross-country horse, as long as I don’t make any mistakes.”
Burghley first-timer Elisa Wallace’s (USA) campaign got off to a good start when she scored 46.8 on the American Thoroughbred Simply Priceless for fourth place at this stage. “He can be quite tense so it’s been a huge journey to get him to be expressive,” she said. “When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw the score, I couldn’t believe it.”
Hoy’s main challengers tomorrow look to be New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd (NZB Campino) and Andrew Nicholson (Nereo), who have 10 Burghley wins between them, plus the Dressage leader in Rio, Christopher Burton (AUS) on Nobilis 18 and his team mate Sam Griffiths on the veteran Happy Times.
Coming hot on the heels of the 2016 Rio Olympics, this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials looks set to be an International affair, with some of the World’s leading riders descending on the Lincolnshire town of Stamford for what is considered by many to be Eventing’s greatest challenge.
Horses from countries including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA and the UK will be competing for the substantial £63k first prize.
A win for New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson would make for a fairy tale result. Not only is he the only rider ever to have won the event three times ‘in a row’ but in 2015 he suffered a fall resulting in a serious neck injury which causes paralysis in 98% of cases. Following a remarkable recovery and now back to full fitness Andrew, who plans to ride two entries, Qwanza and Nereo, will be competing in his first 4* event since the accident.
With neither last year’s winner Michael Jung nor the hugely popular William Fox-Pitt entered, due to their Rio commitments, we could be seeing a totally new face heading the podium this year. Strong challenges are likely from antipodean riders such as Christopher Burton who brings Nobilis 18 and Shane Rose who has entered Shanghai Joe and Virgil. Britain’s Zara Tindall and High Kingdom are also looking competitive, as are Sarah Bullimore and Rosalind Canter.
The entry list includes many former winners; the prolific Oliver Townend has three horses entered, Dromburrihy Blue, MHS King Joules and Samuel Thomas II, while local rider Andrew Hoy brings Rutherglen and The Blue Frontier. Pippa Funnell will be back from the 2016 Games riding Second Supreme, while Caroline Powell is entered on Flying Finish and Onwards & Upwards.
The event also sees 24 first time combinations. Young British riders include Lissa Green, whose mother Lucinda Green won the event in 1977 and Oxfordshire-based Imogen Gloag who at 21 years is the youngest rider entered.
France looks set to lead the European contingent with five combinations coming forward including Pascal Leroy with Minos De Petra.
Land Rover Burghley Event Director, Elizabeth Inman said: “The standard of entries is as high as ever this year and we look forward to welcoming some if not all of the Olympic three-day eventing medallists to Lincolnshire this autumn. As always Mark Philips’ cross country course will provide riders and horses with a true 4* challenge. With a strong international field, a number of exciting first time visitors to Burghley and a smattering of former winners, the field really is wide open and there is everything to play for.”
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He talks us through his journey explaining the need “to push hard where other people fall off”
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Wow! Heads up to the Land Rover Bughley Horse Trials 2016 (1st- 4th Sept).
This is certainly an alternative way to familiarise yourself with the XC course designed by Captain Mark Phillips! Two fearless free-runners - Parkour pros Shameem Abbas, 22, and Mason Green, 17, flip, jump, race their way around the 3.5 mile course. It features fences up to 2m wide and 1.45m tall, which the competition's riders will be expected to complete it in around 10 minutes.
The Burghley Horse Trials are always a highlight in the International sporting calendar - a premier equestrian and social event. It attracts the best horses and riders in the world, and this year some fresh from returning from the Rio Olympics.
Phoebe Buckley shares her views... on social media, Rio 2016 and her new steed, Custard.
So I’m back, it’s been a while. But it is that time again! So put the kettle on, pull up a chair and get ready to be bored!!!
I actually sat down to write a blog posting about 4 weeks ago, but truth be known when I started writing I didn’t have much interesting to say! Then about a week ago I came across a interesting post on a social media. It was a post about about horses and riders being allowed to run a levels they may not be ready to run at… Anyways.. Within that post some comments brought up a ride a pro rider had given a horse at a fence at a major event. I won’t bore you all with the ins and outs of it but basically the horse ended up jumping in the ditch in front of the fence and fired the poor rider over its head. Now, what got me most interested was the fact that some other pro riders were commenting about it and they were being pretty harsh about the way the rider in question rode the fence. Being nosey, I was about to try and find the fall/UR in question. That was until someone kindly posted the video!
