Badminton's top 10 finishers, pictured here on Saturday's Cross Country day.
1. Winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton horse Trials 2018, Jonelle Price (NZL) riding Classic Moet
“Being a CCI4* winner is an elite club to join and it’s been something that has eluded me for a while now, so to now join it – especially here at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials – is very, very special,”
2. Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Cooley SRS
“If you’d have told me I’d have two horses in the top five at the end of this week I’d be very, very happy. “I’ve had to fight harder than I’ve fought before and it didn’t always look like I wanted it to look, but both horses have come out of it feeling very good.”
3. Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding Allstar B
“I was a bit nervous going into the showjumping (on Sunday) because he felt quieter than usual in the warm-up and that rattled me, but our round got better and better as we went on.”
4. Gemma Tattersall (GBR) riding Arctic Soul
5. Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
6. Mark Todd (NZL) riding Kiltubrid Rhapsody
7. Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Toledo De Kerser
8. First timer, Padraig McCarthy (IRL) riding Mr Chunky
9. Lauren Kieffer (USA) riding Veronica
10. Michale Jung (GER) riding La Biosthetique-Sam FBW
Full Final Results HERE
With under two weeks to go we're looking forward to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018 getting under way. Below is the the drawn order of this year's riders and horses for the International cross country phase of the event.
The event takes place from Wednesday 2rd May through to Sunday 6th May 2018. Wednesday is the first day of the event - the International competition kicks off with the horse inspection in the afternoon and continues with Dressage on the Thursday and Friday before the thrills and spills of the Cross Country phase on the Saturday. Sunday is the culmination of the competition and is a Show Jumping test over knock down arena jumps.
Drawn Order for the Cross Country
93. Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Strike Smartly
The maximum starting field will actually be 85. There are horses that are still on the wait - list, and others such as the mounts of Oliver Townend and Kristina Cook to be decided... they have 4 and 3 horses entered respectively, but they can only ride a maximum of two.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Mike Tucker at the age of 74. He was for so long the voice of equestrianism on television and at numerous events and shows all over the UK and around the world.
A familiar voice across every major equestrian event, he joined the BBC in 1977 and took over as lead equestrian commentator in 1992.
He retired from broadcasting last year after the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials, having worked at six Olympic Games.
He lived in Gloucestershire and as a former event rider, he rode at Badminton on many occasions, the highlight being second place on General Bugle. He commentated there for over 35 years and was hugely involved in the local farming and hunting communities.
He voiced famous moments including Zara Tindall’s 2006 world title, Britain’s successes at London 2012, as well as Charlotte Dujardin and Nick Skelton claiming gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Fellow presenter Lee McKenzie paid tribute to Tucker on Twitter, saying: “Very sad to hear that Mike Tucker is no longer with us. A stalwart of the equestrian world. Taught me so much. Proud to have worked with him and call him a colleague and a friend.”
Tucker became the chairman of the organising committee of Olympia two years ago, and in a statement the show’s director Simon-Brooks Ward said:
Sir Mark Todd has announced on social media that he has had to say goodbye to 2011 Badminton winner Land Vision.
Land Vision had a colic operation a couple of weeks ago, but after an initial period of successful recovery, complications set in last Saturday.
"Very sadly had to say goodbye to this wonderful horse. Land Vision (Ben) was undoubtably one of the most talented horses I ever rode and to win Badminton for us at his first 4* as a 10 year old was amazing. Due to soundness issues we never got to see just how good he could have been. He has been a fantastic hack for Carolyn (Mark's wife) in his retirement.
"Huge thanks to Sir Peter Vela and NZ Bloodstock for giving me the opportunity to ride him and to all the girls over the years who have been his devoted carers. He was loved by everyone who had anything to do with him. A true gentleman!"
It is no wonder that Sir Mark regards 'Ben' as a super star. It was with him that he acheived an amazing comeback.
