Fox-Pitt raises the stakes with joint Dressage lead at Burghley
Words by Kate Green
The world’s two leading event riders are sharing the top spot after Dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.
William Fox-Pitt, a record six-time winner here, has raised the stakes with a brilliant performance on CCI4* first-timer Fernhill Pimms which equalled the Olympic champion Michael Jung’s (GER) score of 34.2 on FisherRocana FST yesterday (3rd September 2015) .
As anticipated, the reigning Olympic and European champion Michael Jung (GER) has made quite an impression on his first visit to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015, and is in the lead after the first day of Dressage (3rd September 2015).
Zara Phillips and Toytown, who were crowned European eventing champions at Blenheim Palace in 2005, are returning to the scene of their great victory this autumn (2015)
Toytown, who carried Zara to triumph in the World Equestrian Games the year following their European Championship win, is heading the Parade of Champions at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials – part of the Oxfordshire event’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Michael Jung (GER) has won most of the glittering prizes on offer in the sport of Eventing, but the reigning Olympic and European Champion has yet to take on the special challenges of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015.
The British Eventing Senior Selectors have decided to substitute Bayano, ridden by Flora Harris and owned by Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salt, ahead of the upcoming Longines FEI European Eventing Championships in Blair Castle (10th to 13th September 2015), following the horse’s recent lack of form at the Eventing CICO3* Nations Cup event in Aachen.
Land Rover UK has announced one of Britain’s leading three-day event riders Harry Meade as its latest equestrian ambassador signing.
The World Championships 2014 team silver medallist joins a stable of Land Rover equestrian ambassadors which include former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Zara Phillips and Olympic team gold medallists, show jumper Ben Maher and dressage rider Laura Tomlinson.
The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are now just around the corner, and to celebrate the first Games to be held in South America, the International Equestrian Federation (Fédération Equestre Internationale, FEI) has specially commissioned a stunning online Rio 2016 FEI Reportage photobook.
World number one showjumper Scott Brash heads a phenomenal line-up of riders heading to Hickstead for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (28 July to 2 August 2015).
Olympic and European gold medal winner Scott is entered with two of his rising star horses, Hello Forever and Hello M’Lady. The 30-year-old Brit has recently moved from his native Peeblesshire to a new base near the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, and his appearance at the show will give showjumping fans a rare opportunity to see this jet-setting superstar compete on home turf.
Charities to Benefit from SEIB 2015 Burghley Sponsored Ride
The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride which will take place on the 6th September 2015, on the final day of the world famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will donate proceeds to some worthy equine charities.
The equine charities that will benefit from the SEIB Burghley Sponsored ride are; World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society and the Kestevan branch of Riding for the Disabled. Ride organiser, Ian Scott said, “We are delighted to be donating money to these such deserving equine charities. Over the 14 years the ride has been held the cumulative charitable donation is now over £180,000”.
FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015: British team triumph at Strzegom
An all-female team from Great Britain eventually beat an all-male trio from Australia after a tight competition at Strzegom (POL), fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015 (25th to 28th June 2015).
The three-man Australian team led after Dressage, with Andrew Hoy taking the individual lead on Cheeky Calimbo, but the Brits, who were third at that stage, were collectively faster across country to take a tiny two-penalty lead going into the final Jumping phase.