After a thrilling day of cross country action at Hartpury yesterday, Christopher Burton finished top of the leader board in the Superflex CIC*** for the third year in a row. 2014 very much mirrored last years competition with multiple frangible pins breaking during the 2* (but thankfully horses and riders unhurt because of them) leading to long holds on course and the cross country going on till approaching 8pm. The late prize giving though then had a further sense of Deja vu as the top three in the CIC*** were the same riders who triumphed in 2013. Chris Burton went clear riding a faultless round on Graf Liberty, finishing on his dressage score of 44.2. New Zealander Tim Price was close behind him on the ever improving and impressive Wesko, finishing with 47.7; closely followed by his wife Jonelle Price who scored 48.7 on Classic Moet. Jonelle also won the prize for the rider closest to the optimum time, coming in bang on 6min,22sec.
Top placed Brit was Olympic silver medallist William Fox Pitt on Avoca Alibi, who was penalised by a slow round to end the day on 53.9 but easily achieved the horse’s best international result so far of its career.
In the CCI** Jonathan Paget rode a superb XC clear round on Clifton Signature to stay in first place, despite picking up 0.8 time penalty, on a score of 43.3. Matthew Wright on Shannondale Shinawil went clear inside the time to move up to second place on 45.2 and Alice Dunsdon on Wolf Tone also completed a clear round to finish in third on 45.3. The showjumping today was always going to be a close affair as less than a pole separated the top 5.
During the conclusion of today’s showjumping overnight leader Jonathan Paget – riding last – clipped a pole to finish on 47.2 in third place behind Brook Staples (47.1) and Matthew Wright, who claimed top spot with a final score of 45.2 riding Mrs Jane Philpot’s Shannondale Shinawil.
In the CCI* the top three retained their positions after the cross country round, as Christopher Burton impressed again on Santano II with a clear round, adding nothing to his dressage score of 35.7. Lucy Jackson on Corazon went inside the time to stay in second place on 37.8, followed by Nicolas Touzaint from France, on Tzinga d’Auzay who also went clear and stayed on 40.4.
Having sealed victory in the CIC*** yesterday Chris Burton jumped a super clear round on Santano II in the CCI* so gaving him his second top spot of the weekend with a score of 35.7.
New Zealand’s Lucy Jackson provided the clearest competition also jumping clear to hold on to second place with Corozon. Nicolas Touzaint finished third riding Tzinga d’Auzay meaning that the top three remained unchanged after the cross country and all finished on their dressage scores.
Rosie Scott-Ward, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “This has been an outstanding display of world class eventing right across the whole week. Everyone involved in the horse trials has worked incredibly hard to pull off one of the biggest events on our equine calendar. We hope that all the spectators and competitors all had a great time and we cannot wait to welcome them back next year.”
Due to a Met Office weather warning and flooding of the main international arena the team at Hartpury worked incredibly hard this morning to move all outdoor activities inside at late notice. Hartpury is quite unique in having the facilities to continue competition despite a significant storm outside for which riders were hugely grateful.
Hartpury would like to thank NAF, all the sponsors and everyone involved in putting on such a hugely successful international event.