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Jonathan Paget in 1st and 2nd Position after Cross-Country at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

(Burghley, UK, 7 September 2013) Current Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize contender, Jonathan Paget (NZL) riding Clifton Promise, has maintained his overnight place after cross-country in 1st place at the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Paget riding his other horse Clifton Lush is also lying in 2nd place, with Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Avebury in 3rd place. Seven out of the top 10 placed horses after the cross-country stage are from New Zealand.

Rider Quotes

Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise & Clifton Lush

Q. How did the course ride for you for your two horses?

I thought it was hard work all day on both horses and I was on two exceptional horses, but I still found it hard. It started off very intense – you don’t get into much of a rhythm as you are always turning, going up and down.

The fences are big, they’re angled, they’re skinny, ditches, always turning back on yourself – and once you get your horses up to the Dairy Mound your horses are tired – but then you are saying you need to make up some time and it’s hard to make up time on a tired horse!  For me the most important thing was to respect the fences but try and make up time at the same time.

Q. Is this one of the strangest days you’ve ever had having been stopped out on course on both horses during your rounds?

Yes, it was weird! It definitely worked in my favour on the first horse (Clifton Lush) – he had a breather and then he got going again and he was much quicker, but it didn’t work in my favour for my second horse (Clifton Promise) – he was a little bit surprised to be going again and it was hard to get his attention on the fences, but luckily he’s a very good horse.

Q. Any sticky moments out on course?

I was a tad nervous when I nearly jumped the Judge at Cottsmore Leap (fence 21), and coming home, on both horses actually, through that last water over the two boats for different reasons, were not as smooth as I would have liked it to be.

Q. Why were you stopped on both horses out on the course?

The first horse (Clifton Lush), I think I had an awkward jump over fence 6 and I think he bumped his nose with his knee and it bleed a little bit – the vet wanted to make sure it wasn’t coming from the lungs and once he could tell that he let me go.  And the second horse (Clifton Promise) just bit his tongue.

Andrew Nicholson riding Avebury, Nereo & Calico Joe

Q. Three of your horses in the first 8 – what was it like for you today?

Unlike Jock who it sounded like he had a couple of hairy rides – mine felt very smooth!  Calicoe Joe is very, very fast and he has great stamina – he doesn’t have a big jump and he has his own way of doing it. Joe felt like he was enjoying it and when I told him to go – he went quite happily and I knew I was going far too fast at the end, but I didn’t dare slow down in case he’d thought we’d finished.

Avebury felt perfect all the way – it was only up at the road crossing or the verticals – otherwise he felt like he thought it was very easy and he thoroughly enjoyed whizzing around the mounds and turns and all the ducking and diving at the beginning.

For Nereo it’s a very difficult place at Burghley for him with the little mounds and undulations – the times he’s been here before he’s found it hard work.  I thought he dealt very well with it and kept very honest – I’m very, very pleased with all three of them.

Copyright Free Audio Post Dressage Day 2 Press Conference

For an audio interview of the post Cross-Country press conference featuring Jonathan Paget, Andrew Nicholson and cross-country Course Designer – Capt Mark Phillips , please click link here: http://po.st/XCBurghley.

Other audio available here:

Jonathan Paget – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/SAT_JockPaget_Presser.mp3

Andrew Nicholson – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/SAT_AndrewNicholson.mp3

William Fox Pitt – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/XC_WFP.mp3

Captain Mark Phillips course designer – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/captain_sat_burghley_xc.MP3

Results after Cross-Country

1 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 37.1
2 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Lush (NZL) 42.0
3 Andrew Nicholson/Avebury (NZL) 42.3
4 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 42.3
5 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 43.3

For more information on the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and full Results/Leaderboard, please visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

A New Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contender

Having won the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Paget is now in the unique position of being able to compete for the US$350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Prize – to do so, he will need to repeat his success from Badminton and claim a win at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. If he can complete this immense challenge, he will go forward to the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, with a win making him only the second person to be a Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Champion, joining Pippa Funnell.

Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

In 2001, Rolex created the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This prize is awarded to the rider who manages to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event in any consecutive order. Until now, only British rider Pippa Funnell has managed this staggering achievement, winning the title in 2003.

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Paget Leads the Kiwi Charge at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Jock Paget (NZL) and Clifton Promise clear the HSBC Maltings Branch fence to take the lead after Cross Country at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR). Paget is also second on Clifton Lush. (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 7 September, 2013 – Jock Paget and his fellow New Zealand riders showed the way with their brilliant Cross Country riding at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, and they now hold seven of the top 10 places.

