Powell claims creditable Burghley placing

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KELSO-BASED Olympic bronze medalist Caroline Powell came home 14th in the recent Land Rover Burghley Horse trials, writes Melanie Horne.

It was the only CC1 four-star event to run in the UK this year, following the cancellation of the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials in May due to heavy rain.

Just a few weeks after her medal in the New Zealand eventing team at London, Powell joined up with her dark bay gelding Boston Two Tip, owned by Alan Bell.

The pair were placed 11th after the dressage phase with a score of 44.3 and followed it up with a brave but careful cross-country run.

She picked up 9.2 time faults, leaving her with a score of 53.5 and ninth place after the cross-country phase.

The third day of eventing is always exciting as the riders and horses face the tricky show-jumping phase.

Powell and Boston Two Tip looked fresh when they entered the ring, and started off with confidence, but the horse started to get a little strong and knocked down three poles, picking up 12 penalty points.

There were very few clear rounds in the jumping phase, which is an indication of how testing the whole event turned out to be, and the pair’s final placing was 14th with 65.5 points which still gained a slice of the prize money for the owner.

The overall winner was fellow Kiwi Andrew Nicholson with Avebury, who pipped American rider Sinead Halpin into second place.