Ludwig Svennerstål på Balham Mist i Gatcombe Park (arkivbild).
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Ludwig i mål i Burghley


Ludwig Svennerstål har genomfört Burghleys fyrstjärniga fälttävlan på Balham Mist. Ekipaget hade tre nedslag i banhoppningen och slutade på 128 straff.

- Jag är en tävlingsmänniska och vill förstås mer men hästen är grön på den här nivån så vi tar det med som en bra erfarenhet, säger Ludwig.

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Det blev brittiskt på alla tre pallplateserna. Oliver Townend som tog ledningen efter terrängen tog segern med knapp marginal, före Piggy French och trean Gemma Tattersall.

Länkar och resultat i Kalendern

Pressinformation från FEI:

Oliver Townend (GBR) takes his second Burghley title with Ballaghmor Class

Oliver Townend (GBR) kept his head in a tense final jumping round at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, last leg of the FEI Classics™, to score his first CCI4* victory for eight years and head a British sweep of the top four places.

He overcame a nerve-racking moment when the 10-year-old Irish Sports Horse Ballaghmor Class crashed through the upright gate but, fortunately for him, the previous pair in the arena, Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Arctic Soul had given him breathing space when they had a fence down.

Oliver Townend:
“This is very, very special. Such a lot can go wrong with a young horse – and he’s only just learned to do flying changes – but he’s in a different class to anything else I’ve ridden recently.”

Tattersall finished third, slipping one place behind Piggy French (GBR), who jumped clear on the mare Vanir Kamira to move up from fifth after cross country to the runner-up slot. It was a particularly triumphant return for French, who has taken a year off from the sport to have a baby.

Piggy French:
“Our jumping round wasn’t that pretty, but who cares! Burghley is the toughest four-star in the world and to do well here is a dream!”

Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Toledo de Kerser rose three places to fourth, a career best, with a beautifully judged clear round and Kristina Cook (GBR), one of the British gold medal team at last month’s FEI European Championships in Strzegom, moved up from 10th to seventh on Star Witness.

Richard Jeffry’s track produced seven clear rounds from the 40 finishers, two of which were with time faults.

New Zealander Tim Price was the highest-placed non-British rider, in fifth on Ringwood Sky Boy. America’s Lynn Symansky was sixth on Donner and Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and the gallant 17-year-old Nereo were eighth with two rails down.

FEI Classics™

Although Michael Jung had retired across country after a rare mistake with La Biosthetique Sam, the German still secured the top prize in the FEI Classics™ following a win at Kentucky and second places at Pau and Badminton.

French rider Maxime Livio, who was not competing at Burghley, remained in second place, counting a win at Pau and a second at Kentucky, and Nicola Wilson (GBR) remained in third with a fourth place at Pau and a second at Lühmuhlen.

“It’s been a brilliant season”, summed up the FEI’s Catrin Norinder, head of the Eventing and Olympic department. “All six events have been thrilling and we’ve seen some fantastic performances from athletes and horses who have portrayed our sport in the very best light.”

Ludwig Svennerstål på Balham Mist hade två stopp i lördagens terräng och halkade nedåt i resultatlistan, där det blev en del omkastningar efter dagen.

Ludwig var besviken efter ritten och menade att det blivit ändringar av hans starttid. Hör en intervju här

Det är brittiskt i topp inför banhoppningen, Oliver Townend leder före Gemma Tattersall.

Ledaren efter dressyren, Mark Todd, blev utesluten efter ett fall och världsettan Michael Jung, som låg trea inför terrängen, utgick.

Pressinformation från FEI:
Oliver Townend (GBR), very last out on the cross country at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, sixth and final leg of the FEI Classics™, produced a superb display of horsemanship on the inexperienced Ballaghmor Class to head a British one-two-three.

Townend, 31, won Badminton and Burghley in 2009 and is the British number one, but has struggled to find a consistently top horse since then. However, the Irish-bred 10-year-old by Courage galloped and jumped easily and looks a star for the future, finishing on a score of 40.6.

Oliver Townend:
"Ballaghmor Class was wild as youngster – everyone’s had a go at falling off him – and he has done lots of things he shouldn’t, but then so have I!"

Ludwig Svennerstål, med i det svenska fälttävlanslaget som tog brons på EM nyligen, rider i helgen fyrstjärnig tävling i klassiska Burghley, Storbritannien.

Efter dressyren har Ludwig Svennerstål på Balham Mist 52,0 straffpoäng. I ledning inför lördagens terräng ligger Mark Todd, Australien, på 36,7 straffpoäng.

Lördag 11.30 (lokal tid) är det dags för terrängen.
Följ med på en guidad tur runt terrängbanan med course designer Capt. Mark Phillips.

Ludwig startar 12.38 (lokal tid).

Ludwig var nöjd med sin ritt, lyssna på en engelsk intervju här (mp3-fil) 

I början av augusti var Ludwig och Balham Mist tvåa i Event Rider Masters i Gatcomb Park. 

Pressinformation från FEI, 2017-09-01:
Nearly 40 years after the legendary Sir Mark Todd (NZL) first rode at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) he is in the lead after dressage with Leonidas ll on a mark of 36.7. In a star-studded line-up, the double Olympic champion heads the USA’s Lauren Kieffer on Veronica ll by just 0.3 of a penalty, with world number one and FEI Classics™ leader Michael Jung now in third on La Biosthetique Sam.

The tall, lean New Zealander, 61, who last triumphed at Burghley in 1999, made an elegant picture on the German-bred 13-year-old, the bay gelding remaining obedient yet lively and light in his paces as well as beautifully supple.

Mark Todd:
”I may have won Burghley five times, but I haven’t won it this century! Finally, this horse is starting to grow up. When I got him as a six-year-old he was so impetuous, but now he knows what he’s meant to do and I’ve got every confidence in him."