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Friday, September 02, 2011  •  18:41 BST

Simone Deitermann riding FREE EASY NRW (GER)

Simone Deitermann riding FREE EASY NRW (GER)

DEITERMANN FINDS DRESSAGE EASY

Burghley ‘first-timer’ Simone Deitermann (30) with Free Easy NRW is the new leader at the end of dressage at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The German rider from Saerbeck, near Osnabruck literally pipped British rider William Fox-Pitt to the post and has just 0.4pen in-hand.

“At the beginning of the test my horses was very nervous – in England and on grass he always gets a bit nervous – so he made a couple of errors but he did a good job and I am happy to be in the lead,” said Simone. Free Easy has a bit of a dressage pedigree being by leading Westphalian dressage sire Florestan albeit he is out of a Thoroughbred mare and was specifically bred for eventing. “It is my first time here and I had not realised it was all so beautiful. The course is also beautifully presented but it’s difficult – not too technical but there are a lot of big fences. However we need a good result as we need to qualify for the Olympics,” said Simone.

William Fox-Pitt is now second with Parklane Hawk albeit he and Simone were the only ones to gain scores in the 30’s. William also moved into the top ten with his second ride Neuf Des Coeurs.

Mary King and her second ride Kings Temptress deposed Andrew Nicholson from the top three – the New Zealander however remains in fourth with his second ride Nereo narrowly ahead of stable mate Avebury in fifth.

Mary was particularly pleased with the test from her homebred mare, a daughter of Thoroughbred Primitive Rising out of a Louella Inschallah mare. “She is a cool character and has always been consistent in her dressage but up till recently has lacked flair. However now she is more mature and stronger she is able to be more expressive,” said Mary who is looking forward to tomorrow’s cross-country. “Both my two are capable of jumping round and it is up to me to make sure we do a good job. It will be interesting to see how it rides but I think it will be a good course for first-timers as it encourages bold forward riding.”

Others to have a good day in the dressage arena were; last year’s winners Caroline Powell and Lenamore who are in sixth place, British rider Laurence Hunt and Phoebus (9th) while the stallion Chilli Morning also gained an average score of 68.33 for 18th place.

However less than 10 penalties separate the top 20 combinations – the equivalent of just 25 seconds over the optimum time.

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