When I clicked on the video I was half wincing as to what horrific riding I was about to see, but then came the shock... I didn’t see horrific riding, in fact I didn’t even see bad riding. So I watched the video over and over. Truth be told, I couldn’t see one thing the rider did wrong. So I did what I do, I said as much on the post! The rider in question is one of the best riders in the world, he was riding a very experienced but difficult horse that has been known to ’empty out’ towards the end of courses. But the horse and rider combination have been very successful together, they had done a leading dressage mark and SJ’d clear. The rider was kicking on to a big open ditch/brush fence and was on (from what I saw) a perfectly decent stride when the horse just jumped in to the ditch. The horse didn’t falter, didn’t check its self looking unsure of the stride it was on. It simply took off and instead of jumping over the ditch and fence it jumped in to the ditch instead.
I wasn’t at all shocked by people on social media being mean about the rider. Hell, I’ve seen riders ripped apart on social media for less! But what did shock me was the people that were having their ten pence worth. They were pro riders, who I’m sure at some point have ridden a fence badly or ridden a fence really well only for their horse for unknown reasons put in a shocking jump. As pro riders we have to be very careful about publicly calling out other riders for mistakes they make (not that I believe the rider in question made a mistake) because it leaves us very open. I asked if any of the riders commenting had ever made a mistake? Or had a horse let them down? None of them responded to me, I asked the question because I know damned well they have, because I’ve seen the mistakes with my own eyes.. I am the first to say if I feel someone, pro rider or not, has ridden well or badly. I am very open about the mistakes I make, mainly because I want people that follow me to know that even us so called pro’s f*ck it up every now and again, I am also very open when for whatever my horses don’t go well. Sometimes horses just don’t play ball – doesn't mean you haven’t done your home work or put in the right amount of effort. But what I try to not and hope I don’t do is publicly judge them, because I am very aware of the saying 'For the grace of God go I'. So pro riders, how about us sticking together? No bull shit needed, but no public hanging either, that is of course unless you are perfect? And can say you’ve never got it wrong?
It’s just I hear replacing glass in green houses is expensive...
So, that brings me nicely on to my next subject! RIO... Having got my love for eventing back I watched Rio closely, after all I have 2 horses that will be ready to win gold in 4 years time so I wanted to find out what I was in for!
Having watched from the get go I had one overwhelming feeling... That feeling was disappointment. Half of our team were off the pace in the dressage and scored well below what they had been producing here, then we (barring 1 rider) looked out of our depth on the xc. Yes we show jumped well, but so we should have...
I then watched while social meda went in to melt down on the day of xc. Again what interested me was just how negative and plain rude people were being about the riders. Let’s be frank now – it’s simple, we did under achieve. But do people honestly think that those riders out in Rio didn’t try their best?! Of course they did. But for what ever reason we aren’t consistently hitting the mark at championship level. Can anyone honestly say the funding programme is working? We have world class riders and horses so why aren’t they performing at world class level when we really need them to? We have to face the fact that we have not and do not perform consistently on the same high level as the other ‘top’ eventing nations when it comes to the championships, despite the fact we are the hub for eventing - riders come to this country to be based for training and that’s not bringing in to account our lottery funding program. Hopefully this is the reality check we need so the powers that be can get us back to being the country others fear and when the xc gets tough we shine, not fall apart. But please don’t pull apart our riders, they were out there in RIO doing their best, their best ‘should’ be good enough. It’s down to team GB to change the ‘should’ in to ‘is’.
Whilst we are talking of Olypmics...
I have my 2 horses all lined up, one is the son of a Little Tiger by Jaguar Mail. The other is a funny little narrow bright chestnut with 4 white socks, blaze and belly called Custard.
Custard was given to me by my best friend. She is a racing manager for an amazing lady and when their horses have finished their racing career they make sure they get good and permanent homes. Custard is a very odd character! He struggles with life slightly, but there has always been something about him I love. This summer I have finally had time to start his eventing career, from the second he left the ground I simply thought wow! For all Custard can’t cope with - lots of aspects of every day life, my goodness he is classy… For Custard flat work, jumping and being brave xc comes very naturally to him. What doesn’t come naturally to him is believing in himself. That is were my job has come in - I have spent the last 6 weeks building him up and showing him just how great he is and my gosh he is seriously finding his feet! Custard has made me remember that I have a knack with horses that need a friend, also that seeing the obvious talent isn’t hard. It’s seeing and working with talent that’s buried away that is a whole lot harder. Do I think Custard will honestly get to Toyko? Hand on heart – yes I do. Am I mad? Stupid? Delusional? Probably all of those things.. But if I don’t believe in him he certainly won’t believe in himself!
