Feeling inspired by those heading to the Mitsubishi Cup at Badminton Horse Trials next week (3-4 May)? If so, take a look at just a few of these horses for sale with potential to make it to this grassroots championship on the Horse & Hound website this week.

1. ‘Huge grassroots potential’

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Height: 15.2hh

Age: 11

Gender: gelding

Selling points: “This horse has qualified for BE90 regional finals, the RoR BE championships and many more. He has won at 80cm unaffiliated one-day event level on scores of 18. He has paces good enough for pure dressage and a lovely nature and attitude. He is excellent in traffic and has no vices.”

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2. ‘Excelled in all spheres’

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Height: 15.2hh

Age: six

Gender: mare

Selling points: “This superb mare has been a star from the start. She has a faultless cross-country record and has won at unaffiliated BE90 level. She qualified for both the BE 90 and BE100 regional finals last year. She is a real winner and a true grassroots contender. Good to do.”

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3. ‘Top class’

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Height: 16.1hh

Age: seven

Gender: mare

Selling points: “‘Dolly’ is an extremely competitive and exciting Badminton grassroots horse. She had a very successful 2015 season which included two wins at BE90 and top 10 placings at BE100 with both mum and daughter riding. She regularly receives marks in the 20s/low 30s without having to warm up for hours. She has plenty of natural scope and ability and is very balanced and adjustable to a fence and in combinations. Dolly is a perfect big country hunter and jumps whatever she is pointed at without getting strong or silly. Easy to handle, shoe, clip, load. She is a pleasure to take out on your own and will stand on a lorry all day by herself even if you take another horse away. Never strong, silly, nappy. Vice free. Turns out with both mares and geldings.”

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4. ‘Smart, unspoilt and genuine’

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Height: 15.2hh

Age: six

Gender: gelding

Selling points: “This horse has been brought on slowly and correctly. He is a very easy horse to do and a complete gentleman. He has three lovely paces and is very obedient. He is currently jumping consistent clears around 90cm and is very careful. He is very bold across country but is always ridden in a snaffle. He will be very competitive in any field.”

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5. ‘Like a big pony’

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Height: 16hh

Age: six

Gender: gelding

Selling points: “This smart, compact gelding has three correct paces and a lovely balanced canter. He has hunted and drag hunted and has also competed successfully at BE90, unaffiliated dressage and showjumping. He has cross-country schooled proving to be genuine and easy. He hacks alone and in company and is regularly ridden by a 15-year-old girl. Carefully produced and easy to do in all ways.”

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6. ‘Fun horse’

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Height: 15.2hh

Age: nine

Gender: mare

Selling points: “This horse is suited to grassroots level eventing. She competed at Eden Valley BE90 finishing with a double clear on a dressage score of 30.8. She is very quick against the clock showjumping and has competed on Pony Club intermediate teams. She has a snaffle mouth and is brilliant to hack out.”

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