Badminton Horse Trials

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Wednesday May 4- Sunday, May 8, 2022

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Berry Photography

Laura Collett riding London 52 for Great Britain (GB) were this year’s winners on a score of 21.4. She started in first place after dressage with an amazing score of 21, went double clear on cross country, and had a mere 0.4 time penalties in the show jumping phase to finish with 21.4 penalty points.

Collett and the 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding have made two career 5* starts to date—and won them both with record setting scores. Leading Badminton from start to finish, her score of 21.4 is an all-time Badminton record and is only 0.1 penalty point off their record setting 21.3 score at Pau 2020. Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW held the previous Badminton record of 22.9.

In fact, the top seven placements at this year’s Badminton Horse Trials were all from Great Britain.

In second place was Rosalind Carter on Lordships Graffalo, finishing with just her dressage score of 26.0 – the only rider to do so. She was double clear on both cross country and show jumping phases.

Oliver Townend and Swallow Springs, in second placed going into the show jumping phase, finished in third on a score of 29.7. His dressage score was 25.7, but he added four show jumping penalties. He was double clear on cross country.

In fourth place was Piggy March riding Vanir Kamira on a score of 30.1. Her dressage score was also 25.7, but she incurred 0.4 time penalties on cross country and four show jumping penalties, to add up to 30.1.

Oliver Townend also finished in fifth place on Ballaghmor Class, in third place going into show jumping. He began with a dressage score of 25.9, had zero cross country penalties, but four show jumping penalties and 0.4 time penalties to total 30.3.

Cross Country

Collett had a fast, confident ride with London 52, finishing the day on their dressage score, still in first place. Eric Winter’s cross country course was the biggest, most intense course he has ever seen,” she said.

Oliver Townend and Swallow Springs moved from sixth place up to second after a quick clean round, and Townend’s second ride, Ballaghmore Class, moved into third place. Townend said the track “felt like a five-star should feel. The class horses made it look easy, and I felt the balance was right.”

Rosalind Canter and her 10-year-old Lordships Graffalo moved from tenth to fourth and on her second horse Allstar B, moved from twelfth to sixth. The Americans moved around the scoreboard; Tamra Smith and Mai Baum had an accurate but slightly slow ride, dropping her to fifteenth.

Philip Dutton and Z had a bit of a hairy moment at the Vicarage Vee, but moved up 14 places to 25th position. Ariel Grald and Leamore Master moved up 30 places and to sit in 24th, and Emily Hamel and Corvette moved up 19 positions. Mike Winter (CAN) and El Mundo moved from 51st to 57th place.

The course was not without its pitfalls. Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser, who stood second after dressage, fell at the second element of the Lightsource bp Solar Farm bounce ramps at Fence 24ABCD.

Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby were clear until Fence 26AB, the Mars M, where they were eliminated with a “fall on flat.”

Canadian Karl Slezak retired Fernhill Wishes (CAN) at Fence 14ABC, the KBIS Brush Village, after the pair picked up their second stop on course there. They’d also had a stop at 6C in another brush complex, the Huntsmans Close.

The 1.60-meter drop and waterfall to a fence in the water at 17AB, the Mars Sustainability Bay, ended the day for quite a few pairs, including Americans Matthew Flynn and Wizzerd, Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk On, and last year’s Luhmühlen CCI5*-L winners Summerland and Charly Van Ter Heiden.

There were 50 clear rounds from the 80 cross-country starters, many of them first-timers.

Find more information about Badminton Horse Trials at:

Badminton House, which dates from the 17th and 18th centuries, is now the family home of the 12th Duke of Beaufort, Harry Somerset. The Badminton Estate has been in the possession of the Beaufort family since 1608.

The 2020 Badminton Horse Trials cross country course, designed by Eric Winter and crafted by the Willis Bros course building team, was set to be another impressive test for horses and riders at this world famous event. It was unveiled for the 2022 event. Read about the course here:

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