My little chestnut ex race horse is going to Toyko. Simple. I have made our plan, we shall stick to it and we will look forward to you all saying – 'Phoebe told us so!' For me, dreaming is what makes me tick, it’s what I live for. I live to do things other people wouldn’t do or don’t think I can do, because I’m that girl – the one who does things other people wouldn’t. Whether it’s jumping a pony round Badminton, jumping a gate one handed whilst videoing with the other hand or getting a 'scared of his own shadow' little ex race horse to think he is the best event horse to have ever walked the land. But I do those things for myself, because what makes me tick is what’s important to me.. Not what others think of what makes me tick…
Recently someone said to me that the power of the mind is an amazing thing. That same person also told me an amazing story about just how powerful the power of the mind can be, it reminded me of how I convince people I teach to jump fences they never thought they could. The reason I convince them is because I am convinced they can.
So do something for you, something that makes you tick.. If anyone questions you or tells you not to do something you want to.. Get rid of them, if people that are around you don’t believe in you it makes believing in yourself a whole lot harder. Just ask Custard…
Over and out.
P x x
Re-published with kind permission from Phoebe Buckley|Blog
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All four Team GB riders, Gemma Tattersall, Kitty King, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt had impressive clear rounds in the final team showjumping phase of the equestrian eventing competition. With Gemma Tattesall being the only one unfortunate to pick up just four time penalties.
The team's good form wasn't enough to secure a place on the podium, but their spirits were lifted after the disappointment of the cross-country phase with their jumping efforts moving them up from eighth to fifth place.
William Fox-Pitt was the only one of the team to qualify for the individual showjumping round. Frustratingly for Pippa Funnell, who finished in 26th place, only the top 25 combinations go forward to compete in this further round. William and Chilli however, again produced a stunning clear round to finish their Olympics in a high.
Speaking at the end of the competition:
Gemma Tattersall. “I’m so pleased with that. She (Quicklook V) came out really well this morning and jumped a beautiful clear round. She really tried and I am really happy with her.
“It is amazing to be here at the Olympics, I am very proud and honoured. Obviously yesterday was far from ideal; we tried our absolute best. We were unbelievably hungry to win a medal but things did not go our way.”
Kitty King. “It has been a wonderful experience. I have learnt an incredible amount and so has my horse. It has been a great team atmosphere. Everyone has gelled and got on really well. We have had good preparation. Not everything went according to plan but that is something which we will learn from, and move on and not dwell on too much.
“There are a lot of positives to take from this. Overall, I have had a great experience at my first Olympics and it has been an incredible event to compete in.”
Pippa Funnell. “It has been disappointing overall but I’m really pleased for the young riders Gemma and Kitty who have performed so well. The way they rode on this stage is really exciting for the future. I was really impressed with them, we have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and it has been a great team.
“I also really want to say thank you to UK Sport and the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme because without the National Lottery funding we get, we simply wouldn’t be here. We are sad we didn’t deliver a medal for them but the support has been outstanding and we are very grateful for it.”
William Fox-Pitt. “It was really great to finish on a good note after the disappointment of yesterday. We just didn’t have that luck with us yesterday; it was a very strong team and we’ve a fantastic team behind us. We’re very lucky in the UK to have some great support. I think today was rewarding for our whole team.”
“I think it will be the last time I ride him [Chilli Morning, at a Championship]. He has been fantastic here; he’s sixteen and he’s done everything I’ve asked of him.”
Team: France (1), Germany (2), Australia (3), Great Britain (5)
Individual: Michael Jung GER(1), Astier Nicolas FRA(2), Phillip Dutton USA(3), William Fox-Pitt (12), Pippa Funnell (26), Kitty King (30), Gemma Tattersall (41)
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In a cliff-hanger of a contest it came down to the last four into the arena to decide the team result, and it was the defending champions from Germany who claimed silver with Australia slipping from the overnight lead to take the bronze.
