Britain's Princess Anne was on Saturday poised to win the European three-day horse trials championships at Burghley, England, after forging ahead on the second phase.
Britain's Princess Anne was on Saturday poised to win the European three-day horse trials championships at Burghley, England, after forging ahead on the second phase. The Princess had held an overnight lead in the first-day Dressage section.
She gave a brilliant display in the speed and endurance section on Saturday, picking up only 18.8 time penalties. Overall she had 60.3 penalties after the event, well in front of another Briton Miss D. West on 'Baccarat' with 88.1 penalties.
The Princess, riding her eight-year-old chestnut gelding 'Doublet' as an individual entry and not as part of the official British team, can afford to knock down two fences in Sunday's final show-jumping test and still win the title.
SYNOPSIS: Britain's show-jumping Princess, 21 year-old Princess Anne, was on Saturday poised to win the European three-day horse-trials championships at Burghley, England, after forging ahead on the second phase. She was overnight leader after the Dressage event, and now was tackling the arduous four-mile cross-country speed and endurance event.
Only two months after undergoing an abdominal operation, the Princess has got quickly back into show-jumping action, her ambition being to ride for Britain in the Olympic games.
In the cross-country event, watched by her parents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, she showed more of the form that has made her a leading international competitor.
Her only anxious moment was at a water jun called the trout hatchery.
'Doublet', her eight-year old chestnut gelding, was bred by the Queen, and given by her to Princess Anne last Christmas. Now, for the second day running 'Doublet' kept the Princess ahead of the opposition. After negotiating these double rails, there was only one jump to go, in the form of a broad crush-barrier.
And she was safely over, to stay well clear of her nearest rival Debbie West, also of Britain, on 'Baccarat'. The Princess collected only 18.8 time penalties over the course.