Four Irish entrants for the Burghley horse trials

Fiona and Tomas Grimes' mare Carrowkeel Star was reserve supreme at Clifden Connemara Pony Show
Fiona and Tomas Grimes' mare Carrowkeel Star was reserve supreme at Clifden Connemara Pony Show
Siobhan English

Siobhan English

Four Irish riders are entered for the Burghley Horse Trials, which get underway in England next week. These are confirmed as Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure), Sarah Wardell (Killeenduff Boy), Jim Newsam (Magennis) and Aoife Clark with Vaguely North.

The four-star event comes hot on the heels of the Alltech World Equestrian Games, but nevertheless will still attract a world-class field. Some 100 horses from 11 nations will compete for the substantial £62,000 first prize.

A win for New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson who is entered with both Avebury and Nereo would be particularly popular, especially if attained riding Avebury, as it would make it an unprecedented 'three in a row' for the combination. This has never before been achieved at Burghley.

However, the entry list also includes many past winners, including William Fox-Pitt, who is entered with the experienced trio of Bay My Hero, Chilli Morning and Parkland Hawk.

As always there will be a strong Kiwi presence led by Mark Todd and Oloa. Australia's Andrew Hoy is another former Burghley champion who has recently relocated to nearby Leicestershire.

Meanwhile, popular Badminton winner Australia's Sam Griffiths will be striving to secure his place on the podium in his quest to achieve the Rolex Grand Slam.

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