Lexington, Ky - The final day at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire, England, wrapped up the event on Sunday with the show jumping phase of competition. Just two Americans were left in the competition, as Hannah Sue Burnett withdrew Jacqueline Mars' Harbour Pilot due to concern over a minor injury. In consultation with the Team Veterinarian and Chef d'Equipe, it was decided that it was in the best interest of the horse to not contest the final phase, and save him for another day, as a bright future lies ahead for the pair. Meghan O'Donoghue and Pirate were eliminated during the cross country phase.
Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD), a Karen E. Stives High Performance Eventing Grant recipient, and Team Demeter, LLC's RF Demeter were one of just 12 double-clear rounds of the 38 finishers. Little and the 12-year-old Oldenburg mare finished on a three-day score of 96.9 in 20th place.
Allison Springer (Upperville, VA) and Arthur Syndicate, LLC's 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse Cross gelding, Arthur, finished the show jumping course with just eight faults. The pair finished just behind Little and RF Demeter with an overall score 97.6 in 21st place.
New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson and Avebury took home the title with an overall total of 48.1, after just two faults in the show jumping phase. Fellow countryman Jonathan Paget and Clifton Promise jumped an immaculate clear round to finish with an overall score of 55.2 and earn second place, and Australian Sam Griffiths and Happy Times earned third place with an overall total of 57.8.
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