Stinger stars as Ludwig finishes eighth at trials
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.
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Zara Tindall on Class Affair during the dressage stage at the Burghley Horse Trials