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Friday, 12 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017 Round Up

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Well, what a finish - Andrew Nicholson has won Badminton after attempting a total of 37 times over 33 years, just going to show you what patience & determination really can achieve!

Take a spin through our round up of Badminton Horse Trials 2017 to find out the highlights as all the action unfolded across the five days.

83 combinations set out to the first horse inspection on Wednesday 3rd May 2017, with all moving successfully through to the dressage phase, although sadly Laura Collett & Grand Manoeuvre withdrew before the dressage phase. Watch the full horse inspection for yourself - who would you give awards to for best dressed & best turned out?

Dressage highlights

Dressage on Thursday saw Willa Newton achieve her personal best at four star level, riding Chance Remark, with a score of 46.2. There was a surprise leader overnight - French rider Thibaut Vallette took the number one spot with a score of 38.7 riding Qing Du Briot Ene HN. Just half a penalty behind was last year's Burghley 6th place combination, Bettina Hoy & Designer 10.

Friday wasn't short of action either. Both Karin Donckers & Jonty Evans recorded personal bests, landing them in 4th & 3rd place respectively. Karin & Fletcha Van't Verahof scored 37.3 - a 1.5 mark improvement on her previous best at four star back in 2010 riding Gazelle De La Brasserie CH).

Jonty Evans' emotion was clear as he a achieves a career best of 37.2 - what a feeling!!

Heading into the cross country, Christopher Burton led the field on 32.9, with Ingrid Klimke not far behind on 36.4

Just France's Leroy Pascal & Minos De Petra withdrew following the dressage, ahead of Saturday's cross country phase.

Cross Country highlights

Our first Badminton horse trials post detailed all the changes and new additions to the course for 2017 - give it a read and then follow on below to find out all the action highlights below.

Pathfinder was Lauren Kieffer onboard her first ride, Landmark's Monte Carlo - it was also Lauren's debut at Badminton!! Sadly the combination retired on course at fence 19.

They were following by eventing legend, Mark Todd adding just 2 time penalties, and Alexander Bragg. Alexander is a part time farrier and rode a beautiful forward, positive & rhythmical round to come home with 12.4 time penalties. It left them in 8th place but unfortunately needed to withdraw at the final horse inspection. Watching Alexander was one of my favourite rounds of the day!

Take a minute (literally) to watch the highlights from cross country day!

Unusual to see was a retirement from Nicola Wilson & Annie Clover, as well as a fall for Paul Tapner when he & Bonza King of Rouges disagreed on the striding coming to element C of the main lake combination. Izzy Taylor also had an unusual fall at fence 11 (KBIS Bridge) with KBIS Briarlands Matilda - ironically horse, fence & rider all sponsored by KBIS.

Thoughts & best wishes go to Emily Gilruth & her family who had a fall early on, at fence 3 (Keepers Question) and had to be airlifted to hospital. British Eventing released a statement from Emily's family shortly after the event had finished.

Shanghai Joe, who following a rider fall at PHEV Corral, bolted off course, heading back to the stables. suffered a badly broken scapula, and very tragically had to be euthanased a few day after the event.

30 combinations made it home clear and 19 completed with jumping faults. Just 2 combinations crossed the finishing line within the optimum time (Michael Jung & Tim Price), but there were 14 horses within 30 seconds, and a further 24 within 60 seconds of it.

Cross country day certainly shook up the scoreboards, pushing Ingrid Klimke from 2nd after dressage to overnight leader, Michael Jung jumped from 9th to 2nd, while Ollie Townend moved a HUGE 40 places from 47th to 7th!!

There were also big jumps up the leaderboard from Gemma Tattersall & Arctic Soul, rising to 12th from 67th (55 places!!), as well as Joseph Murphy gaining 57 places, moving from 75th to 18th! It really was a Saturday shake-up!!

Image credit: Kit Houghton

Just two horses were withdrawn before the final horse inspection - Alexander Bragg & Zagreb and Lissa Green & Malin Head Clover.

Showjumping highlights

Sunday saw the showjumping phase - a nail biting show with many a gasp from the crowd.

Who would have thought usually penalty free combinations of Michael Jung & Ingrid Klimke would see 4 and 16 penalties (respectively) to see Andrew Nicholson take the title, jumping a clear round with just 1 time penalty, with Nereo.

It's been 10 years since the last winner of Badminton was female, so a victory for Ingrid Klimke would have been great to see as a girl viewer! There has also only ever been five horses to win Badminton back to back, so a win for Michael & La Biosthetique Sam FBW would also have been good to see in the history books!

Watch the nail-biting afternoon session, finale & prize giving:

Final results

So by now you MUST know Andrew Nicholson & Nereo took the top spot at Badminton Horse Trials 2017 with a final score of 41.4 - just 3.4 penalties added to their dressage score! They were followed in a close second place by Michael Jung on a square 44, showing that their pole in the showjumping was costly as it was the only penalties to be added to their 40 dressage score.

New Zealand's Tim Price came third with Xavier Faer, finishing on 49.2. Amazingly, Tim added just 1 penalty to his dressage score - a time fault in the showjumping.

Rosalind Canter was the best placed Brit in fifth with her rider, Allstar B, adding 9.6 time penalties on cross country day to their 44.9 dressage score. British Olympians, Gemma Tattersall & Tina Cook also finished in the top 10. Gemma & Arctic Soul finished without jumping penalty and just time to add from the cross country on a score of 60.2. Tina Cook also only had time to add from cross country to complete Badminton horse trials 2017 on a score of 63.4

Full results can be see here.

So that's it for another year when Badminton Horse Trials 2018 will return on Wednesday 2nd May to Sunday 6th May. So make sure you've got the date saved!!

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