COMPETITION is heating up at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
American rider Sinead Halpin is leading the way on Manoir de Carneville, posting a score of 36.3 today (Friday), while Australian Clayton Fredericks is now in second place on a score of 40.8 with 10-year-old Irish-bred Walterstown Don.
Speaking to the official trials website, Sinead said: “I feel so lucky to be here and have this horse.
“The course is huge but it’s nice to have the advantage of having jumped it before and hopefully we can do it again.”
British Olympic team silver medallist Mary King and her mare Kings Temptress are just one penalty behind in third place.
Mary added: “This is her fourth Burghley and she was very settled and although still improving that was her best test at this level and so I am thrilled.
“She been round here before, she’s capable fit and well – it’s up to me as a rider to do a good job.”
The competition goes on until Sunday and thousands of visitors are expected to pass through Stamford. Drivers have been advised to steer clear of the town centre and avoid using their cars where possible.