Tackling the challenging cross-country at Badmninton Horse Trials, through our photographer's lens.
Padraig McCarthy (IRL) riding MR. CHUNKY
Tom McEwen (GBR) riding TOLEDO DE KERSER
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding COOLEY SRS
Micheal Jung (GER) riding LA BIOSTHETHIQUE SAM
Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding ALL STAR B
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding BALLAGHMOR CLASS
Richard Jones (GBR) riding ALFIES CLOVER
Alexander Whewall (GBR) riding CHAKIN'S STAR
Ben Hobday (GBR) riding MULRY'S ERROR
Giovanni Ugolotti (ITA) riding CULTREWIND
Tim Price (NZL) riding RINGWOOD SKY BOY
Simon Grieve (GBR) riding DRUMBILLA METRO
Pippa Funnell (GBR) riding BILLY BEWARE
Virginia Thompson (NZL) riding STAR NOUVEAU
Imogen Murray (GBR) riding IVAR GOODEN
Georgie Strang (GBR) riding COOLEY EARL
James Sommerville (GBR) riding TALENT
Lissa Green (AUS) riding HOLLYFIELD
Tom Crisp (GBR) riding COOLYS LUXURY
Michael Owen (GBR) riding BRADLEY LAW
Tom McEwen (GBR) riding STRIKE SMARTLY
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.
Grit and determination - the rider's facial expressions say it all...
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Tom McEwen (GBR) riding Toledo De Kerser
Ludwig Svennestal (SWE) riding Balham Mist
Caroline Powell (NZL) riding Spice Sensation
Tom Crisp (GBR) riding Cooleys Luxury
Paul Tapner (AUS) riding Bonza King of Rouges
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Samuel Thomas II
Lillian Heard (USA) riding LCC Barnaby
Emma Hyslop-Webb (GBR) riding Pennlands Douglas
Sophie Brown (GBR) riding Wil
Lauren Kieffer (USA) riding Veronica II
Tim Price (NZL) riding Ringwood Sky Boy
Oliver Townend (GBR) riding Ballaghmor Class
Harry Meade (GBR) riding Away Cruising
Piggy French (GBR) riding Vanir Kamira
Simon Grieve (GBR) riding Drumbilla Metro
Louise Harwood (GBR) riding Mr. Potts
Louise Milne Home (GBR) riding King Eider
Tina Cook (GBR) riding Calvino II
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It was a British 1, 2, 3, 4 at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, with Oliver Townend taking the coveted title riding Karyn Shuter, Angela Hislop and Val Ryan’s 10-year-old gelding Ballaghmor Class.
1. Oliver Townend (GBR).
“It’s very, very special,” smiled an emotional Oliver, who last won a four star in 2009 – at Burghley. “We’ve had Ballaghmor Class from the word go and he’s a top class horse. I looked around the collecting ring and I honestly wouldn’t swap him for any other horse in there. It’s been a long time since I said that. It’s the biggest and most difficult four star to win and it means the world to me.”
2. Piggy French (GBR).
“She was fabulous,” said Piggy of Trevor Dickens’ 12-year-old mare. “I came here hoping for a top 10 finish – I’ve not managed to achieve that here before, and have more often eaten the Burghley dirt – so it’s great to be back at this level and up the leader board. Burghley is the toughest four star and it’s always been a dream to do well. What a difference a year makes.”
3. Gemma Tattersall (GBR).
“So close yet so far. A stupid little touch of an upright cost us, but we’re still third at Burghley and he’s an incredible horse who doesn’t owe me anything,” Gemma concluded.
4. Tom McEwen (GBR).
“What a horse, he was magnificent,” said Tom. “It was his third double clear at four star level and he jumped his socks off. I’m so happy with him and excited for the future.”
5. Tim Price (NZL).
New Zealand’s Tim Price filled fifth place riding Ringwood Sky Boy after a fence and a time fault showjumping added five penalties to his overnight score.
“Although we had one down, that was like a clear round for him,” Tim said. “I reckon he’s got a win in him one day, just not today.”
6. Lynn Symansky (USA).
The USA’s Lynn Symansky and Donner picked up four faults to finish sixth, while a clear round showjumping pushed Tina Cook and her second ride Star Witness up the leaderboard from tenth to seventh. She also finished 17th with Calvino II.
