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The sun shone brightly for the first day of the 2012 SPC Holdings Burnham Market International Horse Trials, held at Sussex Farm, a mile west of Burnham Market village.
The event was as busy as ever, with over 300 competitors here for the first day of competition. Over 120 riders competed in the BE100 class, with Norfolk riders doing well. Gill Mason, of Sporle, came 2nd in Section F riding her daughter Katherine’s horse, Greenvale Legacy (31.4 penalty marks), saying afterwards, “I dusted off the cobwebs and came out of retirement to ride at Burnham Market today – Alec has created a lovely course with nothing trappy or nasty. I really enjoyed it.”
Casey Parker came 7th equal in Section F on Wattasteele II (38.5), and Sharon Hunt came 3rd in Section I on Quidams Rubin II (28.4).
Top places in the BE100 Sections E and G went to Tanya Kyle 26.5) and Mark Kyle (29.5) riding Paddys Two for Joy and Hannibal Von Kastanjenhof respectively.
The first phase of some of the international classes saw some tough competition from overseas competitors including Althea Bleekman (NED), Bill Levett (AUS), Renan Guerreriro (BRA) and Julian Stiller (USA),
The British riders, including potential members of the British Olympic team, were also out in force at Burnham Market today. Shaking off a recent illness, Norfolk’s Piggy French put two of her horses through their paces in the CIC*** Dressage competition Section C – Jakata and Livingstone II and – coming 3rd and 5th respectively in Section C with scores of 40.7 and 47 respectively. Piggy is also lying 4th in CIC*** Section D with a score of 48.5 on DHI Topper W.
Lying in first and second places in Section C are Clayton Fredericks (AUS) with 34.6 on Bendigo II and Ruth Edge (GBR) on Two Thyme with a score of 37.5.
In the CIC** Dressage competition Section D, Zara Phillips is in 14th place on Silver Lining V with a score of 60.0.
Alec Lochore, Event Director and Eventing Manager for London 2012, said of the first day’s competition, “Having been conspicuous by my absence over the last four days, I was delighted to come back to Norfolk to find such a dramatic improvement in the conditions. The rain has certainly come at the right time to produce excellent going for the field of world class horses we have seen here. This is a crucial stage in the season to have good going, as there is a long way to go before the Olympic Games and we do not want to be jarring horses at this time.”
Alec continued, “I was glad that all the horses coming from the continent have made it to Burnham Market this weekend – the choppy waters could have prevented the ferries from sailing, so we are lucky to see so many international competitors here. They join a large and significant field of resident international riders with multiple Olympians and World Champions here on site”

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