Paget is in first and second on Clifton Promise and Clifton Lush; last year’s winner Andrew Nicholson is third, fifth and eighth on Avebury, Nereo and Calico Joe; Jonelle Richards is sixth on The Deputy; and five-time Burghley winner Mark Todd gave a master class of horsemanship on his inexperienced new ride Oloa to rise eight places to 10th.

Paget (on Clifton Lush) and Nicholson (on Calico Joe and Avebury) were the only riders to achieve the 11 minute 34 second optimum time; William Fox-Pitt (GBR), riding a New Zealand Thoroughbred, Parklane Hawk, was foot perfect and only two seconds over time. He is now in fourth place, on the same score as Nicholson on Avebury.

Dual Olympic gold medallists Ingrid Klimke (GER) and FRH Butts Abraxxas dropped from second after Dressage to seventh after incurring 9.2 time penalties and Nicola Wilson (GBR) has maintained ninth place on Opposition Buzz.

Paget had a strange day because he was held on the course with both horses while they were checked by officials for minor injuries. Clifton Lush had bumped his nose after pecking at the Elephant Trap [fence 6], which caused it to bleed, and Clifton Promise bit his tongue at some point on the middle of the course and had blood in his mouth. Neither horse was affected by the incidents.

“It was a bit weird,” admitted Paget. “The hold definitely worked in my favour with Lush, but Promise [who finished just one second over the optimum time] was a little bit surprised to find himself going again.

“The course was challenging even though I was riding two exceptional horses. The fences were big, angled and skinny and you were behind time when you got to the Land Rover Dairy Mount [fence 19].”

Course Designer Mark Phillips (GBR) had set a true four-star test, which was acclaimed by riders, and Klimke said she considered her debut performance at Burghley to be one of the great achievements of her career.

“It was as challenging as I expected,” she said. “I had a scary moment at the Trout Hatchery [fence 14] when we sat on the hedge after doing too big a jump over the fence before. But he is only a little horse and he did so many other good things.

“The rest felt wonderful. It’s certainly the hardest course I have done with him. He goes like a little rabbit over the European courses but it’s been my dream to finish a real English course on him!”

Nicholson, whose round on Avebury in the middle of the day was beautiful to watch, said: “The course wasn’t as big as in some years but it was cleverly done. You had to sit on your backside and ride right from the start rather than gliding around, and that is as it should be.”

Describing the performances of his three horses, he said: “Calico Joe is fast and has lots of stamina but he isn’t a very big jump. I thought once that he wouldn’t progress beyond novice, so I’m very pleased with him.

“Avebury felt pretty perfect, but it was a difficult course for Nereo because he tries to jump all the little mounds and undulations. However, he dealt with it very well and kept digging deeper.”

Phillips said he felt his track had achieved the right statistics: there were 39 clear rounds and 46 of the 62 Cross Country starters completed.

Andreas Dibowski (GER), equal fifth after Dressage, was the most high-profile departure from the leader board. He retired FRH Butts Leon after a run-out at an angled hedge at the influential Discovery Valley (fence 8).

Oliver Townend (GBR), 10th after Dressage, was frustrated to have a run-out with Armada at the second triple brush at the Land Rover Dairy Farm (fence 19). “He didn’t clock what I was asking him to do,” said Townend. “There are no excuses. It’s just frustrating because he’s a class horse.”

Another to have a disappointing day was Piggy French (GBR), who tipped off Westwood Mariner when he left a leg in the ditch at fence 8. Tom McEwen (GBR), riding Dry Old Party, clung on valiantly after being unshipped from the saddle at the Olympic Planet fence at 5, but eventually had to let go.

Pascal Leroy (FRA) fell from Minos de Petra at this fence; Buck Davidson, the sole American rider, had a fall from Park Trader at Keeper’s Cottage (fence 20) where William Fox-Pitt retired Neuf des Coeurs because the horse had lost a shoe.

Lucy Jackson was the only New Zealander to have a bad day; she found herself sitting on the hut at the Trout Hatchery when Willy Do stopped abruptly.

Alex Postolowsky (GBR) is currently the highest placed of the candidates for the HSBC Training Bursary for the best CCI4* finisher; she is 39th on Islanmore Ginger after a slow but clear Cross Country round.

Paget, currently third in the HSBC FEI Classics, now has a fence in hand with Clifton Promise over himself on Clifton Lush. He also has a fence in hand over last year’s winners, Nicholson and Avebury.

“Andrew is a hero of mine,” said Paget. “He has been very generous with his advice and without him I wouldn’t be here. Of course I’ll be trying to beat him tomorrow, but I really appreciate all he’s done for me.”

Two of Paget’s compatriots have achieved the Burghley one-two before: Mark Todd on Wilton Fair and Charisma in 1987 and Blyth Tait on Chesterfield and Aspyring in 1998. More recently, William Fox-Pitt was first and second in 2008 on Tamarillo and Ballincoola. We are on the brink of seeing Eventing history made.

