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Tuesday, September 04, 2007  •  16:07 GMT

WHAT A PAIR!

British rider Piggy French and Aussie Andrew Hoy joined forces at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to win the Mountain Horse International Pairs Challenge. This competition matches the top 10 GB riders with the top 10 from the rest of the world and the pair with the best score at the end of the event wins.

Piggy and Andrew were leading the Challenge after the cross-country phase on Saturday with four fences in hand. However, Sunday’s showjumping course seemed particularly tricky this year and caught out many of the top riders. In fact, just two went clear in the whole competition. Piggy’s mount Paris had four fences down and Andrew’s Master Monarch toppled two, but it was enough to hang onto their lead and claim the prize of £2,500 between them, plus Mountain Horse SCS3 boots and stirrups.

Second place went to William Fox-Pitt with Ballincoola and his partner Joe Meyer from New Zealand on Black Andy. In third place were Mary King and Rodolphe Scherer (France).

For more details see www.mountainhorse.co.uk