Australian Christopher Burton Wins the DHL Prize

“It is a wonderful course, everything went brilliantly for me today and I am very happy. It is only my second time here in Aachen and it is thrilling to win here,” commented Christopher Burton, who rode to victory in the DHL Prize with Underdiscussion. The 31-year-old has been living in UK-Gillingham since 2011 so that he can prepare for the Olympic Games.

He didn’t make his international debut until 2010 and the very same year he participated at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. In 2008 he was awarded the Anna Savage Medal for the best and fairest Australian eventer. He finished the 4,075 metre long course clear in a time of 7.04 minutes which was within the allowed time of 7.07 minutes. His total score was 38.80 minus points. Burton, who is married, rode two horses in the CICO3*:  He ranked first with the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Underdiscussion, a Lantham son, and came tenth with his second horse, the 10-year-old thoroughbred, Haruzac.

The best German rider was Michael Jung who finished second with his highly successful horse, La Biosthetique Sam FBW.  The pair galloped over the finish line in a time of 7.11 minutes, bringing their total score to 40.60 minus points. “I was very satisfied with our performance here. No, I didn’t take any real risks, in fact I took plenty of time for certain obstacles.  The course here in Aachen is super, you can always keep up a nice forward gallop. The crowd are 100 percent behind you, the conditions are excellent. Regarding the Olympic Games, we have still got some work to do. We have all seen that things don’t always go as planned in the dressage. We have got to improve our fitness. I think I have a good chance of being on the team in London, coming second in Aachen means you can take things a little more relaxed. We have a very strong team that is in great form and mentally very strong.”

Ingrid Klimke’s horse Butt’s Abraxxas ran out at one of the water jumps in the ROLEX-Complex. “I drifted to the side slightly before the obstacle. It was simply bad luck. The rest was really easy. As far as London is concerned, we will know more at three o’clock today, when the team is announced. We will have to wait and see. Abraxxi jumped very well yesterday, his dressage test was good, today was unfortunate, but on the whole I was satisfied. He mastered everything really well“.

Germany won the Nations Cup with an overall score of 136.40 minus points, ahead of Great Britain (141.00) and Sweden (176.80).