Lucy Jackson’s Badminton Horse Trials blog: it’s all over

It’s all over! I am hugely honored to be a part of Team NZ. What a great day for our sport and in particular for New Zealand sport. So many congratulations to Jock Paget on his well deserved win. Incredible performance from day one.

My lifetime’s ambition of competing at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been fulfilled. It wasn’t a particularly fairytale score, but Luke gave of his best on all three days and has given me an awesome first Badminton to be proud of.

He couldn’t have tried harder today or yesterday, and didn’t deserve the 8 faults today. Again the magic of Badminton seemed to take his concentration at the first, and I cut my line slightly tight to the last. At this level one just can’t have even a nano second off the job!

An enormous thanks to all those who made the week possible, and I hereby warn them all that it’s made me hungry for more!

I wish Grace [Taylor, daughter of Animator’s part-owners Ann and Nigel] all the very best of luck with darling Animator and may he bring her as much excitement as he has brought Team Jackson.

Thank you Kathy Brown, Ann and Nigel and all my incredible gang for making this dream a reality. I have learned such a lot and plan to come back for a few years to ensure I am better equipped to work my way up that leader board!

Lucy