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Sunday, September 04, 2011  •  16:50 BST

Mary King riding KINGS TEMPTRESS, 3rd place

Mary King riding KINGS TEMPTRESS, 3rd place


The pair of third placed Mary King and Kings Temptress and American rider Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville (15th) won the International Pairs Challenge at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

The pair, first after dressage, dropped to second place at the end of cross-country day, when Andrew Nicholson (Avebury) and Tom McEwen (Dry Old Party) took the lead. However the pair of ladies had fewer faults in the show jumping which put them back at the top of the leader board. It was a first time at Burghley for Sinead (29) from New Jersey who came to international acclaim with a brilliant performance with the Selle Francais Manoir de Carneville (by the Selle Francais Gaub) at Rolex Kentucky this spring where she finished third behind Mary’s two rides – Kings Temptress (1st ) and Fernhill Urco (2nd). “I have had such a crazy experience this weekend,” said Sinead who trained with Karen and David O’Connor. “Eventing is a completely different ball game over here but amazing.”

British rider Zara Phillips who enjoyed a great cross-country ride with High Kingdom to finish in a final 10th place and New Zealander Jonathan Paget and Clifton Lush (5th) took second place. Australian Sam Griffiths and Happy Times (16th) and Clea Phillips and Lead The Way (6th) were third.

The pairs are decided after the first horse inspection; the top 15 ranked British riders are are paired, in reverse order, with the top 15 ‘rest of the world’ riders taken from the FEI rider rankings. Each pairs’ scores are added together and the pair with the lowest number of penalties wins the competition. The winning pair won £2,500.

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