Photo: Event Rider Masters/Anna Franklin

Australia’s Chris Burton rode Polystar I to victory in the Event Rider Masters in Arville, Belgium, by over eight penalty points.

Technical track

Chris and the 13-year-old Westfalian gelding by Polytraum put in a foot-perfect performance across all three phases to finish on an impressive 23.6 penalties and take leg three of the 2018 Event Rider Masters series. Britain’s Laura Collett continued her great 2018 form, coming second on London 52.

This was the first time London 52 had completed a three-star event and the nine-year-old gelding by Landos made light work of the technical cross-county track. The pair finished just three seconds over the optimum time, and went clear in the showjumping, to finish on a score of 32.3 penalties.

Fastest man in eventing

Living up to his ‘fastest man in eventing’ title, Chris came home two seconds under the optimum time on the cross-country to become only the second person ever to make the tight time in the CIC3* at Arville.

“I’m thrilled, he gave me such a lovely ride in all three phases,” said Chris. “He’s a fast horse and he loves galloping, so I figured there was no point in two of us pulling.”

‘Pure class’

“[I’m] a little speechless after London 52 finishing second in the Event Rider Masters at Arville,” said Laura on her Facebook page. “He has shown pure class and fought so hard round the toughest track he’s ever seen! He had no experience to jump round there but trusted me 110%.”

This great result follows Laura’s second place at Luhmühlen CCI4* with Mr Bass, who was competing in his first four-star.

Australia’s Bill Levett and ERM regular Shannondale Titan were third on 32.3 penalties. The Event Rider Masters now heads to Barbury, Wiltshire (July 7-8).

Don’t miss ERM 2018: Arville when it premieres on Monday July 2 at 9pm EST on Horse & Country TV.