As ever, Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International has attracted riders from across the globe. Eighteen nationalities will be represented, from as far afield as Hong Kong, Brasil, South Africa and Russia, with 800 horses due to compete over the three days.
Oliver Townend, Britain’s leading rider in 2017, will be looking to defend his title in the headline CIC*** class. Townend has claimed victory a remarkable 10 times since 2007 and has this year entered his Burghley winner, Ballaghmor Class.
With Burnham Market the opening leg of the Tri-Star Grand Slam with its £50,000 ‘winner takes all’ bonus he will undoubtedly be aiming for an early lead in the series.
However, with 140 combinations listed in this class, competition will be fierce. Piggy French and Vanir Kamira, who finished second behind Ballaghmor Class at last autumn’s Burghley, are entered, as are Burghley third placed Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul and European bronze medal winners Nicola Wilson and Bulana.
Ones to watch are Laura Collett and Mr Bass, who bagged two CIC***s last season including the penultimate leg of the 2017 Grand Slam, and Kitty King with Vendredi Biats who claimed the final leg last year. Crowd favourite Pippa Funnell has three horses in this class as well as two Advanced class runners.
Tina Cook and Billy The Red could claim a win in the Advanced – this pair finished fourth individually at last summer’s European Championships. Leading the New Zealand charge will be Sir Mark Todd’s Leonidas II and reigning Badminton champion Andrew Nicholson’s Swallow Springs.
The event also hosts a CIC** and domestic classes from BE100 up to Advanced.
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