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Michael Jung makes history at Burghley
By Kate Green
A huge crowd rose to their feet in appreciation as Michael Jung (GER) and his wonderful horse La Biosthetique Sam jumped the perfect clear stadiium round to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.
Jung is the first German rider to win a British CCI4*, and he received a great reception from the crowd, who recognized a phenomenal horseman in action and had been surrounding him all weekend asking for “selfies” and autographs.
“To come to Burghley is amazing; to ride the Cross Country was wonderful; and to win here at an event which is such a great tradition in the sport is just fantastic. This will be one of the highlights of my life,” said Jung. “I really enjoyed it here and hope I will have horses for it next year.”
This is the 21st international event he has won with the 16-year-old Sam, whom he describes as “being like a good friend - every time he gives me 100%.”
Jung also finished second in the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 behind his compatriot Ingrid Klimke, who was at Burghley to receive her check for $40,000 in the main arena.
Jung was under huge pressure coming into the stadium arena as Tim Price (NZL) had conjured a beautiful clear round from Ringwood Sky Boy to finish runner-up behind the German for the second time this year, following Kentucky (USA) in April.
“Sky Boy has been improving and I hoped that would show itself on the flat,” explained Tim. “He has always been a good Cross Country horse, but to still be here today, in second place, is wonderful. He is not a natural show jumper, but he is learning to try hard at the right moment.”
The talented Christopher Burton (AUS), who has never previously completed Burghley, had a perfect day with two clear rounds to finish third and fourth on TS Jamaimo and Haruzac.
“I haven’t had a very good run here before. I came here as a young rider from Australia in 2004 and fell off at the third fence, so just to see the finish flags was a pretty good feeling,” he said.
Jonelle Price (NZL) slipped from third to fifth when Classic Moet hit the first part of the treble, but clear rounds elevated Sir Mark Todd to sixth on Leonidas ll, Cedric Lyard (FRA) to seventh on Cadeau du Roi, Kristina Cook (Star Witness) to eighth and best British rider, and Sam Griffiths (AUS) and Paulank Brockagh to ninth.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) had a fence down on Fernhill Pimms, but still rose three places to 10th. However, for the first time since the inception of the FEI Classics™ in 2008 he missed out on a cash prize. The Badminton winner finished on the same score, 24 points, as Tim Price, but the New Zealander took precedent in fourth place on the final leader board as, according to the rules, he had gained his points at fewer competitions.
1 Michael Jung/La Biosthetique Sam (GER) 39.2 + 0.8 + 0 = 40.0
2 Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 38.7 + 2.8 + 0 = 41.5
3 Christopher Burton/TS Jamaimo (AUS) 45.0 + 0 + 0 = 45.0
4 Christopher Burton/Haruzac (AUS) 41.2 + 6.4 + 0 = 47.6
5 Jonelle Price/Classic Moet (NZL) 44.9 + 0 + 4 = 48.9
6 Sir Mark Todd/Leonidas ll (NZL) 41.7 + 8.8 + 0 = 50.5
7 Cedric Lyard/Cadeau du Roi (FRA) 39.6 + 11.2 + 0 = 50.8
8 Kristina Cook/Star Witness (GBR) 47.4 + 5.2 + 0 = 52.6
9 Sam Griffiths/Paulank Brockagh (AUS) 42.5 + 15.2 + 0 = 57.7
10 William Fox-Pitt/Fernhill Pimms (GBR) 34.2 + 20.4 + 4 = 58.6
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