Full results on: www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

Listen to audio links: catch up with the leaders after Cross Country:

Jonathan Paget – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/SAT_JockPaget_Presser.mp3

Andrew Nicholson – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/SAT_AndrewNicholson.mp3

William Fox-Pitt – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/XC_WFP.mp3

And with Captain Mark Phillips, course designer – http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/captain_sat_burghley_xc.MP3

View full standings: www.fei.org/fei/sponsors/hsbc-and-fei/fei-classics

HSBC’s Training Bursary

At the centre of HSBC’s sponsorship is a commitment to the development of the sport of Eventing at every level. As part of its support of the HSBC FEI Classics, HSBC has introduced a Training Bursary. This is a unique award which is presented to the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4-star level event. The winning rider receives a training voucher to the value of US $1,000 to be spent on sessions with a trainer of the athlete’s choice approved by the FEI and National Federation.

HSBC, the platinum partner of the FEI and global sponsor of Eventing, has supported the HSBC FEI Classics series, which unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit, since 2008.

In our HSBC FEI Hub, you can access the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series standings, HSBC Rankings and all news relating to the current and past series.

Prize money

The HSBC FEI Classics prize fund is the largest on offer in the sport of Eventing on an annual basis. At the end of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 season, the five riders with the highest number of points collected across the six HSBC FEI Classics events will share a total prize fund of US$333,000 split as follows: 1st – US$150,000 (Series Champion); 2nd – US$75,000; 3rd – US$50,000; 4th – US$33,000; 5th – US$25,000.

HSBC Rankings

The rider at the top of the HSBC Rankings at the end of the 2013 Eventing season will receive a US $50,000 bonus. The winning rider will be announced in December 2013.

Join the FEI on Facebook & Twitter.

Our signature Twitter hashtags for this series are #HSBC and #Eventing. We encourage you to use them, and if you have space: #HSBC FEI Classics #Eventing

By Kate Green

Media Contacts:

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials:

Bridget Burbidge
Press Officer
bridget@jbpromotions.co.uk
+44 7850 822 820

FEI:

Grania Willis
Director Media Relations
Grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 45

Jock Paget Shows Plenty of Promise at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Jock Paget (NZL) and Clifton Promise are outstanding to take the lead after the Dressage phase at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR). (Photo: Kate Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 6 September 2013 – Jock Paget (NZL) and Clifton Promise could be on the brink of making Eventing history after taking over the lead after Dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

The 29-year-old New Zealander has pledged to take all the direct routes on Mark Phillips’s much-respected Cross Country track tomorrow and announced determinedly: “I’m here to win.”

After an outstanding performance, in which he scored his first 10 at CCI4* level, for the halt, Paget heads the first-day Dressage leader Ingrid Klimke (GER) on FRH Butts Abraxxas by just 1.3 penalties.

Paget, who is also in equal fifth place on Clifton Lush, could become the first rider since Ginny Leng (riding Master Craftsman) in 1989 to win Badminton and Burghley in the same season on the same horse.

His Dressage mark of 36.7 is two penalties better than at Badminton, where he was fourth at this stage. “This was a lot better,” said Paget. “He was more consistent.

“I have had to go through him showing tension at some of the smaller competitions, but he’s an experienced horse now and when he comes to something like Burghley, he knows he has to focus.”

Paget has had an extraordinarily consistent career with the 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred by Engagement. Last year, the pair were 10th and won team bronze at the London Olympic Games as well as being second at Pau (FRA) behind Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Nereo, who today slotted into third place on 41.3 after a polished test.

Nicholson, leader of the HSBC FEI Classics, and Nereo are another experienced combination. They were World bronze medallists in 2010 and second at Burghley in 2011 behind William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and the New Zealand Thoroughbred Parklane Hawk, who are currently just 0.2 of a penalty behind in fourth place.

“Nereo has done all sorts of Cross Country courses all over the world now,” said Nicholson, who is also seventh on Avebury and equal 18th on Calico Joe. “He prefers a galloping course as he takes massive, powerful strides. The undulations are quite difficult for him, but I think he’ll cope.”

Fox-Pitt, who has won Burghley a record six times, leads the British fight back against the Kiwis and Germans who are dominating the event so far. Kristina Cook, who scored two 10s for her halt, is in eighth place on De Novo News, a mare she bred herself out of Douce de Longvaut. The latter was in foal to De Novo News when Cook went clear around Burghley on her in 2003.

Nicola Wilson (GBR) earned perhaps the loudest cheers of the afternoon on the great British team horse Opposition Buzz, and is now in ninth place, 0.4 of a penalty ahead of Oliver Townend on the Spanish-bred Armada, the more excitable full brother of Nereo.

