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Equestrian - Price Handy After Dressage at Burghley

Equestrian - Price Handy After Dressage at Burghley

Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy sit in fifth equal place at the end of the dressage at the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials in the UK.
The combination scored 38.7 penalty points, to sit just behind joint leaders William Fox-Pitt (GBR) on Fernhill Pimms and Michael Jung (GER) on Fischerrocana FST 34.2. It is probably fitting that the two sharing the top spot are the number one and two ranked riders in the world today.

Sir Mark Todd and Leonadis II are the next best placed Kiwis, with their 41.7 effort putting them into 12th spot, while Jonelle Price and Classic Moet scored 44.9 to sit in =19th and Jock Paget aboard Shady Grey 48.3 for 34th.
Tim Price was very happy with Sky Boy’s test.

“He is not a dressage horse by any stretch but he has been so trainable since I have had him,” he said. “He is an established horse at this level now.”
Rather than chase events in the lead up to the prestigious four star trials, Price said it was more about ensuring the horse was feeling well, fit, happy and his body feeling good.

He felt the Captain Mark Phillips-designed course, which is running in the opposite direction to previous years, was going to be tough on everyone.
“No matter how good a horse you are sitting on, a course like this is so demanding that you need to be good and they need to be on form on that day to deliver. I am hoping we can do that tomorrow.”

He was one of many riders who loved the “magic” of Burghley.
“There is something different about this place . . . the terrain, course design and heritage all combine to make it a very special event.”

But once you walked the course, things suddenly get “very serious and real”.
Todd was a little frustrated with Leonadis’ dressage test but still happy.
“At this level you just can’t afford to make any mistakes and there were a couple in the changes,” he said. “For me it is frustrating because he is really good at changes. We always hope we can do better, and there is still a long way to go in the competition.”

Todd, a five time winner of Burghley, feels tonight’s cross country course will be “quite influential”.

“Time is going to be difficult to get and then you have to showjump on Sunday, so there is a long way to go. This (cross country) is a proper four star track. Burghley is Burghley – you go up, you go down and there are lots of questions on the way.”

Paget says he will be guiding his “inexperienced” horse carefully around the horse.

“I will take my time and not stress him too much,” he said. “It is about experience here for him. But he is a very fast horse and a tough horse, so where we can be quick, we will.”

The New Zealand riders, horses and owners are – Jonelle Price on Classic Moet (owned by Trisha Rickards), Sir Mark Todd on Leonidas II (owned by Diane Brunsden, Peter Cattell and Todd), Tim Price on Ringwood Sky Boy (owned by Varenna Allen, Robert Taylor, and Price), Jock Paget on Shady Grey (owned by Lucy Allison, Olivia Berry and Paget).


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