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    Britain's Princess Anne won the European three-day Horse Trial Championships at Burghley on Sunday (5 Sept), riding her eight-year-old gelding "Doublet".

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    Britain's Princess Anne won the European three-day Horse Trial Championships at Burghley on Sunday (5 Sept), riding her eight-year-old gelding "Doublet". In front of a crowd of more than 20,000.... which included her parents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.... Princess Anne scored a clear-cut victory with a fine display of riding. The 21-year-old Princess had led the large field of entrants after two days of dressage, speed, and endurance tests and had only the final show-jumping phase to complete well to be assured of overall 1st place. At the end of the event, Queen Elizabeth presented her daughter with the Raleigh Trophy, 250 pounds sterling in prize money, and the European Championship Gold Medal. Princess Anne's clear victory has raised speculation that she may be a leading contender for a place in Britain's three-day event team at next year's Munich Olympic Games.

    SYNOPSIS: Britain's 21-year-old Princess Anne sets out on Doublet to tackle the last event the 1971 European Three-day Horse Trial Championships....the show-jumping section...at Burghley on Sunday.

    Princess Anne had led a large field of competitors after the first two days' dressage, speed, and endurance tests, an needed a good round in this event to be certain of winning the Championships. Here she urges Doublet on towards the jump and the doubles further on. At this stage no points had been lost by horse and rider.

    A crowd of more than 20,000 watched the event in fine summer weather.

    At the half-way mark Doublet...an eight-year-old whole-bred gelding....was settling into an even stride as he faced three sets down the middle of the course After keeping a little off the first, he picks up over the wall, and jumps well clear over the third.

    The water jump ahead. Earlier this year Doublet landed in the water at Badminton and lost second place in a similar event. This time all is well. Princess Anne hol??? Doublet well off from the final jump to win the event with a round which the course commentator described as" a fantastic performance".

    Queen Elizabeth was delighted with her daughter's performance, as was the large crowd which applauded for several minute The Queen presented Princess Anne with the Raleigh Trophy, 250 pounds in prize money and the European Championship Gold Medal The Princess is thought to have a good chance of representing Britain at the Munich Olympics.

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