Captain Mark Phillips, the fiance of Britain's Princess Anne, was forced to retire from the Ledyard Horse Trials on Saturday (20 October) when his horse, Maid Marion, suffered an ankle injury during the cross-country event.
Captain Mark Phillips, the fiance of Britain's Princess Anne, was forced to retire from the Ledyard Horse Trials on Saturday (20 October) when his horse, Maid Marion, suffered an ankle injury during the cross-country event. Captain Phillips was in fourth place when he had to retire.
However, another English rider, 22-year-old Sue Hatherly, took first place in the three-day event, that ended on Sunday (October 21).
The captain of the United States' medal winning Equestrian team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Mike Plumb, came second at the end of the competition. He also took third place on another mount. Fourth place went to Mary Gordon-Watson, riding Cornishman, a favourite among English Equestrian fans.
Captain Phillips, who is to marry Princess Anne next month, received a loud ovation from the audience when he joined the ceremonial parade on the last day of the trials. He joined competitors from the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland and France in the parade.
The event's organisers described the course as "demanding". It was the first time in the seven years of the Ledyard Horse Trials that foreign teams had been allowed to compete.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time in its seven-year history, foreign riders took part in the Ledyard Farm Horse Trials in Massachussetts over the week-end. Among the competitors, Captain Mark Phillips, who marries Britain's Princess Anne next month.
Although Captain Phillips had to retire when his horse, Maid Marion, suffered an ankle injury during the Cross-Country event, the British riders had a successful time at the trials, taking first, fourth and sixth places.
Mike Plumb, captain of the medal winning U.S. Olympic team in Munich last year, took second and third places, riding two different horses.
Riders from Canada, France and Ireland also took part in the competition in Hamilton, Massachussetts. Fourth place in the overall competition went to Mary Gordon-Watson, from Dorset, England. Miss Gordon-Watson was riding Cornishman, a popular horse among English show-jumping fans.
But pride of place went to the twenty-two-year-old English rider, Sue Hatherly. Miss Hatherly, riding Harley, came first in a field of over one hundred riders, most of whom were men. At the end of whom were Miss Hatherly said the competition had been "very hot indeed", but added it had been "terrific fun".