Nicholson scoops Land Rover Burghley title

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Nicholson scoops Land Rover Burghley title
Nicholson scoops Land Rover Burghley title

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson claimed his third victory in 17 years in a nail biting climax at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford, Lincs.

Riding Rosemary Barlowe’s 12-year-old Avebury, by the Irish Draught sire Jumbo, Andrew had just one showjumping fence down, while the overnight leader America’s Sinead Halpin on Manoir de Carneville, had a two-fence margin, but to the disbelief of the crowds in the packed stands, this impressive combination hit three rails and finished second.

Avebury, which Andrew sold to a jumping yard as a four-year-old and bought back two years later, was first evented by his partner Wiggy Channer until Andrew "stole him back".

"It’s a few years since I’ve won a CCI4*, but it just shows you have to keep going in this sport," said Andrew. "I’ve had Avebury since he was a foal and there have been days when he’s let me down and days when he probably thought I let him down, so this is very satisfying."

William Fox Pitt’s third place with Parklane Hawk was also good enough to win him a third HSBC FEI Classics™ title, clinching the US$150,000 first prize by a single point in the closest finish since the series began in 2008.

Full results from Burghley