“I am so proud of him,” said Wilson of her sparky black 16-year-old, considered one of the best Cross Country horses in the world – their fall at Luhmühlen in June was their first ever fault in this phase.

“His dressage has come on so well this year and he felt really rideable, which was such a treat. I’m really excited about riding here; we haven’t been here since 2008 [when they were fifth] because we started our team career after that.”

Townend, a winner of Burghley on Carousel Quest in 2009, was equally satisfied with Armada, who has had a tendency to be hot in this phase previously. “He probably takes more time than any other horse on my yard, but I really like riding him and I think we have just about got to grips with him.

“The course here is probably the most difficult in the world, but he has a huge stride, boundless energy and probably twice the power of any of my other horses. If someone suggested I entered him in the Grand National, it wouldn’t concern me.”

Captain Phillips says that the most difficult part of the course is up to the Land Rover Dairy Mound at 19, which comes at the seven-minute marker. This fence is perhaps causing the most discussion among riders: it comprises an uphill triple brush, which will require plenty of impulsion, followed by a bending downhill five-stride distance to another accuracy-testing triple brush.

“This really concludes the most testing section of the course,” commented Phillips. “I think riders will be really disappointed if they make a mistake after that.”

Behind Paget, less than five penalties cover the rest of the top 10, and with a chasing pack of this high quality, and a Cross Country course that is keeping everyone on their toes, he may have to work hard for his first Burghley win.

“Lush is good at turning, but he hasn’t got as big a stride as Promise, who can be strong at the start of the course, and so he may find some of the distances tricky,” said Paget. “If I win Burghley, I will be a very happy man.”

Tomorrow’s Cross Country day, which starts at 11.30am, promises to be a thriller.

Full results on: www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

View full standings: www.fei.org/fei/sponsors/hsbc-and-fei/fei-classics.

Audio links: Catch up with the leaders after Dressage:

Jonathan Paget (NZL), Dressage leader http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FRI_JockPaget.mp3

Andrew Nicholson (NZL), third on Nereo http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FRI_AndrewNicholson.mp3

William Fox Pitt (GBR), fourth with Parklane Hawk http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FRI_WillF-P.mp3

Nicola Wilson (GBR), ninth after her best ever Dressage score on Opposition Buzz http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FRI_NicolaWilson.mp3

HSBC’s Training Bursary

At the centre of HSBC’s sponsorship is a commitment to the development of the sport of Eventing at every level. As part of its support of the HSBC FEI Classics, HSBC has introduced a Training Bursary. This is a unique award which is presented to the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4-star level event. The winning rider receives a training voucher to the value of US $1,000 to be spent on sessions with a trainer of the athlete’s choice approved by the FEI and National Federation.

HSBC, the platinum partner of the FEI and global sponsor of Eventing, has supported the HSBC FEI Classics series, which unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit, since 2008.

In our HSBC FEI Hub, you can access the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series standings, HSBC Rankings and all news relating to the current and past series.

Prize money

The HSBC FEI Classics prize fund is the largest on offer in the sport of Eventing on an annual basis. At the end of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 season, the five riders with the highest number of points collected across the six HSBC FEI Classics events will share a total prize fund of US$333,000 split as follows: 1st – US$150,000 (Series Champion); 2nd – US$75,000; 3rd – US$50,000; 4th – US$33,000; 5th – US$25,000.

HSBC Rankings

The rider at the top of the HSBC Rankings at the end of the 2013 Eventing season will receive a US $50,000 bonus. The winning rider will be announced in December 2013.

Join the FEI on Facebook & Twitter.

Our signature Twitter hashtags for this series are #HSBC and #Eventing. We encourage you to use them, and if you have space: #HSBC FEI Classics #Eventing

By Kate Green

Media Contacts:

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials:

Bridget Burbidge
Press Officer
bridget@jbpromotions.co.uk
+44 7850 822 820

FEI:

Grania Willis
Director Media Relations
Grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 45

Jonathan Paget Leads World Class Field

(Burghley, UK, 6 September 2013)  Jonathan Paget (NZL) riding Clifton Promise is in 1st place after the Dressage phase at the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Ingrid Klimke (GER) riding FRH Butts Abraxxas is in 2nd place, with Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo in 3rd place. Current Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize contender Jonathan Paget is also lying in joint 5th place on Clifton Lush.

Rider Quotes

Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise

Q. How did that test compare with your Badminton test, which you went on to win?

I thought that test was a lot better than the Badminton test, he got a little bit tense there – but here he was just consistent all the way through.

Q. Do you feel under pressure coming here as the Badminton winner?

I think you can put pressure on yourself and this is a new kind of pressure for me because I’ve not won a four star before – but you’re always under pressure at these big events.

