Burghley joy for Fox-Pitt and French

William Fox-Pitt was the winner of this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse trials. He sealed his fourth Burghley win, with Philip Adkins' Parkmore Ed.But Fakenham's Piggy French and Australian Andrew Hoy joined forces to win the Mountain Horse International Pairs Challenge.

William Fox-Pitt was the winner of this year's Land Rover Burghley Horse trials.

He sealed his fourth Burghley win, with Philip Adkins' Parkmore Ed.

But Fakenham's Piggy French and Australian Andrew Hoy joined forces to win the Mountain Horse International Pairs Challenge. This competition matches the top 10 Great Britan riders with the top 10 from the rest of the world and the pair with the best score at the end of the event wins.

French and Hoy were leading the event after the cross-country phase on Saturday with four fences in hand.

However, Sunday's showjumping course seemed particularly tricky this year and caught out many of the top riders. In fact, just two went clear in the whole competition. French's mount, Paris, had four fences down and Hoy's Master Monarch toppled two, but it was enough to hang onto their lead and claim the prize of £2,500 between them, plus Mountain Horse SCS3 boots and stirrups.

The team from the Waveney Harriers Pony Club won the Burghley Express Cafe's Pony Club Team Show Jumping Competition at Burghley last Thursday.

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They were the only team of the 38 to start that finished with three clear rounds.

This prestigious event is one of the highlights of the Pony Club's calendar. Judy Haythornthwaite, assistant district commissioner of the Waveney Harriers Pony Club, is the team co-ordinator and was delighted when their team finished with three clears.

It was a testing course - which the score board testified - and was against teams from around the country but they could not beat the confident and bold Waveney team who all did exceptional rounds.

Haythornthwaite, who selects and nurtures the Waveney's teams, taught these youngsters seven years ago at the Waveney's Saturday Club.

The club is still going strong, teaching children who are off the lead rein but not yet able to cope with a pony club rally.

So Haythornthwaite was especially moved to see the children who she once taught to do the rising trot storm round this testing course.

The team consisted of four girls: Annabelle Block (14) riding Just Because, Katharine Valori (14) riding Windle Amazon, Nikki Websdale (16) riding Sonny Sebastian and Virginia Wells (14) riding Simply Red.

Full details of this event can be found on the Burghley website, www.burghley-horse.co.uk/news/st

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n West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled will be holding a Fun Open Day on Sunday, September 16 at the Magpie Centre, Runcton Holme between King's Lynn and Downham Market on the A10.

There will be a pony parade, ridden demos and a carriage driving demo. The event is open to the public and admittance is free although there will be a charge/donation for parking.

For further details call Mel from the fundraising committee on 01553 774030 or 07717553778.