Happy Times, who is owned by Dinah Posford, Juliet Donald and Sam Griffiths, had completed Burghley six times going in to this year’s competition. On his first appearance in 2009 he took Sam to third place, the pair missing 2010 due to selection for the World Equestrian Games.
In 2011 they finished 16th, in 2012 they were 9th, in 2013 12th, and in 2014 they were back in 3rd. Last year was the first time they incurred cross country jumping penalties to finish 27th.
If Happy Times gets through the show jumping finish flags on Sunday he will be the only horse to have seven finishing scores at what is referred to by many riders as ‘the toughest event in the world’.
Such an achievement is a real testament to Sam’s horsemanship, keeping Happy Times fit and sound, year in, year out. In the 2016 competition they currently lie in 2nd place at the lunchtime break on the second day of dressage.
“He’s been a fantastic horse for me and was inducted into the Hall of Fame on the back of his Burghley record. He’s done 12 CCI4*s in his career and really is so special. We know each other inside out and I’d like to think he’s still got another big result in him,” said Sam.
Sir Mark Todd needs no introduction, having already won Burghley five times. He said of his award: “I was really thrilled to receive this, particularly at Land Rover Burghley which is my favourite event.
“I have had a long association with the event and I was delighted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame here. I would like to do as well as I can this weekend, a win would be great.”
Mark and NZB Campino currently lie in 3rd place with 17 combinations still to perform their dressage tests.
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