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NZ eventers eye Burghley redemption

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/08/2016

New Zealand's premier eventers will seek to put their Rio Olympic heartbreak behind them when they contest the Burghley Horse Trials.

Traditionally a happy hunting ground for Kiwis, Sir Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson and Blyth Tait have all won multiple titles at the year's final four-star event in Lincolnshire, England.

Of the last 30 Burghley editions, a New Zealander has won on 13 occasions.

Nicholson is the most prolific with five victories, including three in succession on Avebury. He couldn't make it four in a row last year, having seriously injured his neck in a fall which prevented him from riding for about nine months.

Nicholson also missed selection for the Olympics, where New Zealand's eventing team finished an agonising fourth three weeks ago.

They had a clear shot at a gold medal entering the final-day showjumping phase but veteran Olympian Todd dropped four rails on Leonidas II to plunge them down the leaderboard.

Rio teammates, and married couple, Tim and Jonelle Price are also in action this week, along with Dan Jocelyn and former Burghley winner Caroline Powell.

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