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Two Aussie pals vie for pole position

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 19:15

Aussie ‘best mates’, Christopher Burton  and Tim Boland (respectively) head the field in the top CCI*** event at The Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials after the dressage phase finished today.  Christopher leads, on 31.8 penalties riding Under Discussion; just 3.4 penalties ahead of Tim who was last night’s leader, on GV Billy Elliot.

German team gold medallist, Ingrid Klimke lies in third place (on 35.8), with Lucy Wiegersma now lying fourth (38.6). William Fox-Pitt, bidding for his 50th international title, stands not far behind in fifth position on Sea Cookie (39).
‘Underdiscussion is a lovely horse to ride on the flat, he started life as a dressage horse with his co-owner Christine Weal, who then went on to event him. It’s my first year competing at Blenheim and it’s a really beautiful event. The cross country tomorrow is a testing 3 star course and the general feedback I’ve received from other competitors is that it will prove to be tough and demanding.’ commented Christopher.
In the CIC*** British Championship class for 8 and 9 year old horses, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson still leads the field after dressage on Quimbo (35.1 penalties), with Piggy French lying second on West Side (36.3), Bettina Hoy on Designer 10 in third (40.8) and William Fox-Pitt in 4th position (42).
The action continues with cross country and showjumping on both days of the weekend across the two main classes, and a whole host of attractions taking place for all the family.  Tickets  available on the gate.   More  information at