Photo Courtesy burghley-horse.co.uk, 2009

Photo Courtesy burghley-horse.co.uk, 2009

Riding the fabulously-named grey gelding Carousel Quest, Townend set his sights on his own quest and followed a steady route from the dressage ring, over hill and dale, and through the timers on the final stadium round to grab first place. Townend called his mount “a class horse” and certainly proved himself once again to be just as classy and capable in the saddle.

After a sharp dressage score of 39.8, Townend went clear over the cross country track and remained clean in the show jumping round, finishing 8.7 points ahead of the remaining competitors. Polly Stockton aboard Westwood Poser came in second, while the highest placed US rider was former Aussie Phillip Dutton on his handy mount Truluck, who finished on 54.5 points.

This year’s Burghley victor is aiming for the Kentucky Three Day Event and the elusive Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, a unique title he could certainly nab due to his win at Badminton earlier this year on another horse, Flint Curtis. Only one other rider has won all three major four-star events, Pippa Funnell, and time will tell if Townend will be able to sucessfully chase this next quest. With a little luck, he and his stellar horses will be able to turn in one more fabulous ride to get the job down.

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