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EQUESTRIAN: Wiltshire eventers gearing up for Burghley
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
AFTER a bumper bank holiday weekend, this week’s eventing entries were rather quieter - perhaps the calm before the Burghley and Blenheim storm?
As previously mentioned, Tom McEwen’s time in the limelight took a turn for the worse when his European Championships ride Diesel was eliminated upon the first inspection.
The ground jury had been unhappy with the horse during the trot up, and he was subsequently unable to take part in any of the three phases. The Badgerstown rider must have been bitterly disappointed after such great preparation.
The Team GB squad finished in sixth place overall.
McEwen heads to Burghley for the weekend alongside his Badminton and Aachen partner Dry Old Party, with whom he is very capable of being competitive.
Paul Tapner is also Burghley bound with his four star partner Kilronan. He was one of the few out competing last weekend and had some good success at Llanmynech with his less experienced horses.
One of the stars was Wickstead Kangaroo, the offspring of Chilli Morning, who William Fox-Pitt rode to win individual bronze in Malmo. Tapner’s four-year-old completed without any jumping or time penalties to earn second place with a dressage of 25.5.
Tapner’s ex racehorse, Counterparty, seems to be really getting the hang of eventing now, producing a slick dressage test good enough to earn a 21 and a double clear for second place in the BE100. Dulverton Mandoline completed the line-up with eighth place in the same section.
Sir Mark Todd had been to Firle Place with three Novice rides.
MK San Cero and NZB Ocean both did themselves proud taking second place in their sections, jumping clear rounds both showjumping and across the country.
Todd’s new ride spoilt the party a little bit though; Cape Town accumulated his fourth elimination in the final phase in his first season of eventing when he had three refusals. His record indicates that cross country wouldn’t be his forte, and unfortunately putting up a multiple Olympic gold medal winning rider didn’t change things.
The comeback kid Laura Collett was in action at Keysoe for one ride; she partnered Cooley Lord Lux to fourth place in his novice section, jumping without fault.
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