Lexington, KY – The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team have two cross-country superstars in their midst as both Boyd Martin on Neville Bardos, and Sinead Halpin on Manoir de Carneville looked poised and confident as they galloped through Burghley Park. These pairs represented an inspiring future American Eventing over a course that was deemed a ‘throwback’ as the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.
Halpin (Pottersville, NJ) wasn’t going to be showed too far up by Martin, and Carrig, LLC’s, Manoir de Carneville looked very comfortable jumping around their first Burghley CCI4*. The pair are the current Rolex USEF National CCI4* Champions, a title they scored at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in April. Burghley marks only the second CCI4* for the pair in their meteoric rise to the top of the sport.
Fox-Pitt is also ninth with Neuf Des Couers, Nicholson is fifth with Nereo and a third British veteran, Mary King, also has two horses in the top 10. King was first and second at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone. The winner of that event, King’s Temptress, is fourth at Burghley going into the show jumping on a score of 43.4, within a rail of the lead. If King could pull off a win this weekend, she would add the second part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, meaning that if she won the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials she would take home the Grand Slam prize of $350,000.
It is extraordinarily close with 10 points separating the top 11 horses.
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Article courtesy of Joanie Morris for USEF