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Sunday, September 02, 2007  •  16:59 GMT

ANGUS AND GROUSE FLY THROUGH FIRST FOUR-STAR

Former British European Pony Team rider Angus Smales has the honour of being the youngest rider to complete this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. It was also the first four-star event for both 20-year-old Angus and his ride Cornsay Grouse.

Angus, who won a Pony Team bronze medal at the 2002 European Championships in Hagen with Cornsay Sam, has always been ‘determined to work with horses’. He stayed on at school for ‘A’ levels before then working at his parent’s livery and training yard in County Durham. In January this year Angus moved south to take a place as stable jockey to British senior team rider Oliver Townend, at his Leicestershire yard bringing Cornsay Grouse with him. The 11-year-old Grouse, who was bred in Scotland and is by the coloured stallion Mr Todd, came to Angus four years ago through his trainer Ian Stark when he was just a novice. “He gave me a really good round,” said Angus who finished in 26th place. “It gave me such a buzz to jump clear round a course like that – the whole thing has been just brilliant.”