Thousands see Jock Paget win Burghley Horse Trials

Dressage competition at Burghley Horse Trials.  Jonathan Paget in action. Photo: David Lowndes
Dressage competition at Burghley Horse Trials. Jonathan Paget in action. Photo: David Lowndes
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Thousands of people turned out for The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails at the weekend.

New Zealand rider Jonathan “Jock” Paget claimed overall victory riding Clifton Promise at the event which drew large crowds to the grounds of Burghley House.

Andrew Nicholson finished second and third on last year’s winner Avebury and Nereo respectively, while British rider and six-time winner William Fox-Pitt came fourth riding Parklane Hawk.

The event began with the dressage competition on Thursday and Friday, and continued throughout the weekend with the cross country on Saturday and the showjumping yesterday (Sunday).

Not one of the top 23 riders managed to jump clear around Richard Jeffery’s showjumping track, including the top five who went before Jock. This left him with a comfortable two-fence cushion as he cantered into the arena on a fresh-looking Clifton Promise.

Jock looked like delivering the only clear ride of the afternoon until he tipped the very last fence, adding four penalties to his dressage of score of 37.1 to finish on a total of 41.1.

Jock said: “I knew I had two fences in hand going into the arena. Promise knows his job and was jumping well in the warm-up, so I drew a lot of confidence from that and was quite calm. If I’d have had two fences down early on you would have seen me kicking and flapping a lot more.”

Visitors were also able to browse around a number of pavilions and marquees which brought together a range of local independent and national companies, selling an array of products.