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Badminton Horse Trials logoWe expected this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (3-7 May, 2017) to be a classic and it certainly didn’t disappoint. After two days of dressage, crowds were treated to an exciting day of cross-country competition. Only two riders went clear inside the time around Eric Winter’s course, causing a major shake up for the top 10 leader board.

Going into Sunday’s showjumping the Badminton title was so nearly in German rider Ingrid Klimke’s grasp. Three riders were within less than one penalty of each other when Andrew Nicholson coxed a brilliant clear round from 17-year-old Nereo in third place. Andrew was on track for his record-breaking 37th completion, but had never won the prestigious title.

Then Rolex Grand Slam and Badminton 2016 winner Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW had a fence down, leaving the door open for Ingrid. She needed to jump clear to win and the partnership have a good record in this final phase so few would have bet against her doing so. It was a shock therefore when Horseware Hale Bob OLD had three fences down, one stop and seven time-faults, passing the win to Andrew for the first-time in his stellar career.

Riders faced a new four-star dressage test at Badminton this year, which split opinion. After two days of dressage seven nations filled the top 10 spots, with Australia’s Christopher Burton on top. Unfortunately Chris picked up 20 penalties on the cross-country to drop him out of the reckoning.

About Badminton Horse Trials 2017

Held in the grounds of Badminton House in Gloucestershire, this year’s event boasted an increased prize fund, with the winner taking home a record £100,000 first prize. Prize money went down to 20th place, while all those who completed received their entry fee back, plus a small, set amount.

Other changes for this year’s event included a new cross-country course designer as Eric Winter took over from Giuseppe Della Chiesa.

One of just six four-star events in the world, the Mitsubishi Motors-sponsored event in Gloucestershire is arguably the most prestigious. The list of winners is a true who’s who for the sport of eventing and we can’t wait to see who will add their name to the roll of honour next time.

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Badminton Horse Trials history

The first event was held at Badminton in 1949 when the 10th Duke of Beaufort decided to host an event to help British riders train for future international events. The event has been cancelled five times, due to bad weather in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2012, and due to foot and mouth disease in 2001. Weather also forced the event to downgrade to a one-day competition in 1963.