Paul Sims is leading the field after the first session of dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Paul, 31, rode a smooth, accurate test on Joe Chambers’ Glengarnock, to score 46.6.
“It was definitely his best four-star test top date,” said Paul, whose previous top Burghley result was 24th in 2014.
“I’m feeling confident; we’ve been here three times and Glengarnock’s a reliable cross country horse – so long as I don’t make mistakes,” he said.
America’s Elisa Wallace, one of 13 first-timers at Burghley this year, was thrilled with her test aboard the elegant dark brown Australian thoroughbred Simply Priceless, which earned her a mark of 46.8 and currently leaves her in second.
“He can be quite a tense horse and it’s been a huge journey getting him to be expressive and allowing me to ride him in the arena; to develop that trust,” she said. “I honestly wasn’t sure what my score would be, but when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw 46.8 I couldn’t believe it – that’s our best ever four-star test result.”
Ros Canter, the best British first-timer last year, began her 2016 campaign in fine style, posting a score of 47 on Caroline Moore’s Allstar B.
“He’s always good in this phase; he’s got a level head, but we made a couple of mistakes in there this time, which was frustrating,” said Ros, who is currently lying in third. “Being here is just as exciting as last year, even though there are a couple of things I’d like to go back in the arena and do again.”
This afternoon’s dressage session starts at 2pm and features Paul Tapner (Up In The Air), Bettina Hoy (Designer 10), Jonelle Price (Classic Moet) and Pippa Funnell (Second Supreme).
Click here for this morning’s results.