Day two sees a shake up on the leader board at Burghley

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are in full swing and day two of the dressage phase saw a shake up in the top three of the competition.

Laura Kieffer sits in second with a score of 37.0

Laura Kieffer sits in second with a score of 37.0

Mark Todd and his horse Leonidas II are currently in first place with a score of 36.7, while American rider Laura Kieffer sits in second with 37.0.

Yesterday’s leader, Michael Jung, has been knocked down to third with a score of 38.9 on his horse, La Biosthetique - Sam FBW. 

Five British riders also appear in the top 10, with Tina Cook in fifth, Oliver Townend in sixth and Gemma Tattersall, Piggy French and Olive Craddock taking eighth, ninth and tenth respectively. 

Speaking about Leonidas II after the dressage, Mark Todd said: “He can be quite excitable and fractious in the dressage arena, but I feel this year he’s grown up a lot, and his scores have been getting better and better.

“He went in there and lit up a little but it was good because it gave him that bit of ping in his work. It’s one of the best tests he’s done and I couldn’t pick any obvious mistakes in it.”

Tomorrow will see the cross-country phase of the competition, while the show jumping will finish the event on Sunday. 

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