Q. Are you planning to take all the quick routes in the Cross Country tomorrow?

I haven’t finished my plan yet on how I’m going to ride and it will probably vary throughout the day depending how it goes, but I’m here to win and I’ll do everything I can to win.

Q. Which of your two horses do you think will cope better with the course tomorrow?

I think it’s probably a combination of both, as Lush is turning and thinking on his feet, and Promise will be strong at the start of the course, but Lush hasn’t got as big a stride as Promise so he might struggle with some of the distances – but apart from that both very strong at cross country.

Andrew Nicholson riding Nereo

Q. Looking at tomorrow – how is it going to suit you and Nereo?

He’s done all sorts of courses all over the world – he will naturally prefer a big galloping course as he’s got a massive powerful stride but he has run round here a few times – he’s dealt with it before and I’m sure he’ll deal with it again tomorrow.

Q. How do you compare your dressage day with Badminton?

I think it was a step up from Badminton – the whole test was a lot more polished and a bit more correct – today was a lot more smooth and consistent.

Q. Out of all the technical questions on tomorrow’s course, which do you think is the most difficult?

I think it’s pretty consistent all the way round, but for me probably the most difficult is the Dairy Mounds – skinny brushes on the hill. I know from other years that whatever is on the Dairy Mounds takes a lot more jumping than what you think as the horses are a little tired by the time you get there – perhaps it’s because I’ve been around too many times and know where the horses feel tired and where they don’t.

Cross Country Course Designer – Capt Mark Phillips

Q. What were you setting out to do when you designed this course?

The Dairy Mound is at seven minutes so all the serious questions are in the first seven minutes, hopefully before the horses get too tired. I think after that, riders will be disappointed if they make a mistake.

I think if horses are down at five minutes (on the time) then it’s just a question of how much they can get back in 7, 8, 9, 10 minutes because at ten minutes it’s the Burghley Station and I don’t think there is any time to get it back after that.

Q. What effect does it have on you when you hear that Ingrid Klimke says it’s the most daunting course she has ever encountered?!

I think the people I have spoken to say it is a ‘real four star’ course – and I don’t know how to say it but perhaps it’s more of a four star than some others that we’ve seen recently!

Copyright Free Audio Post Dressage Day 2 Press Conference

For an audio interview of the post Day 2 Dressage press conference featuring Jonathan Paget, Andrew Nicholson and cross-country Course Designer – Capt Mark Phillips, please click link here: http://po.st/ihmgMm.

Results after Day 2 Dressage

1 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 36.7
2 Ingrid Klimke/FRH Butts Abraxxas (GER) 39.0
3 Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 41.3
4 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 41.5
5= Jonathan Paget/Clifton Lush (NZL) 42.0
5= Andreas Dibowski/FRH Butts Leon (GER) 42.0

For more information on the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and full Results/Leaderboard, please visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

A New Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contender

Having won the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Paget is now in the unique position of being able to compete for the US$350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Prize – to do so, he will need to repeat his success from Badminton and claim a win at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. If he can complete this immense challenge, he will go forward to the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, with a win making him only the second person to be a Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Champion, joining Pippa Funnell.

Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

In 2001, Rolex created the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This prize is awarded to the rider who manages to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event in any consecutive order. Until now, only British rider Pippa Funnell has managed this staggering achievement, winning the title in 2003.

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Klimke Makes Stunning Debut at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Ingrid Klimke and FRH Butts Abraxxas produce a superb test to take the lead after the first day of Dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. (Photo: Kate Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 5 September 2013 – Ingrid Klimke (GER) and FRH Butts Abraxxas thrilled the excited crowd at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, and now holds the overnight lead after the first day of Dressage.

They scored 39 penalties and are three points clear of the two riders currently holding joint-second place: Andreas Dibowski (GER) on FRH Butts Leon and Jock Paget (NZL) on Clifton Lush.

Surprisingly, Klimke, the newly crowned European team gold and individual silver medallist, has never been to Burghley before. She explained that she is usually at the national championships in Germany, but as “Braxxy” is now 16, it was a case of “now or never”.

The son of Heraldik XX (also the sire of Michael Jung’s European Champion Halunke, FRH Butts Leon and Sam Griffiths’s Burghley ride, Happy Times) is so established, soft and “through” in the Dressage arena that the crowd knew they were watching something special. There was a gasp as Ground Jury President Nick Burton (GBR) awarded the only 10 of the day, for the halt in the middle of the test.

“He is so sweet and relaxed,” said Klimke of her six-time team horse. “When we come into the arena, he says: ‘What do you want me to do and I will do it’.”

