Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam have been dislodged from the top of the leaderboard by one of the eight American combinations here at Land Rover Burghley this year. Burghley first timers Lauren Kieffer and Veronica II are now at the head of affairs having posted a score of 37.0.
“I’m thrilled. Veronica is such a professional now, she knows what her job is and when she is on a big stage. She loves to work and wants to be on the trailer when we head off to shows. It’s probably where she is happiest,” said Lauren.
“Her canter work was quite good today, and her walk – we’ve struggled with those in the past. She is such a go-ey mare that it’s sometimes hard to keep it fluid, but this test really suits her and helps her along so I was really happy with her work.”
Jung has dropped one place to second, while Andrew Nicholson and Nereo moved in to third place shortly before the lunch break, with the only other sub-40 score.
“He’s not a fancy dressage type but he’s lovely to ride and gives 100%,” Andrew said of his 2017 Badminton winner. “I can totally rely on him, he just gets better and better – though he doesn’t go like this at home, I don’t ask him to.”
Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul currently lie in fourth place, with Piggy French on Vanir Kamira fifth and another American, Lynn Symansky sixth riding Donner.
The final group of competitors do their dressage tests this afternoon, starting at 1430 with Mark Todd and Leonidas II.