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Halpin and Springer Produce Top Ten Finishes at The Land Rover Burghley
Sinead Halpin and Manoir De Carneville
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September 2, 2012
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Stamford, England - The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team showed that the future
is bright claiming two spots within the top ten at The Land Rover Burghley
Horse Trials. Sunday proved to be an influential day of Show Jumping as the
leaderboard saw a huge shake-up from top to bottom. Sinead Halpin and
Allison Springer put a summer's worth of training in England, thanks to Land
Rover Competition and Training Grants, to the test producing classy efforts
throughout the week to claim second and sixth places respectively.
Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) entered Burghley's main arena as the overnight leader
LLC's Manoir De Carneville but three unfortunate rails left them in
runner-up position. The 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding collected twelve
faults after lowering the oxer at three, the third element of the triple and
the out of the double to finish on a score of 48.3.
"He warmed-up beautifully and certainly was a bit tired but I feel like we
were as prepared as we could have been going into that situation," said
Halpin following her round. "So it was disappointing but I'm still proud of
Despite the day not ending the way she had envisioned, Halpin is still
pleased her performance over the last four days.
"I feel like this has been a fantastic experience, this has been a brilliant
event and I'm so lucky to have this horse. And we'll be back again and again
Halpin's second place finish is the best U.S. result at the prestigious
competition since Stephen Bradley's win with Sassy Reason in 1993.
In the past the Show Jumping phase has proven heartbreaking for Springer
(Upperville, VA) and Arthur but not on Sunday. The pair rose one place from
seventh following the cross country despite two rails finishing on a score
of 57.2. This is the second top ten CCI4* placing in 2012 for Springer and
Carole and William Springer's 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cross gelding
after having come second at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event presented by
Bridgestone in April.
Springer also claimed third place in the HSBC Classics series after her top
finishes in Kentucky and Stamford.
California's Kristi Nunnick finished just outside the top 25 in 26th place
with her 11-year-old Holsteiner mare R-Star. The pair had a single rail on
Sunday to complete their first Burghley on a score of 83.9.
Kate Hicks and Erin Sylvester were also competing for the first time at the
British fixture. They finished in 50th and 52nd riding Belmont and No
New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson collected his third Burghley title after a
four fault effort with Avebury.
Visit The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials website here.
Watch the competition unfold on Burghley TV with video on demand posted
shortly after the completion of each ride at http://burghley.tv/
Follow the 2012 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team here.
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