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Saturday, September 05, 2009  •  17:30 BST

Sarah Stretton riding LAZY ACRES SKIP ON

Sarah Stretton riding LAZY ACRES SKIP ON

FIRST TIMERS CELEBRATE

Leicestershire based first timer Ginnie Turnbull was on cloud nine after producing a clean sheet on cross-country day at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The 39-year-old mother and owner of her ride Instant Reaction has waited quite a few years for the chance of a ride round the Lincolnshire four-star course. “I nearly got here in the 90’s – but in hindsight not with a realistic chance of getting round,” said Ginnie, who with her husband Will has a breaking and producing yard of 24 horses. Will broke the now 14-year-old Instant Reaction who is by the Thoroughbred sire Frinton. “He is the only horse we own – I should be so lucky riding him and riding here – I have to enjoy him while it happens. Once we’d got over the Discovery Valley (Fence 6) – where I took the long way – he was absolutely awesome and I had a dream ride,” said Ginnie who was 39th with him at her first Badminton this year.

Twenty-four-year-old Aaron Millar from Exeter in Devon also produced a clear round with his reliable partner Stormstay – another pair that enjoyed a successful four-star debut at Badminton this year. They have improved 43 places on their 72nd place after dressage to end cross-country day in 29th place.

Nicola Malcolm (21), the second youngest competitors and from Glasgow, finished the course with McFly having added 20 penalties for a runout at Fence 6 - one of 28 combinations to add penalties here."I just didn't ride him strongly enough but he made the rest of the course easy and it rode really nicely - when I first came here as a spectator four-years-ago I thought it was unjumpable," said Nicola who has ridden McFly for five years and was a member of the British Young Rider team with him in 2006.

British first timer Sarah Stretton also completed - albeit with 20 penalties for a run out at Fence 9 (The Trout Hatchery).

Mary King’s second ride Kings Temptress is now the highest placed mare in the competition. The homebred mare by the successful eventing sire Primitive Rising is in 14th place – 24 places higher than Jennifer Wooten’s mare The Good Witch and Sara Squire’s part-bred Irish mare Star Prospect in 43rd – the only three mares who go forward to tomorrow’s final horse inspection at 09.00.

Leprince de Bois, the only stallion in the field finished the day in 12th place for German rider Kai Ruder. “The atmosphere with the crowds clapping when you finish here is just the best,” said Kai who was eighth with the stallion at last month’s HSBC FEI World Cup final in Poland. “He has had a good preparation but this is the biggest thing so far for him.” The stallion is by Yarlands Summer Song, a son of the formerly British-based Trakehner Fleetwater Opposition, who competed for France and completed Badminton with Marie-Christine Duroy.