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Badminton Horse Trials logoCongratulations to Badminton Horse Trials 2015 winner William Fox-Pitt. He collected his second Mitsubsihi Motors Badminton trophy, this time riding Chris Stone’s talented stallion, Chilli Morning. William previously won the title in 2004 riding Tamarillo.

One of just six four-star events in the world, the Mitsubishi Motors-sponsored event in Gloucestershire is among the most prestigious. If you’d like an insight into how it feels to compete at the event for the first time, relive the highs and lows of our Badminton Horse Trials first-timer and busy mum, Nana Dalton, who rode her home-bred gelding, Absolut Opposition, into 52nd place.

The list of winners is a true who’s who for the sport of eventing and it’s incredibly fitting to have William Fox-Pitt add his name to the roll of honour for a second time.

The 2015 cross-country course was far less influential that the previous year, when only 35 of the 78 horses that left the start box completed the course. This year Badminton’s course designer Giuseppe della Chiesa said: “I was very pleased with the course. When the conditions are perfect, it should look like that. The pictures were good and the atmosphere was fantastic.”

View the 2015 cross-country course.

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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.