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FEI Classics™ Burghley Horse Trials


Michael Jung (GER) makes his debut in style at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/201, by taking the lead after the first day of Dressage on FischerRocana FST. (photo by Trevor Meeks/FEI)

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Fernhill Pimms draw level with Michael Jung (GER) and FischerRocana FST after Dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. (photo by Trevor Meeks/FEI)

By Kate Green

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, September 3-6, 2015, got started this week, with Olympic and European champion Michael Jung (GER) in the lead after the first day of Dressage

The Ground Jury, President Nick Burton (GBR), Andrew Bennie (NZL) and Christina Klingspor (SWE), unanimously placed him out in front on his first ride, FischerRocana FST, with a mark of 34.2 for a classy test that was beautifully light, harmonious and happy.

 “She was very relaxed, easy to ride and gave me a good feeling,” said Jung of the 11-year-old mare on which he won Kentucky, second leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015, in which Jung is lying second in the rankings behind his compatriot Ingrid Klimke (GER).

Andrew Hoy (AUS), who first won Burghley in 1979, also broke the 40-penalty barrier and is in second place with Rutherglen on a score of 37.8 after a reliably smooth and attractive test.

Third-placed Niklas Bschorer (GER) scored 39.2 in a well-ridden test on Tom Tom Go 3. At 20, he is the youngest in the field of 74 riders, but his riding style is mature.

But things changed on the second day of Dressage. The world’s two leading event riders now share the top spot after Dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR).

William Fox-Pitt, a record six-time winner here, has raised the stakes with a brilliant performance on CCI4* first-timer Fernhill Pimms which equaled the Olympic champion Michael Jung’s (GER) score of 34.2 on FisherRocana FST.

Their only mistake in an attractive test was a fluffed first flying change which scored fours. “I’m delighted with Pimms; that’s the first time he’s done that test in an arena – there’s four flying changes and that’s a big step up,” said the world number two. “He’s a lovely horse to ride on the flat; he loves showing off.”

Fox-Pitt took on the ride on Fernhill Pimms, an 11-year-old by Ard VDL Douglas, in 2013. The horse was produced in Ireland by Portuguese rider Duarte Seabra for Carol Gee, who owns him with Catherine Witt. Fox-Pitt won the prestigious young horse CIC3* at Blenheim (GBR) in 2013 on the bay gelding and finished fifth at Bramham CCI3* (GBR) this year. 

Sam Griffiths (AUS), who is lying third on Happy Times with a score of 36.8, has the security of knowing he is on one of the most experienced horses in the sport, let alone at Burghley. The 16-year-old by Heraldik, also the damsire of Michael Jung’s La Biosthetique Sam, has been placed five times at Burghley.

 “He’s always very consistent on the flat, but he really pulled out the stops today,” said Griffiths.

Griffiths’ compatriot Andrew Hoy has now slipped a couple of places to fourth on Rutherglen, with just a 0.9 penalty ahead of another hugely experienced combination, Oliver Townend (GBR) and the 16-year-old Armada. They brought the afternoon to an exciting conclusion when scoring 38.7.
Follow the action on and  Also watch a Cross Country Preview video on the Burghley-horse website.
Results after Dressage
1= William Fox-Pitt/Fernhill Pimms (GBR) 34.2
1= Michael Jung/FisherRocana FST (GER) 34.2
3 Sam Griffiths/Happy Times (AUS) 36.8
4 Andrew Hoy/Rutherglen (AUS) 37.8
5 Oliver Townend/Armada (GBR) 38.7
6 Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 38.7
7= Niklas Bschorer/Tom Tom Go 3 (GER) 39.2
7= Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam (GER) 39.2
9 Cedric Lyard/Cadeau du Roi (FRA) 39.6
10 Rosalind Canter/Allstar B (GBR) 40.2

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