Brits lead the field at Burghley

Three British riders sit top of the leaderboard with the one day remaining at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Last week Pippa Funnell, Piggy French and Oliver Townend were all part of the British team which secured a silver medal at the European Eventing Championships.

Olympic medallist Funnell and MGH Grafton Street retained their lead after the cross country, the pair had four time faults but it was enough to sneak into first place by 0.1 points.

French produced the only clear round inside the time which elevated her and Vanir Kamira from equal sixth to second in the standings.

While Townend and Ballaghmor Class complete the top three with just the show jumping to come on the final day.

Funnell, who claimed a bronze medal in the Individual Eventing in at the 2004 Olympic Games, acknowledged she had to work hard during the cross country but was delighted with the outcome.

“I am a bit overwhelmed. It’s a bit of a surreal day because I have no idea what to expect from the horse,” Funnell said.

“I’m absolutely delighted with him and for him to step up to this level but I would say I had to use my experience in a few places.

“I can’t say it was a copybook round, I had to really ride and I will hold my hands up and say it wasn’t pretty.”

After competing together at the European Championships, Funnell was thrilled to see teammate French with her at the top of the leaderboard.

“I think Piggy is one that is proving it time and time again and I know she’s such a fabulous pilot,” Funnell added.

“I know what she is going through at the moment, she is on top of her game and a rider with confidence.”

Sportsbeat 2019