5 Sep 2011

Nicholson second at Burghley

10:17 am on 5 September 2011

The New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has claimed second at the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials in the UK, with three New Zealanders finishing in the top five.

Nicholson was second aboard Nereo behind Brit William Fox-Pitt on his New Zealand thoroughbred Parkland Hawk, who collects a record six title after a rain-affected final round.

Nicholson, the World Champs bronze medalist, had two horses in the top five going into the final showjumping phase but three rails on Avebury saw them slip from second to eighth spot, and a lovely clear on Nereo just wasn't enough to edge out Fox-Pitt.

But Nicholson, who has twice won the title before, says while he was disappointed to take rails, he was pleased with both his horses in sticky conditions.

Defending champ Caroline Powell and Lenamore had two rails down in the showjumping to finish fourth, but she also heaped praise on her little grey.

Jonathan Paget, in his first start at Burghley, finished fifth on Clifton Lush, ending the event on their dressage score, and was 12th on his World Champs horse Clifton Promise.

Mark Todd rode Major Milestone to a brilliant clear round to finish in 14th spot, with Clarke Johnstone and Incognito III also going clear to finish in 17th position.