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Sarah Carless reports …
Collett top feature class at Burgham
British rider Laura Collett won the feature CIC3* class at the Owen Pugh Burgham International Horse Trials on Mr Bass.
Laura finished on her dressage score of 39.9 with the a nine-year-old owned by Keith and Louise Scott, Nick and Lyn How and Laura herself, beating Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class by just half a mark. It was a thrilling finish to the 80-runner class – Townend could afford to be two seconds over the time allowed on the cross-country and still win but, in the end, he was three seconds over and had to settle for second. The British team rider also took third place on Cooley SRS on the pair’s final preparation run for the European Eventing Championships in Poland in August. Dressage leaders Kitty King and Vendredi Biats finished fifth behind Flora Harris and Bayano.
It was Collett’s first visit to Northumberland’s only international event, and she said: “It’s been amazing from start to finish. All my three horses have gone really well this weekend and Mr Bass has topped it off. He’s a pleasure to ride. I’ll definitely come back to Burgham. The ground has been perfect, the courses are great – I highly recommend it.”
Constance Copestake, who rides for France but who is based in Lincolnshire, took the Howard Russell CIC2* aboard her own 12-year-old mare Aprobanta. It was the 20-year-olds first CIC2* win. She was second behind New Zealand’s Tim Price (Falco IV) after dressage, but the New Zealander had a refusal across country, handing the win to Copestake.
She said: “My mare has been super all week. The big, galloping cross-country course really suited her – it was well-designed and beautifully built, and rewarded forward riding. This is such a friendly event – I will definitely come back.”
Swedish Olympic rider Ludwig Svennerstal was second on El Kazir SP, and North Yorkshire’s Storm Straker finished third on Well Designed.
Svennerstal then went on to top the AW Jenkinson CIC* riding Ewa Kroom’s nine-year-old mare Fialotta. The pair completed on their dressage score of 38.8. He said: “I’ve only had her six weeks and this is only our fourth competition together. She’s inexperienced but very nice – super-easy and rideable. She’s done very well very quickly.”
Selina Milnes took second place with Morelands Casanova, while Aaron Millar was third on Galopin B.
Event director Martyn Johnson said: “It’s been a fantastic international competition and a brilliant day’s sport. The Owen Pugh CIC3* contained a lot of championship horses and it was great to see such quality at Burgham.”
Alongside the international competition was a host of domestic fixtures. These included qualifiers for the KBIS Young Horse Championships, with Zoe Dawson winning a small Four-Year-Old Class (Section L) with Trent Parcway, and Nicola Wilson topping the Five-Year-Old class (Section I) with Chabadu – it was a second win in a row for the pair, and their fourth of the year.
This was not Wilson’s only victory of the weekend, as the British team rider also headed up three other classes. The first of these came in BE100 Section F with For You (a third win of the season for the combination) whilst she also topped two Novice classes – Sections J and K with All We Need (a fifth win for the 2017 season) and Cooley Conker (a fourth win of the year) respectively.
James Sommerville was another rider to come away from the event with multiple victories. He topped BE90 Open Section L1 with Hanslough Bob and BE100 Section G with Master Ramiro, in what was their second win of the year.
Other section results: Open Intermediate Section D Tim Price, Cekatinka; BE100 Section E Rachael Lupton, Sky Blue Curtis; BE90 Section M Lisa Turnbull, Whinchat; BE100 Open Section H Jason Wood, The Causeway; BE90 Section N Caroline Bateson, Hugo II.