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Over 3000 flock to top-class horse trials at Burnham Market

20:39 06 April 2012

Piggy French on Wutella competing in the showjumping on day two of the Burnham Market International Horse Trials. Picture: Ian Burt.

Piggy French on Wutella competing in the showjumping on day two of the Burnham Market International Horse Trials. Picture: Ian Burt.

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Over 3000 visitors enjoyed great action at the Burnham Market International Horse Trials on day two.

East Anglian riders enjoyed success in the various classes, some competing against the biggest names in the sport of eventing. Lara Wallace, 15, from Norfolk, took fifth and sixth places in the KBIS ONU18 (Q) Section O, riding Village Prince and Destiny III with total penalty marks of 37.0 and 37.8 respectively.

Jessica Quinlan from Suffolk was not far behind in ninth place on Zinzan Tiger, with 41.9 marks. Casey Parker finished fourth with Chataigne Filice in the Open Novice class, Section N, with a score of 37.0 and Georgie Bell was also fourth in Section L, riding Eldorado II, finishing on 40.3.

Two of eventing’s great names battled it out in Novice Section M, with Lucinda Fredericks on Azarah pipping Nicola Wilson and Sea Lark to first place, with scores of 37.4 and 40.8 respectively.

The Intermediate sections were closely fought, with Matthew Wright taking first place with 30.9 marks riding Olympic Expression. In Section Q, Zara Phillips came sixth with Black Tuxedo with 45.1 penalty marks. This class was won by Austin O’Connor on Hope It, with 29.0 marks.

Later in the day, the international dressage classes were completed on the windswept ridge at the western end of Sussex Farm.

Leading the CIC** Section B is Piggy French with Kiltealy Brief (44.0) and second in this section is Sarah Bulllimore on Lilly Corinne with 44.7 points.

Clayton Fredericks from Australia is leading both Sections C and D in the CIC*** class going in to the final day, with Bendigo III and Walterstown Don. Piggy French and Jakata are lying fourth in Section C, and fourth in Section D is William Fox-Pitt with Parklane Hawk. Alec Lochore, event director and eventing manager at London 2012, said of the second day: “We had a big crowd here today, all of them enjoying top quality sport and a great atmosphere. It is great to see so many young riders competing – some of these riders will be the Olympians of the future. Tomorrow’s competition will be exciting at all levels and I am sure we will see some great sporting action.”

Today is the final day of competition at Burnham Market and the organisers are expecting large crowds to enjoy the spectacle of over 30 potential Olympians from around the world showjumping and competing on the exacting Cross Country course.

Top international showjumping is set to start at 8am, with famous names including Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French and Oliver Townend competing in the main arena from midday onwards.

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