5 Sep 2016

NZ eventers fill minor placings at Burghley

8:11 am on 5 September 2016

New Zealand riders have filled the minor placings at the Burghley Horse Trial in England with Andrew Nicholson second, Jonelle Price third and Tim Price fourth.

Jonelle Price sits in sixth place after her opening dressage session at Burghley.

Jonelle Price finished third at 2016 Burghley Horse Trials Photo: Photosport

Australian Christopher Burton - who won bronze at the Rio Olympics - held on to win despite an error-strewn show jumping finale.

Burton had four fences down and still won, but collected 16 faults and almost lost the £63,000 top prize.

He finished on a score of 49.4 penalties with New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson next in line with 53.2 penalties.

The 34-year-old Australian joked with reporters after the jumping.

"I thought I'd keep it interesting for everyone by making it as close as possible," Burton said.

"He's basically a careful show jumper and he warmed up well, but in the end he got a bit tired and had a few down."

Nicholson, riding Nereo, said with what he's been through, he's very happy with second place.

A five-time winner, Nicholson said after his major injury a year ago, it's good to be back on the merry-go-round.

Jonelle Price said overall she was impressed with the performance from horse Classic Moet.

"I feel like I've been digging myself out of a hole all week," she said.

"I wasn't happy with my dressage, then I took an unplanned long route at the Dairy Farm, but I've managed to claw my way back and this horse makes my life easy.

It is hard to think about what might have been, however at the end of the day it is a top three for Classic Moet - her first at four star level.

"If we keep going in this fashion maybe she can win next year."

The fourth place effort from her husband Tim Price saw him place second in the FEI Classics Series and pick up a $US20,000 prize.

"It is a nice show of consistency in what has been a bit of an inconsistent year," he said.

"And it was nice to do it too without the strength of Wesko involved, so it is the icing on the top."

Fellow New Zealanders Caroline Powell finished eighth, Sir Mark Todd ninth, Blyth Tait 11th and Dan Jocelyn 13th.