Burnham joy for Townend

Oliver Townend came back to Burnham Market to secure a win in the international CIC World Cup qualifier. The big grey 11-year-old gelding Flint Curtis, owned by Edward and Robert Nicholson, had previously won the three-star event at Burnham last year.

Oliver Townend came back to Burnham Market on Saturday to secure a win in the international CIC World Cup qualifier.

The big grey 11-year-old gelding Flint Curtis, owned by Edward and Robert Nicholson, had previously won the three-star event at Burnham last year.

Townend brought him back as he had enjoyed the event so much and he managed to win the big international class in front of a huge crowd on Saturday afternoon.

Townend produced a dressage score of 49.6, which left him in sixth position, but then managed one of only five clear clear rounds in the showjumping and a very quick cross country, with only 2.4 time faults, to make him the overall winner.


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Rodger Howe built the big and quite difficult show jumping course in which only a handful managed to go clear - Townend, Matt Ryan on Bonza Puzzle, who came second with 58.5 points, and Rodney Powell on Langarth Darcy, who was third on 59.1.

Marie Ryan on Penny Royal III (10th) and Chamberlayne Clare on Astronave (17th) also managed to go clear.

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This was not the only win for young Townend, from Leicestershire, part of the World Class Potential Eventing Squad in 2006.

He also won the Intermediate Section on ODT Master Rose, a young seven- year-old gelding owned by Mrs Cynthia Priest and the Open Intermediate Section on Woodhouse Ben, a nine-year- old chestnut gelding jointly owned by Mrs Sue Crowther and himself.

Georgie Davies on Fachoudette from Hertfordshire is a talented young rider who, like Zara Phillips, is a member of the Young Riders Team. She secured a win in the CIC three star section 'R' after gaining an impressive 44.7 in her dressage. She managed to beat Townend, who came in second on Iron Brew with 57.7 points.

Sam York on Skidaddle produced an excellent dressage score of just 22.9 in the Intermediate Section and despite rolling a pole in the show jumping still kept the lead to win this section.

She beat Jade Lazenby on One in a Blue Moon, who came second, and the Australian Bill Levett on Another Time II. Sharon Hunt, lying third after the dressage, had a disappointing show jumping round to knock up eight points and drop down to sixth place on Mrs Parker's horse Charmed.

The cross country course was very big and demanding, especially at jumps four and five which were large hedges and involved a 180 degree left hand turn. However, it was very fair and as Zara Phillips commented after finishing 12th on ToyTown: "It's a long way to come but it's a nice track and I really enjoy competing here."

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