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Sunday, September 06, 2009  •  16:23 BST

Angus Smalles receives the prize for rider under 25 to complete from William Skinner, Managing Director of Dege & Skinner

Angus Smalles receives the prize for rider under 25 to complete from William Skinner, Managing Director of Dege & Skinner

ANGUS GAINS HIS WINGS

Angus Smales gained his third Burghley completion and the prize for the highest placed ‘Under 25’ at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Angus who is 23-years-old, moved up 40 places from 73rd position after the first day’s dressage to a final 33rd with his and his father’s Scottish-bred Cornsay Grouse who gave Angus his first Burghley completion two years ago.

Cornsay Grouse was found by former eventer and trainer Ian Stark who re-broke the quirky gelding by the coloured Scottish Sport Horse stallion Mr Todd. “No one was able to stay on him to see if he was any good,” said Angus who took him on at the age of 15. “He is still quirky – but the easiest horse to handle, until you want to clip or ride him. He was like a man possessed in the start box yesterday – he is the terrier of the horse world.” Angus who was based with Oliver Townend now runs his own yard in Leicestershire.