Burghley Dressage: William Fox-Pitt Reins In Michael Jung

William Fox-Pitt Reins In German Domination Of The Burghley Dressage
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William Fox-Pitt Reins In German Domination Of The Burghley Dressage

William Fox-Pitt led the fit back against German domination of the podium after dressage equaling Michael Jung’s leading score of 34.2. The leaderboard continued to shift hourly, and by the end of the day half the top 10 had changed with Sam Griffiths taking 3rd place on Happy Times with a score of 36.8.

Sam Griffiths & Happy Times  - 3rd After Dressage On 36.8
Sam Griffiths & Happy Times – 3rd After Dressage On 36.8

 

Paul Tapner & Kilronan - 41.7 (=12th)
Paul Tapner & Kilronan – 41.7 (=12th)

Paul Tapner produced an expressive and well balanced test but the judges didn’t seem as impressed as the crowd and had to settle for a score of 41.7 leaving him outside the top 10 right alongside Mark Todd.

The shake-up continued throughout the afternoon, and Michael Jung slotted his second horse into 7th place by the end of the day.

Last to go was another former Andrew Nicholson ride Armada, now ridden by Oliver Townend who has continued to find plenty of improvement in this notoriously tricky horse. Despite the commentary team asking the crowd to refrain from clapping after the test, Oliver egged them on and the smile on his face said it all as he jumped straight into 5th place on 38.7

Oliver Townend & Armada - 5th After Dressage.
Oliver Townend & Armada – 5th After Dressage.

The Press Conference has just finished and here’s the audio version:

plus a few extra photos:

 

I’ll be back with more later (internet access permitting). Until then here are the important links for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015:

Burghley Entries, Results & Start Times

Burghley Website

Burghley Cross Country Course

Get yourself there if you can!

Dominic
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