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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2014 Review

Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2014 by Heather Dodd

Pictures and report by Fiona Scott-Maxwell
www.scottmaxwell.co.uk

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014  (7th to 11th May) saw a considerably beefed up XC course designed by Giuseppe della Chiesa which was thought to be a proper 4 Star course reminding those of a certain age, of Badminton XC courses of years gone by.
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A challenge for the dressage cameraman on Thursday

Thursday dressage day saw appallingly wet and windy weather with the stands shuddering to a point when those sitting in them, feared for their lives! despite continuing high winds and heavy showers, Saturday’s weather, though dire, proved better than forecast.  However, conditions were tough and it was an action packed and somewhat dramatic day with both Andrew Nicholson and William Fox-Pitt actually falling off their experienced horses, along with Sir Mark Todd and Pippa Funnell though Pippa had an excellent Badminton with the relatively inexperienced Billy Beware at his first 4 star, finishing 6th.  Mary King retired on course and so did Andrew with his first horse.  Mark Todd finished 14th on Leonidas II, having gone for a canter into the deep water at The Lake.

Oliver Townend and Armada, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Oliver Townend and Armada

Two locals had a spectacular Badminton.  Oliver Townend and Armada, based in Shropshire, finished 2nd with Harry Meade and Wild Lone, based in Wiltshire, finishing 3rd.

Harry Meade and Wild Lone, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Harry Meade and Wild Lone

Harry’s success was all the more astonishing since he had had a particularly nasty rotational fall last August when he dislocated and shattered both elbows.  Those of us that saw pictures of him with his arms literally strung up for several weeks, are amazed he returned to riding, let alone finishing in the top 3 at a tough 4 star which saw so many top riders fall by the wayside.  Izzy Taylor, based in Oxfordshire, completed on two horses, 17th and 18th which was a remarkable feat.

Paul Tapner and Kilronan, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Paul Tapner and Kilronan

Paul Tapner and Kilronan (based Wiltshire) looked set to take the title, having led after dressage and after XC.  Unfortunately, they rolled four poles in the SJ which put them down to 4th with Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy (based Wiltshire) who were lying 2nd after XC, also rolling 4 poles which landed them down in 9th position.  Rather unexpectedly, this meant Sam Griffiths and the mare, Paulank Brockagh took the title, having been in 5th place going into the SJ but only rolling one pole.  Harry Meade was lying 8th going into the SJ but finished up in 3rd place having only rolled one pole.  Oliver Townend and Armada (previously ridden by Andrew Nicholson) finished up in 2nd place from 4th.

It was a Badminton where dressage was not influential.  Out of 83 starters, 35 completed the XC and 32 show jumped.
Ludwig Svennerstal and Alexander, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Ludwig Svennerstal and Alexander. 8th. Based Wiltshire with Sir Mark Todd

Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy. 9th. Based Wiltshire

Lucy Jackson and Willy Do, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Lucy Jackson and Willy Do.11th. Based Oxfordshire

Mark Todd and Leonidas II, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Mark Todd and Leonidas II. 14th. Based Wiltshire

Austin O'Connor and Ringwood Mississippi, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Austin O’Connor and Ringwood Mississippi. 15th. Based Oxfordshire

Izzy Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Izzy Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda. 17th. Based Oxfordshire

Nick Gauntlett and Grand Manoeuvre, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Nick Gauntlett and Grand Manoeuvre. 22nd. Based Gloucestershire

Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan, Badminton 2014

Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan. 27th. Based Gloucestershire

Tom McEwen and Diesel, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton HT 2014

Tom McEwen and Diesel. 31st. Based Wiltshire with Sir Mark Todd

Zara Phillips and BEF Award, Badminton 2014

Zara Phillips with her BEF Medal of Honour

 

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