After eight years in retirement, training racehorses in New Zealand - (The legendary rider had set his sights on the 2012 Olympic Games...) he and Land Vision won the Badminton trophy three years later in 2011- his fourth victory, more than 30 years after his first.
The win put him firmly back into the Kiwi team reckoning for the Olympic games the following year. He did indeed collect a team bronze medal although sadly without Land Vision whose fragile legs prevented him competing.
The first woman to win the Badminton Horse Trials, Margaret Hough has died, aged 86. Margaret won the title in 1954 with her mare Bambi V.
She died of pneumonia and had lung problems since her childhood. - In fact horseriding had been suggested as a relief to bronchitis by her doctor when she was a girl. Hough was hooked! She remained passionate about horses and equestrianism all her life, continuing to ride until just a few years ago.
Margaret Hough made history in 1954 when she won the Badminton competition.
“It was ground-breaking for a woman to win it,” Peter Gleave
“One or two of the men at the time looked down at women having a go and doing well..."
Bambi was also the second of only three mares to triumph at Badminton. The Irish bred Bambi then continued under Bertie Hill and won team gold at the European Championships in 1953 also at Badminton.
After retirement, Bambi returned to Margaret who bred from her. One of her offspring, Gemsbok, was on the shortlist for the Junior European Championships with Margaret's son, Peter Gleave.
Sheila Willcox , the equestrienne who paved the way for women in the sport of eventing, has died at the age of 81.
Born in 1937, Sheila was a pioneer for women in the sport of eventing, winning multiple European medals and Badminton titles. Starting her career in The Pony Club, she went on to become the top female rider in British eventing, winning her first Badminton in 1957 after finishing in second place the previous year.
Riding High and Mighty, she was then selected for the 1957 European Championships where they won team and individual gold medals before returning to Badminton in 1958 to convincingly win the event again with a 47 penalty advantage.
Sheila Willcox married, becoming Sheila Waddington, and returned to Badminton in 1959 with her new, and inexperienced mount Airs and Graces - who had only competed in his first three day event just six months prior to Badminton. She won the dressage, but had to go slow cross-country due to the ground conditions. However, a rail down in show jumping by fellow competitor David Somerset allowed her to clinch the win. To this day, she is the only rider to have won Badminton three years running.
In the same year High and Mighty also added another team gold to her tally at the European Championships. During this time women were not allowed to compete in the Olympic Games so despite being one of the most decorated riders and accomplished horsewomen of the time she was denied an Olympic appearance.
She went on to coach Team Canada for the 1976 Montreal Games and 1975 Pan Am Games and wrote the first book about the sport, ‘Three Days Running’ in 1958, followed by the ‘The Event Horse’ in 1973.
A Requiem Mass is being held for Willcox at St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham on June 30.
British rider Emily Gilruth is set to leave intensive care after she was injured in a fall at the Badminton Horse Trials.
British Eventing reported that she had suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall at Badminton Horse Trials last weekend.
The 40-year-old, who is based near Malpas in Cheshire, was riding her horse, Topwood Beau when she fell at the third fence - Keepers Question - on the cross-country course.
Emily was airlifted to Bristol's Southmead Hospital. Topwood Beau, a 14-year old gelding was uninjured in the fall.
Badminton horse trials this year was incredibly exciting to follow, with a truly challenging cross country course which made me sweat just watching at home on my sofa! Flying around our mini (by comparison) 90cm course at Eland Lodge on Sunday I was reminded as to why I am so passionate about our sport. Success at any level in eventing requires a partnership between you and your horse built on absolute trust. When you train together every day and experience successes and failures together, you develop a relationship which is something unique and beautiful. It is the trust that our horses place in us that allows us to achieve such feats within our sport.
