Germany’s Michael Jung showed his world class by winning the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on his first visit to the event.
Having conquered the rest of the world, the reigning Olympic and European Champion added the title to
his ever growing collection on La Biosthetique Sam FBW following a superb clear round in the show jumping.
Following his win he said: “It’s a really special win. It’s a really famous competition with a high tradition. To ride at Burghley with two horses it is a special moment. We have a really good partnership. He is a very strong horse and I am very happy to have him. He gives me a good feeling and he always tries his best. I like the competition very much and I hope the horses are ready and fit enough so I can come back.”
New Zealander Tim Price had put the pressure on Michael after he jumped clear with Ringwood Sky Boy and with just 1.5 penalties between the pair, the German also had to go clear to grab victory. He said: “Ringwood Sky Boy has been improving in all ways. I’m so thrilled for the horse and the people involved with him – they’ve believed in him, I believed in him and its testament to the hard work, training and preparation because he isn’t natural with the show jumping but he is a good jumper and he is learning to try hard at the right time in the right way.”
It has been an exceptional competition for Australia’s Christopher Burton. Before this year, he had not
seen the end of the cross country course at Burghley. But this year he put in excellent performances with both of his rides to finish third on TS Jamaimo (winner of the British Open at the British Festival of Eventing) – who was 21st after the dressage – and fourth with Haruzac. He said after the show jumping: “For whatever reason I haven’t had a very good run at Burghley. This time to see the finish flags was exciting for me but to have the horses to go well I am delighted.”
Jonelle Price dropped to fifth after a costly rail down in the show jumping, whilst fellow New Zealander Mark Todd finished sixth on Leonardis II. France’s Cedric Lyard completed to finish in seventh with Cadeau Du Roi.
The highest placed British rider at Burghley was Kristina Cook with Star Witness, who finished eighth. The 10 year old gelding was competing at its first four star competition but Kristina was hopeful he would put in a good performance at Burghley. She said: I’m really pleased with him. He is one of the youngest horses here. He is a good jumper but you never know when they go into an arena like that whether they might freeze or have an unlucky pole down. He went in there and made it feel easy. It was a personal best for him in the dressage which has very much been his weakest phase up until now. I’ve always been optimistic about his jumping ability and I wanted to bring him here with the hope he could move up after the dressage phase which is what he has done. He’s a really exciting horse to take to Badminton next year and it puts him on the Olympic list as he has gone so well.”
Australia’s Sam Griffiths finished ninth with Paulank Brockagh of whom he said “She jumped a beautiful show jumping round – she is just a star and tried her heart out.”
William Fox-Pitt rounded out the top ten on Catherine Witt and Carol Gee’s Fernhill Pimms. William said: “I’m delighted with Pimms. He’s been fantastic and its really encouraging. I couldn’t have asked more from him.”
1; Michael Jung (GER), La Biosthetique Sam FBW (40.0)
2; Tim Price (NZL), Ringwood Sky Boy (41.5)
3; Christopher Burton (AUS), TS Jamaimo (45.0)
4; Christopher Burton (AUS), Haruzac (47.6)
5; Jonelle Price (NZL), Classic Moet (48.9)
6; Mark Todd (NZL), Leonardis II (50.5)
7; Cedric Lyard (FRA), Cadeau Du Roi (50.8)
8; Kristina Cook (GBR), Star Witness (52.6)
9; Sam Griffiths (AUS), Paulank Brockagh (57.7)
10; William Fox-Pitt, Fernhill Pimms (58.6)
Photography by HR