CCI4* Burghley International Horse Trials:
Christopher Burton claimed the Burghley title after finishing on a final total of 49.4 penalties following four days of intense eventing. The Australian came into final day with a score of 33.4 penalties after a solid dressage test and flawless jumping on the cross country course with Nobilis 18 and was on course to finish with the lowest four star score to be recorded in this country. However, the 34 year-old dropped four fences in the final jumping round but this was still enough to take the win.
Oliver Townend finished as the highest placed Brit taking seventh place with Samuel Thomas II, owned by Sue Chadwick after scoring 63 penalties. He also got round with his horse, Dromgurrihy Blue, partly owned by Michael Mcgrath, finishing in 23rd place with a final score of 99.9 penalties.
Kristina Cook also returned to action following her outing in Rio as the traveling reserve for Team GB’s eventing team and following a very strong cross country round on board Star Witness (owned by B Biddlecombe, S Lawson, N Embiricos, A Gifford and J Chromiak) the pair finished in tenth place with a final score of 68.9 penalties.
World Class Podium Potential Athlete, Rosalind Canter was also in action at her fourth four star competition, finishing in 25th place with All Star B but it was in the young horse classes where she enjoyed the most success. In the five year-old class, she took second place with Quite Something after finishing with a total of 87.3 penalties whilst in the four year-old class, Rosalind recorded a second and third place finish, narrowly missing out on first with Shannondale Nadia, scoring 94.3 penalties with the win going to Robyn Gray and Trebor who scored 94.5 penalties.
CSI5* Brussels, Belgium:
At the Brussels Stephex Masters, Ben Maher recorded a top five finish with Jane Forbes Clark’s Aristo Z in Thursday’s 1.50m class after going clear in 62.10 seconds. It was a closely contested top five with the win going to Julien Epaillard and Safari D Auge who jumped c lear in 60.33 seconds.
In the 1.45m class, Michael Whitaker was one of 15 riders to jump clear with Viking, owned by M Braybrooke as they went round in 74.62 seconds but just missed out on a place in the top ten.
CSI3* Humlikon, Switzerland:
In Sunday’s Grand Prix, William Funnell finished top of the leaderboard after going clear in 33.38 seconds with his horse, Billy Congo. They were one of two pairs to jump clear from a class of 46 combinations as the native rider, Werner Muff took second place with HH Fleur after going round in 34.66 seconds, almost one second shy of William’s time.
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CCI stands for Concours Complet International and is an International three day event with the phases taking place in the order of dressage, cross country and showjumping. CIC stands for Concours International Combine and is an international one date event with dressage the first phase and either showjumping or cross country may be the final of the three phases. Competitions are given a star rating (*) in terms of difficulty; the higher the star, the higher the level of training and skill required.
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton and as with dressage, the higher the star rating (*), the more prestigous the show.