The two lucky winners of British Eventing’s inaugural cross country Course Design Scholarship have been announced following a nail biting day of interviews and practical field assessments.
The Course Design Scholarship, which is supported by the Bill Thomson Bursary, was introduced to help promising Course Designers who might not have the support, openings or financial backing to progress within this important role.
The final 2013 rankings have seen a hotly contested battle for the top spots. New Zealander Andrew Nicholson has retained first place in the rankings following another very successful season and also leads the FEI HSBC rankings. Topping the horse rankings is Irish bred Mr Cruise Control, owned jointly by Robin and Nicola Salmon alongside Andrew. Mr Cruise Control has had a prolific season finishing fifth in the 4* at Pau and first in both the CIC3* at Chatsworth in May and Luhmuhlen 4*. His owners will be presented with the Calcutta Light Horse Trophy in recognition of his impressive achievement. Andrew’s Olympic bronze medal winning mount, Deborah Sellar’s Nereo, is runner up with 382 points.
William Fox-Pitt had three shots to clinch Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), first event of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season but, in a nail-biting finale, it took the Briton until his third and last ride, Seacookie TSF, to secure the top prize.
After an outstanding day’s Cross Country yesterday, Fox-Pitt was in the rarefied position of holding the top three places. However, his triple winning chance began to shrink alarmingly when Neuf des Coeurs, third at that stage and jumping out of order, hit five rails and plummeted to eventual 15th place.
Great Britain has won the 2013 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing by just one point after an epic battle with last year’s champions, Germany.
The series went right to the wire at the final event, Boekelo (NED), at which Germany scored an emphatic team victory, but the British have run a well-orchestrated campaign with a pool of up-and-coming younger riders and, with the best five results to count, they just secured the win.
Not one of this afternoon’s top 23 managed to jump clear around Richard Jeffery’s influential show jumping track, including the top five who went before him. This left the Kiwi with a comfortable two-fence cushion as he cantered into the arena on a fresh-looking Clifton Promise. Frances Stead and Russell Hall’s gelding looked like delivering the only clear of the afternoon until he tipped the very last fence, adding four penalties to his dressage score of 37.1 to finish on a total of 41.1.
Jonathan Paget wins 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
Current Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize contender, Jonathan Paget (NZL) riding Clifton Promise held his nerve in the final show jumping phase to win the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Andrew Nicholson (NZL) finished in both 2nd place riding Avebury and 3rd place riding Nereo.
Highlights of today’s action from The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2013 Cross Country phase. Only 3 went clear inside the time, Jock Paget on Clifton Lush and Andrew Nicholson on both Avebury and Calico Joe.
Here the riders give their thoughts on the course and what it takes to ride the big Burghley fences.
Cross Country Course Designer Captain Mark Phillips and Event Director Elizabeth Inman give their thoughts on The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trial 2013. From defending champion, Andrew Nicholson’s chances – to how riders like William Fox-Pitt, Jock Padget, Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend will tackle the testing new Cross Country course.
Leading international event rider, Lucinda Fredericks is set to star at Your Horse Live, held on November 9 and 10 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Lucinda and her famous mare Headley Britannia will be showcasing their talent over the two days. The phenomenal pair have together won three of the world’s total six CCI4* FEI events, these being Burghley, Badminton and Kentucky. Headley Britannia is the only mare to have ever won all three events.
Mary and Emily King have added Rodney Powell Body Protectors to their list of sponsors. The mother and daughter duo have been kitted out with new Elite X2ESP body protectors customised in their respective team colours. Conforming to the latest safety standards, the Elite X2ESP is designed to be lightweight, flexible and breathable for maximum comfort.