Dibowski’s horse, FRH Butts Leon, another 16-year-old (both horses are bred by Friedrich Butt) has also been a great servant to the German team and won Luhmühlen in 2011, but was ridden at last year’s London Olympic Games by Thailand’s Nina Ligon.

“It’s an exciting story that we have been reunited,” said Dibowski, who has not competed at Burghley since the European Championships in 1987.

He said that the hot sunshine suits his horse. “He loved it in Hong Kong [at the 2008 Olympic Games]. He just gets better and better.”

Andrew Nicholson (NZL), the first rider to compete three horses at Burghley, is in fourth place on 42.3 with his 2012 winner, Avebury, and in eighth on Calico Joe. He still has his Pau 2012 winner Nereo to come tomorrow.

Sarah Cohen (GBR), who gave birth to her second child earlier this year, is best of the British riders in seventh place on Treason; six-time Burghley winner William Fox-Pitt (GBR) is ninth on the first of his two rides Neuf des Coeurs; and Piggy French (GBR), who is back riding at CCI4* level after a two-year gap, is 10th on new ride Westwood Mariner with 49.2.

“This was our first four-star test together so I am very pleased,” said French, a member of the British team in 2011. “I think it’s about as good as we could have achieved at the moment; we’re still very much on a learning curve. It’s nice to be back!”

Riders are impressed with Mark Phillips’s revamped Cross Country track, where the most demanding fences come in the first half. Ingrid Klimke says that three courses stick in her mind as being big and imposing: the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the 2010 Kentucky track (at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games) and this one at Burghley.

Andrew Nicholson added that he thought Captain Phillips had been “very clever”. He explained: “The new FEI rule that asks designers to use less jumping efforts within the same distance is quite a challenge for them, but Mark has managed to slow us down without making it twisty. I don’t think many riders will get the optimum time.”

The Dressage phase resumes tomorrow (Friday) with leading riders Kevin McNab (AUS), Bettina Hoy (GER) and Kristina Cook (GBR) to come, as well as William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Jock Paget (NZL) on their second horses.

Nicholson is the runaway leader of the HSBC FEI Classics, but Burghley placings will be significant in the fortunes of Fox-Pitt and Jock Paget, who are currently in second and third. And any other rider who can win this challenging contest on Sunday will spring into the five cash prizes.

Full results are available at: www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

View full standings: www.fei.org/fei/sponsors/hsbc-and-fei/fei-classics.

Audio links: Catch up with the leaders discussing their tests:

Ingrid klimke (in English) http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/THURS_IngridKlimke.mp3

Ingrid Klimke (in German) http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/THURS_IngridKlimkeGER.mp3

Andreas Dibowski (English) http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/THURS_AndreasDibowsky.mp3

Jock Paget http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/THURS_JockPaget.mp3

HSBC’s Training Bursary

At the centre of HSBC’s sponsorship is a commitment to the development of the sport of Eventing at every level. As part of its support of the HSBC FEI Classics, HSBC has introduced a Training Bursary. This is a unique award which is presented to the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4-star level event. The winning rider receives a training voucher to the value of US $1,000 to be spent on sessions with a trainer of the athlete’s choice approved by the FEI and National Federation.

HSBC, the platinum partner of the FEI and global sponsor of Eventing, has supported the HSBC FEI Classics series, which unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit, since 2008.

In our HSBC FEI Hub, you can access the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series standings, HSBC Rankings and all news relating to the current and past series.

Prize money

The HSBC FEI Classics prize fund is the largest on offer in the sport of Eventing on an annual basis. At the end of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 season, the five riders with the highest number of points collected across the six HSBC FEI Classics events will share a total prize fund of US$333,000 split as follows: 1st – US$150,000 (Series Champion); 2nd – US$75,000; 3rd – US$50,000; 4th – US$33,000; 5th – US$25,000.

HSBC Rankings

The rider at the top of the HSBC Rankings at the end of the 2013 Eventing season will receive a US $50,000 bonus. The winning rider will be announced in December 2013.

Join the FEI on Facebook & Twitter.

Our signature Twitter hashtags for this series are #HSBC and #Eventing. We encourage you to use them, and if you have space: #HSBC FEI Classics #Eventing

By Kate Green

Media Contacts:

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials:

Bridget Burbidge
Press Officer
bridget@jbpromotions.co.uk
+44 7850 822 820

FEI:

Grania Willis
Director Media Relations
Grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 45

Nicholson Is the Man to Watch at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Andrew Nicholson, pictured here at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2012 with Calico Joe, is all set for this year’s edition (5-8 September), which will be the last leg of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series. (Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI).

Lausanne (SUI), 4 September 2013 – World number one Andrew Nicholson (NZL) will be the rider in the spotlight at this weekend’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) on 5-8 September, the last leg of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series.

