Stinger stars as Lud­wig fin­ishes eighth at tri­als

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NOTH­ING could wipe the smile off the face of Lud­wig Sven­ner­stal af­ter the Glouces­ter­shire-based rider cel­e­brated an­other Land Rover Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als com­ple­tion.

Sven­ner­stal and his horse Stinger fin­ished eighth af­ter a dra­matic show jump­ing fi­nale - the 29-year-old’s third com­ple­tion of the pres­ti­gious five-star event and his first on the 12-year-old Swedish warm­blood, hav­ing re­tired on their pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance last year.

And while the com­bi­na­tion were not with­out fault in the fi­nal phase, Sven­ner­stal was more than sat­is­fied with his week’s work as he achieved his bestever Burgh­ley per­for­mance.

“I’m very happy with him,” said Sven­ner­stal, whose pre­vi­ous best fin­ish at the event was ninth on King Bob in 2013.

“Last year we had some dif­fi­cul­ties jump­ing on the last day. He re­ally tried for me and I’m su­per happy with him. It’s a great track, it’s a gal­lop­ing, show jump­ing course, and it’s a big ring. There’s also a lot of peo­ple here which is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“I think it’s been a great week­end for the sport. I’m very happy with the re­sult with Stinger as I came here with the owner and we said our aim was to be top 10.

“We have ended up be­ing top ten and we’re very happy. It’s very nice for her as she bred the horse and it’s a per­for­mance that we can all be very sat­is­fied with.”

Sven­ner­stal was not the only suc­cess­ful fin­isher from Glouces­ter­shire, with Chel­tenham-based Sa­man­tha Liss­ing­ton com­ing 30th with Ricker Ridge Rui on her Burgh­ley de­but.

“It feels so good and I’m just re­ally happy to have done my horse jus­tice and to have fin­ished on a re­ally good note af­ter he per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well yes­ter­day,” she said.

“Fence four just caught me out. In prob­a­bly rode up a lit­tle bit too much for three so I landed a bit open and long, didn’t give my­self enough time for four.

“Those are all the things you learn with ex­pe­ri­ence and next time I can stay a lit­tle pa­tient on the turn to three and I might nail four, but it’s been a fan­tas­tic week for us.”

Becky Wool­ven, who is based near Tet­bury, also com­pleted on her sec­ond Burgh­ley ap­pear­ance, with the 29-yearold fin­ish­ing in 13th on her horse, Dhi Ba­bette K.

“It wasn’t quite the last day I would have liked,” said Wool­ven.

“I just got a bit hooky in there and didn’t ride her pos­i­tively enough so just had a few rails.

“But she has been fan­tas­tic this week­end and I can’t take any­thing away from her.

“Over­all I’m ab­so­lutely chuffed with her and how she’s been, I’m re­ally thrilled.”

Zara Tin­dall, on Class Af­fair, was elim­i­nated af­ter a fall on the cross­coun­try course.

» The multi-award win­ning Land Rover Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als (Septem­ber 5-8) has been es­tab­lished as a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional eques­trian and so­cial event in the Au­tumn Sport­ing Cal­en­dar for over 50 years.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit burgh­ley­horse.co.uk

Zara Tin­dall on Class Af­fair dur­ing the dres­sage stage at the Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als

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