Sunday, September 02, 2007 17:00 GMT
HARRY AND BOBBY IMPRESS WITH A STYLISH PERFORMANCE
For the third year running 24-year-old Harry Meade claimed the prize for the highest placed British ‘Under 25’ rider at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
As well as winning a bespoke riding coat, presented by Dege and Skinner, this year Harry and his regular Burghley partner, Mr and Mrs Richard Lissack’s homebred Midnight Dazzler also scooped the new prize of a saddle presented by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers for the ‘under 25’ rider to complete the cross-country nearest the optimum time.
Harry and ‘Bobby’s’ clear round in a time of 11minutes and 28 seconds was five seconds under the time allowed.
Harry and the 17-year-old British-bred by Catherston Dazzler, also had the honour of being the only British combination to produce a clear round show jumping and impressively were the only combination in the competition to finish on their dressage score. This feat of stylish riding brought them 37 places up the leaderboard, from 45th place on Friday to a final eighth place on Sunday – their best result yet and their fifth consecutive four-star completion.
“I had to work a bit harder this time,” said Harry, the son of former Olympic gold medallist Richard Meade. “We knew from the beginning that we were jumping a difficult course and it took a bit longer for him to settle into a rhythm. But he is a fantastic horse and gave me another fantastic ride. We’ll see how he is after this and as long as he is well we’ll aim and prepare him for Badminton next year.”
Unfortunately for all other young riders Harry still has another season of being eligible for ‘under 25’ prizes to look forward to although the good news for them is it will be his last.