The runaway leader of the current HSBC FEI Classics series followed victory at Burghley 2012 with a remarkable run of three more CCI4* wins (at Pau, Kentucky and Luhmühlen), and few would bet against this superb horseman extending his winning run to include a fourth trophy at the beautiful Lincolnshire venue.

Nicholson, also the leader of the HSBC Rider Rankings, is the only competitor with three rides: he has last year’s winner, the attractive grey Avebury, plus Pau winner Nereo and the racing-bred Irish Thoroughbred Calico Joe, a strong galloping horse with good CCI4* form.

His perennial rival William Fox-Pitt (GBR), second on the HSBC FEI Classics leader board and also lying second in the HSBC Rankings, has two chances to extend his remarkable Burghley record to a historic seventh win. Fresh from his individual bronze medal success at the HSBC FEI European Championships in Malmö (SWE), he rides the 2011 winner Parklane Hawk, a quality New Zealand Thoroughbred, and the classy Selle Francais Neuf des Coeurs.

There’s more to this fascinating competition than the old Nicholson/Fox-Pitt rivalry, however. At Badminton in May, both riders were quietly trumped by Jock Paget (NZL), who is breathing down Fox-Pitt’s neck in third place on the HSBC FEI Classics leader board. The stylish Kiwi brings his two best horses, Badminton winner Clifton Promise plus the equally talented Clifton Lush, and he could easily join the elite band of riders who have won both of Britain’s CCI4*s in the same 12 months.

Much interest will surround the Burghley début of Ingrid Klimke (GER), the newly crowned European team gold and individual silver medallist. She rides the 16-year-old FRH Butts Abraxxas, her partner in the last six team championships, and if they can show improved form in the final Jumping phase, they could take the top prize.

Klimke’s team mate, Andreas Dibowski, reunited with his top horse FRH Butts Leon, has winning credentials too, and if all goes right for Bettina Hoy with the enigmatic but talented Lanfranco, 10th last year, the German national anthem could ring out over Burghley for the first time in its 52-year history.

Other notable newcomers to Burghley are Paget’s friend and trainer Kevin McNab (AUS) with Clifton Pinot, fifth at Luhmühlen this year, Canadian Rebecca Howard with Riddle Master, 12th at Badminton, and Astier Nicolas, winner of a European team bronze for France in Malmö on Sunday. The 23-year-old Frenchman rides one of the youngest horses in the field, the nine-year-old “flying pony” Quickly Du Buguet.

Aside from the ever-reliable Fox-Pitt, British hopes also rest with the 2009 winner Oliver Townend, this time on the former Nicholson ride Armada, fourth last year; the 2003 victor Pippa Funnell, on the magnificent Redesigned; and Kristina Cook on the up-and-coming De Novo News.

Contenders for the HSBC Training Bursary, worth $1,000 to the highest-placed CCI4* newcomer, include Britons Matt Heath and Alex Postolowsky, as well as Wills Goodhew and Sophie Jenman, who are both just 21 years old.

Burghley’s undulating parkland always offers a true Cross Country challenge, but this year Course Designer Captain Mark Phillips has kept everyone guessing as he has re-routed the track. It starts in the opposite direction to last year, which means the arena fences, including Lord Burghley’s Hurdles, come early; the influential Discovery Valley (fence 5) asks a completely different question, and the famous drop at the Classics Leaf Pit is at fence 7.

Over 70 horses representing 11 nations will trot-up in front of the Ground Jury at the first horse inspection this afternoon. The Dressage phase, which opens what promises to be a thrilling competition, starts at 9am tomorrow.

Follow the action on www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

View full standings: www.fei.org/fei/sponsors/hsbc-and-fei/fei-classics.

Download the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 press kit: www.feipresskits.org.

HSBC’s Training Bursary

At the centre of HSBC’s sponsorship is a commitment to the development of the sport of Eventing at every level. As part of its support of the HSBC FEI Classics, HSBC has introduced a Training Bursary. This is a unique award which is presented to the highest placed rider never to have previously completed a 4-star level event. The winning rider receives a training voucher to the value of US $1,000 to be spent on sessions with a trainer of the athlete’s choice approved by the FEI and National Federation.

HSBC, the platinum partner of the FEI and global sponsor of Eventing, has supported the HSBC FEI Classics series, which unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit, since 2008.

In our HSBC FEI Hub, you can access the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 series standings, HSBC Rankings and all news relating to the current and past series.

Prize money

The HSBC FEI Classics prize fund is the largest on offer in the sport of Eventing on an annual basis. At the end of the HSBC FEI Classics 2012/2013 season, the five riders with the highest number of points collected across the six HSBC FEI Classics events will share a total prize fund of US$333,000 split as follows: 1st – US$150,000 (Series Champion); 2nd – US$75,000; 3rd – US$50,000; 4th – US$33,000; 5th – US$25,000.

