Local New Zealand eventers take three of the top six places at Burghley: Tim Price second as Michael Jung wins the title

Written by Diana Dobson.

Tim Price & Ringwood Sky Boy at BurghleyTim Price & Ringwood Sky Boy at BurghleyMildenhall-based New Zealand eventer Tim Price has finished second behind world number one Michael Jung at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (ending Sunday, September 6).

In a nail-biting finish, Price and Ringwood Sky Boy went clear in the crucial show-jumping phase, finishing on 41.5 penalty points, but Jung (Germany), the reigning Olympic and European champion, and La Biosthetique Sam FW were also faultless, taking the title on 40 points.

It was all a little déjà vu for Price, who was second to Jung at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in April, albeit riding a different horse.

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet were unlucky to have four faults in the show-jumping to slip from third to fifth place.   Other locally-based New Zealanders Sir Mark Todd and Leonidas II left everything in place to move up to sixth and Jock Paget and Shady Grey took down a rail to finish in 16th.

Christopher Burton (Australia) finished on a high, taking third and fourth places with his horses TS Jamaimo and Haruzac.

Tim and Ringwood Sky Boy go clearTim and Ringwood Sky Boy go clearBut it was a good day all round for Tim Price, as well as £46,000 pounds as runners-up, his horse won the Worshipful Company of Farriers’ Best Shod Horse Award and a $5,000 bonus prize.

“He has been a horse who has been coming along all the time but never been able to produce it in the ring at this level, so obviously I am delighted with him,” Price said. “It is such a great achievement. We almost got the little fella from Germany . . . next time."

“The horse has excelled in all three phases. I have always said he has a couple of good days in him at this level. He is not going to be one of these out and out champion horses because of the type he is . . . but I do believe in him in all three phases.”

Jonelle Price was philosophical about her fifth place finish: “It was a good round. She jumped really well,” she said of Classic Moet. “Maybe I was a little bit close to the first of the treble . . . but overall, three great phases. Fifth place – I can’t complain.”
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Results - Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (final):
1.  Michael Jung (GER) La Biosthetique Sam FW 40,
2.  Tim Price (NZL) Ringwood Sky Boy 41.5,
3.  Christopher Burton (AUS) TS Jamaimo 45,
4.  Christopher Burton (AUS) Haruzac 47.6,
5.  Jonelle Price (NZL) Classic Moet 48.9,
6.  Sir Mark Todd (NZL) Leonidas II 50.5