7. Tina Cook (GBR).
8. Andrew Nicholson (NZL).
Andrew Nicholson and Nereo clocked up 10 penalties to drop from sixth overnight to eighth, this result meaning that Nereo has now earnt over 3000 British Eventing points, a record, in his illustrious career.
9. Izzy Taylor (GBR).
Izzy Taylor and Trevidden had three fences down moving them from third overnight to eventual ninth, and the USA’s Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie had two poles to finish tenth.
10. Boyd Martin (USA).
Christopher Burton, 34, is the current world number two. He really sprang into the public consciousness with a brilliant trailblazing Cross Country ride at the London Olympic Games in 2012 where he finished 16th on Holstein Park Leilani.
Burton, who is married to fellow rider Rebekah, has been settled in Britain, in Surrey, for five years, notching up several good international placings including third and fourth places at Burghley last year on TS Jamaimo and Haruzac, and second place on Nobilis 18 at Blenheim CCI3*.
This year, he won the CCI3* at Saumur on Santano ll, his ride in the Rio Olympic Games where he led after the Cross Country phase and finished in eventual fifth place with a team bronze medal.
Nobilis 18 is an 11-year-old Hannoverian-bred gelding by Nobre owned by Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend and Chris Burton.
1. Christopher Burton/Nobilis 18 (AUS) 30.2 + 3.2 + 16 = 49.4
2. Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (NZL) 35.2 + 12.0 + 6 = 53.2
3. Jonelle Price/Classic Moet (NZL) 48.5 + 1.6 + 4 = 54.1
4. Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 38.9 + 6.0 + 12 = 56.9
5. Cedric Lyard/Cadeau du Roi (FRA) 46.0 + 13.6 + 0 = 59.6
6. Bettina Hoy/Designer 10 (GER) 34.5 + 19.2 + 8 = 61.7
7. Oliver Townend/Samuel Thomas ll (GBR) 53.4 + 9.6 + 0 = 63.0
8. Caroline Powell/Onwards and Upwards (NZL) 37.8 + 21.6 + 5 = 64.4
9. Sir Mark Todd/NZB Campino (NZL) 42.2 + 16.8 + 8 = 67.0
10. Kristina Cook/Star Witness (GBR) 52.9 + 12.0 + 4 = 68.9
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Wow! Heads up to the Land Rover Bughley Horse Trials 2016 (1st- 4th Sept).
This is certainly an alternative way to familiarise yourself with the XC course designed by Captain Mark Phillips! Two fearless free-runners - Parkour pros Shameem Abbas, 22, and Mason Green, 17, flip, jump, race their way around the 3.5 mile course. It features fences up to 2m wide and 1.45m tall, which the competition's riders will be expected to complete it in around 10 minutes.
The Burghley Horse Trials are always a highlight in the International sporting calendar - a premier equestrian and social event. It attracts the best horses and riders in the world, and this year some fresh from returning from the Rio Olympics.
With three of the first eight riders biting the dust, the 33 fence course across the undulating terrain of the Olympic Equestrian Centre course in Deodoro was influential.
And so it proved to be - a tough day for Team GB.
First to ride, taking on the 'pathfinder' role for the team was Gemma Tattersall and Quicklook V.
"Unfortunately today, for whatever reason, she went very ‘green’. She jumped fence three absolutely enormously and I think that frightened her a bit. She certainly would never want to do anything wrong, but I think she had a bit of a fright.” said Gemma.
Having a second refusal later in the course added 40 penalty points, plus time faults to her dressage score.
The over-night leader, William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning were next to ride. Sadly, they picked up 20 penalty points for a refusal, despite having an otherwise lovely round.
William said, “I had a very good run, it’s just annoying that I went past that third element. It was really unfortunate and my fault entirely. I went too quickly for him and there was no way I could turn so he didn’t do anything wrong. He is a lovely horse and to be riding him around the course is a luxury so I’m sad I have wasted it.”
GB's third combination was Pippa Funnell and Billy The Biz. They were impressive to watch, and flew round the course, but unluckily had a run-out towards the end.
