61 Starters At Burghley But Lissa Green Is Out

Michael Jung and Sam at Veterinary inspection
Credit : Burghley Horse Trials

Wednesday 30 August - 22h22 | Lulu Kyriacou

61 Starters At Burghley But Lissa Green Is Out

After the end of the First Horse Inspection yesterday, 61 horse and rider combinations from eight nations made up the start list for the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Sadly Lissa Green, daughter of eventing legends David and Lucinda Green, had to withdraw before the veterinary inspection when Malin Head Clover was found to be lame. This would have been her first attempt at Burghley.  

The Members of the Ground Jury, Martin Plewa, Harry Payne and Katarzyna Konarska, ensured that all horses were fit and ready to compete at this prestigious CCI4* competition. Only one horse was held for re-inspection: Roo Fox’s Fleet Street, before being passed on second presentation.

While last year’s winner, Australia’s Chris Burton is not competing in this year’s event, three-time consecutive winner Andrew Nicholson (NZ) is back following his recent Badminton win and looking to get one step closer to achieving the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew rides Qwanza and Nereo. Strong competition looks set to come from another former winner Caroline Powell (NZ) who has entered Spice Sensation and Onwards and Upwards, Oliver Townend (GB) with Samuel Thomas II and Gallaghmore Class and Sarah Bullimore (GB) with Reve du Roulet.

Former double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd 61yrs (NZ) will be the oldest rider in the field, while first-timer, Wiltshire-based Libby Seed (GB) at 20 years, is the youngest rider entered. International riders include former Burghley winner and Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Germany’s Michael Jung riding La Biosthetique Sam FBW, Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon who is competing at Land Rover Burghley for the first time and Boyd Martin representing the USA on Steady Eddie.

The best-dressed riders were judged by BBC Sport presenter Nicole Brown and sponsor HiHo Silver’s managing director Andrew Ransford. Emily Llewellyn was to ride the guinea pig dressage test in front of the Ground Jury before the first combination, European Championship gold medallist Kristina Cook on Star Witness were scheduled to kick off the competition in the Main Arena tomorrow morning. Live streaming is available Facebook.

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