Archie flew out of the start box last Sunday, but I felt him hesitate for that fraction of a second before the first few fences. Following our recent training session (A Balanced Approach) I was prepared for this and my leg and seat was there to catch, support and guide him meaning I was in a much better place to give him the confidence he needed. Sunday was the first time I have ridden around a cross country course clear and within the time, with the final result being that we were 8 seconds too fast! The course was kind, without too many tricky combinations or skinny fences, but plenty of steps and water combinations to get Archie’s brain in gear. It was a wonderful feeling to know that the recents months of training are finally starting to pay off, and a 6th place birthday frilly to take home didn’t hurt either!
I won’t deny that the more I do the more I want to do, and the more my dreams and aspirations grow. The exhilaration and adrenaline rush of riding cross country is addictive and the evenings after when I’m wallowing in “post-event blues” I find myself plotting our next training session and next outing. Archie and I are now over a year into our relationship and I can feel the difference in his interactions with me. There is a level of understanding and trust there which has taken time to build and grow, but which is vital to us being successful as a pair. Not only that, I am now trusting him too, and really, when you strip everything else away, trust is all you need.
As it says on the tin, this is a personal blog about the journey Archie and I are taking in discovering the world of eventing. Archie is a 6 year old Irish gelding, and I am a 26 year old horse addict. I didn’t grow up in a family with horses, and Archie was the first horse I ever owned, having loaned for over 20 years. I hope that we can show other riders who perhaps don’t feel that they can achieve their dreams, that anything is possible!
Re-published by kind permission of Journey of an Amateur Eventer|Blog
“Such an exciting finish to the competition. Andrew Nicholson has completed Badminton a record-breaking 37 times, but the title had always eluded him. To come back from serious injury and finish at the top of the table here this year is the stuff of fairytales." Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK
1. Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding NEREO
The William Miflin Memorial Trophy ~ To the rider of the horse with no cross-country jumping penalties and closest optimum time: Tim Price & Xavier Faer
4. Mark Todd (NZL) and NZB CAMPINO
"Thank you Badminton Horse Trials for another spectacular sporting occasion. I could not be happier with two double clears from my horses" Mark Todd
5. Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding ALLSTAR B
“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done. The horse is a good jumper which sometimes puts even more pressure on because he deserves to jump a clear round, so it was up to me to put him in the right place, and it’s a relief that it came off.” Rosalind Canter
6. Mark Todd (NZL) riding LEONIDAS II
"4 th (NZB Campino) and 6 th(Leonidas II) is a tad further off the pace than I would have liked but congratulations to Andrew Nicholson for a deserved win and Tim Price for his 3rd!" Mark Todd
7. Gemma Tattersall (GBR) riding ARCTIC SOUL
"Arctic Soul has a heart as big him, tries beyond belief. What an unbelievable horse he is. So so proud of him." Gemma Tattersall
Retraining of Racehorses £1000 ~ The highest placed former racehorse which must have been raced under the rules of a recognised racing authority worldwide: Arctic Soul
8. Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) riding THE DUKE OF CAVAN
Silver Jubilee Plate ~ best Owner/Rider: Yoshiaki Oiwa
9. Ingrid Klimke (GER) HORSEWARE HALE BOB OLD
"Bobby is our hero...A ninth place on English turf. We are thankful for that and still have heart palpitations!" Ingrid Klimke
10. Kristina Cook (GBR) riding BILLY THE RED
Frank Weldon Memorial Trophy ~ Rider of youngest British owned and ridden horse in top12: Kristina Cook & Billy The Red
British eventing rider Emily Gilruth remains in intensive care in Southmead Hospital in Bristol after falling from Topwood Beau at the Badminton Horse Trials at the weekend.
In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon:
"Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.
"She suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) when falling from her horse at the third fence on Saturday. She was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead hospital.
"The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.
"We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead."
Her brother-in-law, Andrew Gilruth, told the Telegraph newspaper:
“With any significant injury it’s going to be about a week before anybody knows but she’s heading in the right direction.
“She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There’s no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don’t know yet…you just have to wait and see how it progresses.”
British Olympic Event rider, Gemma Tattersall responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth's recovery on Facebook:
"Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily...your eventing family are behind you."
We wish her well.