Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Paget Storms to the Front at Burghley

Paget Storms to the Front at Burghley

It’s New Zealand on top at the end of the dressage phase at the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials in the UK this morning.

Jock Paget rode a stunner to guide his former race horse and Badminton champ Clifton Promise (owned by Frances Stead) to the front with a 36.7 penalty point test, which included their first 10 at four star level.

Defending champion Andrew Nicholson didn’t disappoint either, with his 41.3 test on Nereo (owned by Libby Sellar). Paget and Clifton Lush (owned by Lucy Allison and Frances Stead) are in fifth equal spot on 42, with Nicholson and Avebury (owned by Mark and Rosemary Barlow) in seventh on 42.3.

Paget and Nicholson are both looking forward to Captain Mark Phillips’ cross country course, which is being described as a true four star by most. But no-one is taking anything for granted.

“There is still a long way to go,” says Paget. “The showjumping can bring a good horse down.”

However, he’s not here for second place.

“I am here to win and it is not about anything other than winning, so I will do what I think is the best thing to help me do that.”

Nicholson is quite content to be just behind the leaders – albeit by less than five penalty points.

“I don’t mind having to chase the couple in front down,” said the world number one. “It is all pretty close and exciting.”

With three horses – all in the top 18 – he’s in for a busy cross country day.
“Hopefully I should be alright (by the time he gets to Nereo, who is his last to go) and hopefully the first two will have gone superbly so I will be feeling confident and very fresh . . . if they have gone badly I may not be so lively but I will be determined either way!”

He says the course has been cleverly designed.

“The last few years have been very big attacking type fences, and this year in the first half, Mark has been clever in trying to slow us down and burn up a lot of energy.”

Nicholson says horses will tire quickly on the undulating ground.

“They are not big hills . . . they are little mounds up and down and around, which is tiring for the horses. It is hard to keep your concentration. Then, when you get to the second half, he opens it all up which is when you suddenly think you can chase the clock down but the horse is tired, so you make more mistakes.”

He says it is a good course but one that has to be ridden right to the end.
“I think all my horses are very capable of going round.”

However, Nereo, with his massive and powerful stride, will not be a fan of the undulations.

“But he has been here before and done other courses like this,” says Nicholson. “He knows he isn’t here just for a feed and a stay away in the stable yard. He knows what he is here for and I am sure he will do his job properly.”

Results -
Jock Paget (NZL) Clifton Promise (owned by Frances Stead) 36.7 penalty points 1, Ingrid Klimke (GER) FRH Butts Abraxxas 39 2, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Nereo (owned by Libby Sellar) 41.3 3, William Fox-Pitt (GBR) Parklane Hawk 41.5 4, Jonathan Paget (NZL) Clifton Lush (owned by Frances Stead and Lucy Allison) and Andreas Dibowski (GER) FRH Butts Leon 42 =5, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Avebury (owned by Mark and Rosemary Barlow) 42.3 7, Jonelle Richards (NZL) The Deputy (owned by Lucy Sangster) 46.2 12, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) Calico Joe and Sir Mark Todd (NZL) Oloa (owned by Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Pip McCarrol) 48.3 =18, Lucy Jackson (NZL) Willy Do (owned by Gillian Greenlees and Jackson) 48.7 =20, Neil Spratt (NZL) Upleadon (owned by Sharon Robbins, Annitta Engel and Spratt) 52 30, Sir Mark Todd (NZL) Ravenstar (owned by team Rutledge Recruitment and Training) 55.5 =41, Jonelle Richards (NZL) Flintstar (owned by Darnelle Hubbard, Tim Price and Mrs K Gray) 58.2 =53.

For full results, head to -


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Arts Festival: An Evening With Richard Dawkins

In a special one-off, New Zealand event at the Michael Fowler Centre, Dawkins will reflect on his eminent career as a scientist, and expand on the themes of inspiration, influence and ideas in his recent memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news