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Richard bids for a top three place at Burghley International Horse Trials in September

It’s all systems go for Richard as he prepares his top three day event horse Alfies Clover for the Land Rover Burghley 5* horse trials, 5-8 September. Richard and Alfies Clover had been long listed for this year’s European Championships in Germany to be held at the end of August, so he was waiting for the final team of six riders to be announced last week. As reserve, he and Alfies Clover are free to bag their ticket to Burghley.

Richard Jones and Alfies Clover

The duo are certainly hoping that it is third time lucky after their successful debut in 2017 and their top 10 place last year. The big international event is one of only two 5* horse trials to be held in the UK which sets a serious level of difficulty for horse and rider. Richard and Alfie have been working hard at the dressage basics and have been growing in confidence under the careful eye of wife and top dressage rider Victoria – see them below enjoying a row of three time changes:

The pair have performed well this year so all the groundwork is in place.

About Team Jones

Team Jones is based at Lowlands Farm in Rutland. Richard Jones is emerging as a top international eventer – in the top ten at Burghley and at Blenheim in 2018 – and his wife Victoria is going from strength to strength, building her international dressage career. The team has just finished a cross-country training field to add to their facilities so that training can go on for youngsters and established eventers alike.

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has selected Rutland event rider Richard Jones as one of five event riders for the UK Sport World Class Podium Potential squad for 2019-2021. Team Jones is sponsored by leading horse feeds manufacturers Dodson and Horrell, sports photographers Julie Priestly, artist and photographer Deanne Ward, and IBA International media relations consultancy.

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