The Australians were in charge as the day began, but with only a 4.5 point advantage over their New Zealand neighbours while the French were just 6.2 further adrift and the Germans were stalking the leading pack over 11 penalty points further behind. France was the only one of the leading sides to go into today’s closing phase with a fully intact four-member team however, and in the end that proved the clincher.
The 12-fence track tested the turning skills of horses that took on one of the toughest Olympic Eventing cross-country tracks of all time yesterday. But most were jumping fresh and well again today and the pure quality of the four French horses was key to success.
Australia’s grip on the lead was severely undermined by a cricket score for their opener, Stuart Tinney, whose horse Pluto Mio kicked out four fences and also went over the time-allowed to collect a very expensive 17 faults. This dropped them into bronze medal spot, and left New Zealand out in front despite a single mistake from opener Jonelle Price with Faerie Dianimo. The French were already looking very comfortable after fabulous rounds from both Karim Laghouag with Entebbe and Thibaut Vallette riding Qing de Briot, but they began to look vulnerable when Mathieu Lemoine’s Bart L got tired towards the end of the track and left two fences on the floor for eight faults.
Team Podium. Germany (Silver), France (Gold), Australia (Bronze) Photo Credit Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI
The Kiwis lead meanwhile was further enhanced by a great clear from Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation, while the Australians held their ground when Sam Griffiths returned on a zero score with Paulank Brockagh. Their chance of gold was gone, but they would hold onto bronze if the man who has led the individual standings throughout the competition so far, Christopher Burton, could bring Santano II home without incident.
As the final moments played out however the Germans loomed large on the horizon when Sandra Auffarth (Opgun Louvo), Ingrid Klimke (Bob) and Michael Jung (Sam) posted three superb clears to pile the pressure on the three teams ahead of them. The French didn’t flinch, and a foot-perfect run from their four-line rider, Astier Nicolas with Piaf de B’Neville, meant they posted a finishing score of 169.0 penalties.
It was still all to play for as legendary double Olympic gold medallist Mark Todd came in as anchorman for New Zealand, but a heart-wrenching 16 faults with Leonidas ll sent Kiwi chances crashing down. Their finishing score of 178.80 left them almost three penalty points behind the Germans and now only an Australian meltdown could keep them on the podium.
And the drama lasted to the very end. Australia’s Burton and Santano picked up eight faults to round up the Aussie finishing score to 175.30 for bronze, relegating New Zealand to fourth, 3.5 points adrift.
Todd was tipped for the sixth Olympic medal of his career which would have been a New Zealand record. "That will be one of the biggest lows in my career. The whole week was a roller coaster ride. After yesterday's cross country we were still in with a chance and then - boom – you’re out. I was hoping to go out on a high. Leonidas is such a good jumper but he got wound up when going into the arena. I thought he would settle but he got more and more rattled,” said the shattered 60-year-old Kiwi legend.
The French however were on a high. This is the first gold and only the second medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the country that has only won two previous team titles in Eventing - a bronze in Rome in 1960 and gold at Athens in 2004.
“This is fantastic,” a clearly thrilled Astier Nicolas said afterwards. “There was a lot of pressure going into this, and really I just had to do what I could for the team. But even though there was a lot of pressure, I didn’t let it bother me. I really enjoyed my round and I am very happy. It’s just fantastic. It is an immense pleasure to be part of this team that has won gold for France. It is something we have waited for for a long time, and it’s amazing!”
Silver: Nicolas Astier (FRA), Gold: Micheal Jung (GER), Bronze: Philip Dutton (USA) Photo Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst/FEI
Jung (34) matched the record set by New Zealand’s Mark Todd at Los Angeles (USA) in 1984 and Seoul (KOR) in 1988 when making it a back-to-back double of individual Olympic Eventing golds. And, also like Todd, he rode the same horse that carried him to both team and individual glory in London (GBR) four years ago - Sam.
The defence of his London 2012 title didn’t get off to the perfect start as he had to settle for fifth place after the opening dressage phase, but a sensational cross-country run with the 16-year-old Sam yesterday moved him up into second behind overnight leaders, Australia’s Christopher Burton and Santano II.
Having contributed to his country’s team silver medal winning performance with a copybook showjumping performance, Jung moved into pole position and couldn’t be toppled. And in a nail-biting finale, it was French team gold medallist Nicolas Astier who took the silver with Piaf de B’Neville, while America’s Philip Dutton and Mighty Nice moved up from fourth to take the bronze.