HSBC Rankings

The rider at the top of the HSBC Rankings at the end of the 2013 Eventing season will receive a US $50,000 bonus. The winning rider will be announced in December 2013.

Join the FEI on Facebook & Twitter.

Our signature twitter hashtags for this series are #HSBC and #Eventing. We encourage you to use them, and if you have space: #HSBC FEI Classics #Eventing

By Kate Green

Media Contacts:

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials:

Bridget Jennings, Press Officer
burghleypress@jbpromotions.co.uk
+447850 822820
+441458 250200

FEI Media Contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Media Relations
Grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 45

Halpin and Springer Produce Top Ten Finishes at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville (Shannon Brinkman)

Stamford, England – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team showed that the future is bright claiming two spots within the top ten at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Sunday proved to be an influential day of Show Jumping as the leaderboard saw a huge shake-up from top to bottom. Sinead Halpin and Allison Springer put a summer’s worth of training in England, thanks to Land Rover Competition and Training Grants, to the test producing classy efforts throughout the week to claim second and sixth places respectively.

Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) entered Burghley’s main arena as the overnight leader with Carriag LLC’s Manoir De Carneville but three unfortunate rails left them in runner-up position. The 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding collected twelve faults after lowering the oxer at three, the third element of the triple and the out of the double to finish on a score of 48.3.

“He warmed up beautifully and certainly was a bit tired but I feel like we were as prepared as we could have been going into that situation,” said Halpin following her round. “So it was disappointing but I’m still proud of him.”

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Halpin Maintains Lead at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with Impressive Clear Cross Country

Sinead Halpin and Manior De Carneville (Shannon Brinkman)

Stamford, England – On a day when quick clear rounds were at a premium, Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) proved that she is amongst the best in the sport as she maintained her dressage lead at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Halpin is competing at the historic event on a Land Rover Training and Competition Grant and has spent the summer honing her skills in England as part of the program.

Captain Mark Phillip’s demanding cross country track caught out many of the top names in the sport but proved to be no issue for Halpin and Carraig, LLC’s Manior de Carneville. The classy 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding easily cruised around finishing with one of only four double clear rounds.

Halpin was immensely proud of the gelding who is making a return trip to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials after having come 15th in 2011. She also believes his natural way of going was essential to her making the time on Saturday.

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Strong Performances from US Riders in the Dressage Phase at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville sit in first place with a score of 36.3. (StockImageServices.com)

Stamford, England – The U.S. riders made a bold statement after the first two days of dressage at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials slotting three riders into the top 15. The three Land Rover Competition and Training Grant recipients who have spent the summer training and competing in England produced top tier results in the first phase. Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Allison Springer (Upperville, VA) hold the top two spots amongst the field of 85 following the dressage phase after performing stellar tests on eventing’s hallowed ground.

Grant recipient Halpin and Carraig, LLC’s 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Manior de Carneville, produced a personal best test scoring an impressive 36.3 to lead the field by nearly four points. The pair performed a beautiful, consistent test highlighted by quality trot work and lovely flying changes.

“I was just hoping to go in and ride the horse I have been riding at home. He has been exceptional at home and I have had to become more of a competitor in the arena and really take the work to the arena, so it just feels nice that it came out today,” Halpin commented on her test. “He just felt good from the minute he went in there and it’s nice to go in there and feel that you’re on that horse and just take advantage.”

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Three Competition and Training Grant Recipients Lead U.S. Contingent at Burghley Horse Trials

Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville at the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (StockImageServices.com)

Stamford, England – The United States will be represented by six talented combinations at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, August 30 – September 2. A total of 85 riders from 10 nations are slated to contest one of the toughest CCI4*s in the world. Three of the U.S. entries have benefitted from Land Rover Competition and Training Grants, spending the summer training and competing in England. Will Faudree, Sinead Halpin, and Allison Springer were all named to USEF Short List for the U.S. Eventing Team in June and have spent the last three months honing their skills in England.

Faudree (Hoffman, NC) heads to Burghley with Jennifer Mosing’s talented 11-year-old Irish Thoroughbred mare Andromaque. The pair collected second-place honors in the CIC3* at the Volvo Bromont Three-Day Event before travelling to England. They then went head-to-head with many of the best in Europe at the Barbury Castle International CIC3* cruising to another top ten finish.

Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Carraig, LLC’s 12-year-old Selle Francais Manoir de Carneville make a return trip to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials after completing Captain Mark Phillips’ demanding track in 2011 and earning a top 15 result. In August, the pair put their summer of English training to the test at the Hartpury International CCI3* notching an eighth place finish.

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