Horse & Hound assesses the form of some of the top riders in Badminton's international field, plus the latest news from the trot up and how to stay in touch with the latest news

Badminton is to keep the steeplechase and roads and tracks phases, at least for the next year, as riders chose to continue to face the ultimate challenge

The leaders at Badminton survived the trot-up this morning, before the lower-placed riders battled it out for their final positions, with only four clear rounds proving how tricky the show jumping test is

The heavy going at Badminton has been taking its toll this morning with refusals, falls and retirements coming thick and fast, but a brave round by Bumble Thomas has left her in the lead

Andrew Nicholson is in the lead at the end of Friday's dressage, while British riders staved off the Australian challenge in convincing fashion, but speculation about tomorrow's cross-country continues

Australian riders account for four of the five top places at Badminton after this morning's action, with Polly Stockton the highest placed home rider in third

Australians dominate at Badminton

Australian riders dominated the top of the table by the end of Thursday's dressage, with Badminton first-timer Megan Jones taking the lead, while the rain continues to threaten ground conditions for Saturday's cross-country

Pippa Funnell has set the standard in the dressage at Badminton ahead of Bumble Thomas and William Fox-Pitt, while pathfinder Caroline Pratt produced an unforgettable test for all the wrong reasons

Horse & Hound speaks to Geoff Lane FRCVS, who has led Badminton’s team of vets for the past 12 years, to find out what the job involves

As all eyes turn towards this year's Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, HHO unveils its online guide to 10 of the top riders taking on the ultimate eventing challenge