The bitterly cold weather did not deter the 780 competitors at this spring’s SPC Holdings Burnham Market International Horse Trials – all of whom enjoyed great competition on excellent going. For the majority of riders, this has been their first run this season due to the vagaries of the great British weather.
A hardy crowd of spectators saw riders from New Zealand, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Sweden and Belgium tackling the various courses with much praise for Alec Lochore’s cross country course, which included the SPC Holdings Diamond (fence 24) and EQ Life Sundial sunken road (fence 14) fences – last seen at Greenwich.
The top section at Burnham Market, the CIC*** was won by Stefano Brecciaroli of Italy on Apollo W D Wendy Kurt Hoeve with 42.5 penalties, second was Piggy French with Tinkas Time (44.3) and third also Piggy French on Jakata (46.7). Zara Phillips and High Kingdom were 8th (54.7), William Fox-Pitt and Lionheart were 9th (55.0) and Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover were 11th (55.8).
There was also great action in the CIC** with Kitty King on Persimmon taking first place with 46.1 penalty marks. Caroline Smith came second on her own horse Para Ti (50.8) and Emilie Chandler was third on Coopers Law (51.8). Ludwig Svennerstal of Sweden was fourth with Catania (53.4).
Alec Lochore commented: “I was delighted with the quality of the competition at Burnham Market this weekend. It was great to see so many of the Olympic horses we saw at London 2012 having one of their first runs since last summer.”
The Musketeer team will now be gearing up for The Houghton International, which runs in 8 weeks’ time from 23 – 26 May. Di Wass, event organiser, said “We are expecting good entries for Houghton – the cold weather has affected many events around the country and the riders know that the soil and conditions at Houghton will withstand any extreme weather.”
Full results are available at http://www.bdwp.co.uk/bu1/memindex.html