Posted on Friday, June 12, 2015 by Heather Dodd
Words and pictures by Fiona Scott-Maxwell
This year’s Badminton entered the SJ phase with the top 5 scores being so close, there wasn’t a fence between them. Andrew Nicholson who has never won a Badminton title, was in the lead on Nereo but unfortunately had a melt down in the SJ with 3 fences down, dropping him down to finish 6th. Clear rounds in the SJ were few and far between but William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning (lying 2nd overnight), a ride brought on by local Nick Gauntlett, rode a perfect round to go clear and win the title for the 2nd time. Local Mark Todd finished 6th after an excellent clear with just 1 time fault.
Ben Way (GBR) Galley Light
Ben Way won The Laurence Rook Trophy for the highest placed British rider who has not previously completed Badminton. Ben is an amateur rider and works as a land agent in Cirencester. This was his first Badminton.
Charlotte Agnew (GBR) Out of Africa Two finished 26th
Charlotte Agnew based in Gloucestershire, won The Cotswold Life Trophy for the best British rider who is not entitled to wear the adult Union Jack Badge and whose permanent address is in the county of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Somerset.
Georgie Spence (GBR) Wii Limbo
Georgie Spence and Wii Limbo who finished 36th.
Aoife Clark (IRL) Vaguely North
Aoife Clark who has a yard in Oxfordshire finished 8th with just one pole rolled, on Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford’s Vaguely North.
Bill Levett (AUS) Shannondale Titan
Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan who finished 18th. Based Gloucestershire.
Laura Collett (GBR) Grand Manoeuvre
Laura Collett and Grand Manoeuvre who finished 28th. Laura is based in Berkshire.