Germany's Michael Jung takes Dressage lead at Burghley

After a morning of dressage the leaderboard on the first day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials leaves Michael Jung (GER) and his horse La Biosthetique Sam in a good position. 

Qwanza and Andrew Nicholson scored 49.6 with Andrew admitting they "fluffed some changes."

Qwanza and Andrew Nicholson scored 49.6 with Andrew admitting they "fluffed some changes."

Though the pair missed a flying change, they still scored a mark of 38.9, giving Micheal a lead of over seven penalties.

"You have to be 100% perfect in all phases to win and this was not our best performance in dressage – but I think the cross country is tough enough to change the result," said Micheal. "Sam is on good form, and a very good horse in all three disciplines."

The dressage certainly wasn't a walk in the park for most riders and a few fluffed their changes, but Harry Meade thought the test was 'good and quite straightforward,' scoring a 53.4 overall.

Oliver Townend's Samuel Thomas achieved 60.8 and Oliver himself admitted that his horse would fair better in the cross-country. 

"He (Samuel Thomas) doesn't like dressage, he's a cross country horse really."

Irish newcomers Claire Abbot and her horse Euro Prince scored an impressive 48.1 on their first time at Burghley and Simon Greive and his 15.3hh horse Drumbilla Metro achieved 51.9.

"I couldn't have asked anymore of him," Simon said.

The leaderboard so far sees Micheal Jung at top with 38.9, Paul Tapner in second place with 46.2 and Tim Price in third with 46.5.

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