Oliver Townend wins second Burghley title

3rd Sep 2017

It was a British overhaul at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials as Oliver Townend claimed his second Burghley title of his career, heading a British 1, 2, 3 in the final standings. 

The 35 year-old who was part of Great Britain's European gold medal winning team, secured his second CCI4* title with Ballaghmor Class, owned by Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan, finishing ahead of fellow Brits, Piggy French and Gemma Tattersall after a very tense jump off. 

“This is very, very special." Oliver commented. "Such a lot can go wrong with a young horse – and he’s only just learned to do flying changes – but he’s in a different class to anything else I’ve ridden recently.” 

Piggy French jumped clear on Trevor Dickens' mare, Vanir Kamira to move up from fifth after cross country to the runner-up slot.

“Burghley is the toughest four-star in the world and to do well here is a dream!” Piggy French exclaimed.

Gemma Tattersall finished just behind with The Soul Synidcate's and her own, Arctic Soul, and commented: “So close yet so far. A stupid little touch of an upright cost us, but we’re still third at Burghley and he’s an incredible horse who doesn’t owe me anything.” 

Tom McEwen, rose three places on the final day with Toledo de Kerser, owned by Jane Inns, Ali McEwen and himself, to finish fourth - a career best, with a beautifully judged clear round. Tina Cook moved up from 10th to seventh on  Star Witness (owned by B Biddlecombe, S Lawson, N Embiricos, A Gifford and J Chromiak) whilst Izzy Taylor finished ninth on Trevidden, owned by Dr Patricia Turner. 

For the full results click here