Equestrian: NZ riders miss out on Burghley top spot

Andrew Nicholson.
Andrew Nicholson.

New Zealand riders dominated the final leaderboard at the Burghley four star event in England yesterday - but missed out on top spot.

Australian Chris Burton won the prestigious title on Nobilis 18 but gave himself a scare during yesterday's showjumping round by toppling four rails. That cost him 16 points. He had a 13.8 point lead going into the showjumping, courtesy of an outstanding first two days.

However he won with just one rail to spare from veteran New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson on Nereo, who finished 3.8 penalty points back.

Altogether New Zealanders occupied five of the top nine placings. Jonelle Price on Classic Moet took third, one spot above husband Tim Price on Ringwood Sky Boy, who began the day in second place behind Burton but had 12 penalty points in his round.

Former Burghley winners Caroline Powell on Onwards and Upwards, Mark Todd on NZB Campino and Blyth Tait on Bear Necessity V were eighth, ninth and 11th, with Dan Jocelyn on Dassett Cook Touch finishing 13th to round out a strong collective New Zealand display.

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