Jung came to Rio as the man to beat, with not just team and individual gold from London 2012 on his career record but also the individual world title from Kentucky (USA) in 2010 and team gold at Normandy (FRA) in 2014 along with three consecutive double-European titles. He’s long been a phenomenon, and today’s result further confirms his supremacy as one of the most successful athletes in the history of this super-tough sport.
Burton had already dropped to third as the individual final action began with the top 25 jumping in reverse order of merit, and two fences down cost him a podium placing, allowing Dutton to move up the order in the closing stages. The 52-year-old American made just one mistake with the aptly-named Mighty Nice to post a final score of 51.80.
Frenchman Astier Nicolas was lying in silver medal spot having helped secure team gold for his country this morning with another fabulous another fabulous ride on his 13-year-old gelding Piaf de B’Neville. In 11th after dressage, his cross-country clear yesterday sent him rocketing up to third individually, and another fault-free effort this morning moved him up another place in the race for the ultimate prize. An uncharacteristically wild jump at the third fence added four jumping penalties and two time faults, but even though that moved their scoreline up to 48.00 they still held the lead as Jung returned to the arena.
But they don’t come any cooler than the man from the Black Forest and he made it look like a walk in the park as he crossed the finish line having added no penalties to his first-day total of 40.90, leaving him 7.1 penalties clear of Nicolas, the biggest winning margin in Eventing since the Barcelona 1992 Olympics when Australia’s Matt Ryan and Kibah Tic Toc won by a margin of 11.2.
“It’s the second time to win with Sam and that makes it even more special, I couldn’t be more proud of him”, Jung said. “He is so strong, on the cross-country he can run every hill, jump every fence but in showjumping he’s very nervous and it’s hard for him to concentrate. He jumped better in the second round than in the first. Yesterday it was difficult for me in the warm-up because of the people and the noise, but today the preparation was much nicer because it was quiet and he could settle.” And he added without hesitation when asked where he goes from here: “well Tokyo 2020 of course, and the Europeans and maybe the world title along the way!”
The final leaderboard showed Australia’s Sam Griffiths and Christopher Burton in fourth and fifth places followed by New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone (Balmoral Sensation) and Mark Todd (Leonidas ll) in sixth and seventh while China’s Alex Hua Tian sent a ripple of excitement across China when slotting into eighth place. “I can't believe it. I came here hoping to be in the top 20 - I never imagined this!” said the 26-year-old rider.
With three of the first eight riders biting the dust, the 33 fence course across the undulating terrain of the Olympic Equestrian Centre course in Deodoro was influential.
And so it proved to be - a tough day for Team GB.
First to ride, taking on the 'pathfinder' role for the team was Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V.
"Unfortunately today, for whatever reason, she went very ‘green’. She jumped fence three absolutely enormously and I think that frightened her a bit. She certainly would never want to do anything wrong, but I think she had a bit of a fright.” said Gemma.
Having a second refusal later in the course added 40 penalty points, plus time faults to her dressage score.
The over-night leader, William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning were next to ride. Sadly, they picked up 20 penalty points for a refusal, despite having an otherwise lovely round.
William said, “I had a very good run, it’s just annoying that I went past that third element. It was really unfortunate and my fault entirely. I went too quickly for him and there was no way I could turn so he didn’t do anything wrong. He is a lovely horse and to be riding him around the course is a luxury so I’m sad I have wasted it.”
GB's third combination was Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz. They were impressive to watch, and flew round the course, but unluckily had a run-out towards the end.
“I'm very proud of him,” commented Pippa, “when I walked that last fence I thought it was really unlucky at that stage of the course; I know other great horses have done it, but when you see a lot of horses struggling, I was a little worried because he’s so special but I'm delighted with him today. I’m just gutted for Yogi, the team and all the connections.”
Finally, towards the end of the day it was the turn of Kitty King and Ceylor L A N to tackle the course. They had a good, positive ride, but they too had a run-out at fence 11.
Kitty commented, “There are a lot of positives to take out of it, and he still did a great job. He jumped really well in the warm-up and felt fantastic and he felt brilliant over the first few [fences]; as soon as he jumped the first two I thought we're going to have a good ride and we did."
All four combinations incurred time faults, and the results as of the end of the XC phase see Team GB lying in eighth place.
Individual placings for Team GB athletes after the cross-country phase; William Fox-Pitt (22), Pippa Funnell (28), Kitty King (34) and Gemma Tattersall (44).
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