Christopher Burton: It is “really exciting”, he is “delighted, was 22 when first rode here, came all the way and fell off at an early fence.” It’s not usually a very successful place for him, so he’s very pleased.
Ringwood Sky Boy “has been improving all the time”, he “expected to be in the mix after XC but is delighted to be here now, a testament to the hard work and training and preparation, he is not a natural but he is learning to try hard and to do it at the right time”.
It’s a “really special win, a special competition, a famous competition with a high tradition. A special moment to finish with 2 good healthy horses.”
What does Sam mean to him?
“He is like a good friend, a really good partnership, I learn a lot from him, with me, maybe he learns a little bit also from me.” (which made us all laugh). “He is a very strong horse, he gives me every time a very very good feeling, he always tries to give the best, 100%, in the warm up arena he jumped very well and powerful, concentrating, which gave me a good feeling.”
How is his leg – “It’s good enough. I can’t feel it when riding.”
I asked whether he might have plans to come back next year to defend his title with Sam.
“No plans for next year. I will try to come back… it depends on the horses.”
Someone asked where did Sam come from originally?
“He was born near my place. I got him at just 5 years old.”
Ingrid Klimke, winner of the FEI Classics Series (with Jonelle Price in 3rd and Michael Jung in 2nd.)
What does it mean to her to win?
“It’s very special, the riders don’t plan this, it just goes the way it goes. It is a real honour to have the chance to have the series, to win it, and it’s an extra cheque to put into the sport, into the horses. Thank you for having the series.”
Does she have a preference at this stage of horse for Rio?
“It’s difficult to say at this stage. Escada is exceptional in all 3 phases. Horseware Hale Bob has to prove himself next week.”
SJ course designer Richard Jeffries – “Did it ride as he thought it would?” “People think it looks flat but actually there are a lot of ups and downs in the arena, the time can’t be too tight or horses start going too fast and slipping on the turns.” “Captain Mark Phillips and the Ground Jury walked it with him and did not change anything.”
Elizabeth Inman – Burghley Director, looked very happy. “It has been a fabulous 4 days. We thought the proximity of the Europeans would affect entries but it did not. We hope the riders will come back next year.”