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Sunday, September 07, 2008  •  15:45 GMT


Little Tiger, the diminutive ride of Phoebe Buckley, had the honour of being the highest placed mare to complete The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The grey, by the Thoroughbred Java Tiger bred by Cambridgeshire breeder Val Gingell, won a voucher from the Shropshire based Twemlows Stud for two embryo transfers.

Little Tiger who is known as Frostie already has a yearling by Catherston Liberator who was also bred using embryo transfer. Next year Frostie has been booked to the stallion Classic Primitive for her embryo transfer.

Phoebe and Little Tiger also completed at Badminton this spring but this was her first completion here – the pair was eliminated last year for accumulated cross-country refusals. “She is a star – especially as she is only 15hh standing on her tip toes,” said Phoebe, who is based in Suffolk and also rides in Point-to-points. “After our disaster last year this has really made it up for it.”

Little Tiger was one of just three mares to complete the others were the Irish-bred Star Prospect, also grey, the ride of first timer Sara Squires who finished in 19th place. Bow House Mandalin, another Irish-bred mare by the Irish Sport Horse stallion Furisto completed in 26th place for 20-year-old Oxford student Rachel Gough. All three mares jumped clear cross-country rounds.