Intermediate riders took centre stage with Oliver Townend, last year’s winner of both of the big three star classes, collecting an armful of prizes. He had a winner in Red Andes Fanfare, runner up spots with Power Drive and Peruising, and a 4th place on Silken Scully.
Camilla Kruger (Zimbabwe), Andrew Hoy (Australia) and Aoife Clark (Ireland) were the remaining Intermediate section winners, making it a truly international affair.
Suffolk young rider Bubby Upton was back in the ribbons, winning the Under 18 novice class on a new ride, Fernhill Rock Star. “It was our first novice together and although I’m still getting to know him, he is gorgeous! He really knows his job and gave me a wonderful ride,” she said.
Tom Jackson and Norway’s Stine Hoff took the last two novice classes of the event.
Piggy French, who originally hails from Norfolk, leads the CIC2* at the end of the dressage phase. Like Bubby she was also riding a new horse, OBOS Cooley. “He’s very exciting, a total showman and a good prospect for the future. It’s impossible not to like him,” said Piggy.
“I always like coming to Burnham Market – I really feel the public support and interest, having been brought up in Norfolk. Tomorrow’s cross country course looks inviting, with some good questions – I’m looking forward to riding it.”
Pippa Funnell remains at the top of the CIC3* table, but with Oliver Townend breathing down her neck there is all to play for tomorrow.