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Zara Tindall takes centre stage at Burnham Market international horse trials



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Horse riding royalty in every sense turned out for three days of competition at Burnham Market international horse trials over the Easter weekend.

World class competitors who had travelled to West Norfolk from all over the country for this popular spring event included The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall.

She was cheered on by her family - husband Mike and their children Mia, Lena and baby Lucas who enjoyed the sunshine, the funfair and watching mum take part in the dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Phoebe Buckley riding BGS Twin Peaks. (56105271)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Phoebe Buckley riding BGS Twin Peaks. (56105271)

Zara was out of the placings. The best she could manage was tenth in the 3* class. She was down at 32nd in the 4* after accumulating penalties on the cross country course and she retired and then withdrew her two earlier rides.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Isabelle Cook riding Mexican Law. (56105356)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Isabelle Cook riding Mexican Law. (56105356)

The king of Burnham, yet again, was Oliver Townend, The world number one and Tokyo team gold medallist, added two more CCI-S 4* wins to his tally – making it a remarkable 15 wins in the headline 4* classes at the event.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily Lochore riding Gullith. (56105272)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily Lochore riding Gullith. (56105272)

In CCI-S 4* Section B, he had an easy win on Dreamliner and also took the runner-up spot with Tregilder. Izzy Taylor and Hartacker completed the top three.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily Lochore riding Gullith. (56105275)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily Lochore riding Gullith. (56105275)

Oliver’s win in CCI-S 4* Section C on Swallow Springs was not quite so easily gained. He won from fellow gold medallist Tom McEwen by just a single second on time - though Tom went on to score a section win on another of his horses.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105278)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105278)

The conclusion of the international classes completed three days of competition, which also included plenty of national class – a highlight of which was a hotly contested advanced section, won by Bubby Upton and Cannavaro.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105342)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105342)

There was drama on Saturday when Caroline March, from Essex, had a nasty fall on the cross-country and after treatment on the course was transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital by air ambulance where she underwent surgery.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105343)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ....Zara Tindall riding Happenstance. (56105343)

Her family later posted thanks to the organisers and medics for their swift and efficient action.

Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Isabelle Cook riding Mexican Law. (56105356)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Isabelle Cook riding Mexican Law. (56105356)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily King riding Imposant. (56105359)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..Emily King riding Imposant. (56105359)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..William Fox-Pitt riding Yes I Can. (56105361)
Burnham Market Horse Trails ..William Fox-Pitt riding Yes I Can. (56105361)


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