“I'm very proud of him,” commented Pippa, “when I walked that last fence I thought it was really unlucky at that stage of the course; I know other great horses have done it, but when you see a lot of horses struggling, I was a little worried because he’s so special but I'm delighted with him today. I’m just gutted for Yogi, the team and all the connections.”
Finally, towards the end of the day it was the turn of Kitty King and Ceylor L A N to tackle the course. They had a good, positive ride, but they too had a run-out at fence 11.
Kitty commented, “There are a lot of positives to take out of it, and he still did a great job. He jumped really well in the warm-up and felt fantastic and he felt brilliant over the first few [fences]; as soon as he jumped the first two I thought we're going to have a good ride and we did."
All four combinations incurred time faults, and the results as of the end of the XC phase see Team GB lying in eighth place.
Individual placings for Team GB athletes after the cross-country phase; William Fox-Pitt (22), Pippa Funnell (28), Kitty King (34) and Gemma Tattersall (44).
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Australia led the eventing after Christopher Burton rode a fast and clean round on a cross country course full of falls, refusals and time penalties.
Defending champions Germany dropped from first after dressage to fourth in team standings on Monday though Michael Jung, who took home individual gold four years ago, is in second place behind Burton.
"I took a few long routes because this is a difficult course... but he is so fast!" said Burton, 34, one of only three horse and rider pairs to escape penalties.
"I was not expecting this, he has far and above exceeded our expectations," he said of his horse Santano II who had never jumped an elite four-star course before.
Burton's performance helped pull Australia ahead of New Zealand and France. Medals will be awarded on Tuesday after show jumping, the third and final phase of eventing.
Five-time Olympian William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain led after the dressage phase but on Monday missed a tight turn and had a refusal at a brush fence, dropping to 22nd. Fox-Pitt made a miraculous recovery from an ugly fall that had him in a medically induced coma just eight months ago.
Eighteen of 65 horse and rider pairs were eliminated or withdrew on Monday, five with falls on what several riders said was the most difficult course they had ever ridden. Two falls early in the competition caused many teams to adjust their strategies.
"They told me to take it really safe," said Mark Todd, who at 60 is attending his seventh Olympics, after team mate Tim Price fell.
"I thought we were going to make it (within the time allowed) but there were just so many jumps at the end," said Todd, who had two time penalties and finished fourth.
A combination of tight turns through water near the end of the five-kilometer course saw many horses balk, and Olympic veterans Ingrid Klimke of Germany, Australia's Shane Rose and Pippa Funnell of Great Britain all had refusals there.
"It was a lot of run-outs and dramatic things," said course designer Pierre Michelet. "Some were riders we were not expecting."
The U.S. had one rider withdraw and one eliminated, knocking the team into 12th place ahead of Russia, which finished last.
Full Team Results HERE
The world's best horse and rider combinations will jump over giant logs, toucan carvings and a model of the Sambodromo on a French-designed, 5 km cross country course in Rio's Deodoro park early next week.
Eventing, the first of three Olympic equestrian competitions, kicks off on Saturday with individual and team dressage tests. Horses and riders will move on to the cross country course on Monday and medals will be awarded on Aug 9 after the final stadium jumping phase.
The Rio cross country course, designed by France's Pierre Michelet, starts out with a few inviting obstacles before running the horses through a water combination on obstacle four. Michelet said a down-hill combination at obstacle six, involving a tall and narrow brush jump set at an angle, could cause the most problems.
"I like to ask questions with balance," Michelet told journalists during a course walk on Thursday, adding that posing difficult tests early on a course is his signature.
Michael Jung and Sam, London 2012
Germany is out to repeat a team gold from 2012, with individual winner Michael Jung returning. Jung had to switch horses only a week before the animals were due to fly to Rio after his first choice horse got an infection. He will be riding Sam, a 16-year-old London veteran.
The unpredictable sport also forced last-minute switchups for Great Britain, which finished second behind Germany four years ago. The team added Pippa Funnell and her grey mount Billy The Biz on July 22 after another rider's horse was injured.
Funnell, like fellow Olympic medalist William Fox-Pitt, recovered from scary cross country falls over the past year in one of the Games' most dangerous sports.
"We just hope it’s not going to be too hot. The weather is potentially going to be warm, we just hope we are prepared for it," Fox-Pitt told Reuters.