When William Fox-Pitt lifted the famous Mitsubishi Motors trophy at Badminton Horse Trials yesterday (Sunday 10 May), this was far from being the end of the prize-giving ceremony at the prestigious four-star event.
There are a number of prizes to be won at Badminton, covering everything from the best owner/rider to the horse who moved up the greatest number of places between dressage and the finish.
H&H’s eventing editor gave us the low-down on each of the trophies as we counted down to this year’s event (click on the trophy names below in red for more info). Our congratulations go to all of this year’s winners.
Who won what at Badminton 2015
Mitsubishi Motors Trophy (owner of the winning horse): Christopher Stone, owner of Chilli Morning. Business prevented Chris from being at Badminton, but he did tweet his reaction:
Butler Bowl for the best British rider: William Fox-Pitt won this bowl as the highest placed British rider in addition to the Mitsubishi Motors trophy for heading the leaderboard.
Silver Jubilee Plate for the best owner/rider: Ingrid Klimke, who finished in second place on her own Horseware Hale Bob, is pictured below landing from the massive KBIS Garden Table.
Laurence Rook Trophy for the best British rider who has not previously completed Badminton: Ben Way riding Galley Light won this award at his first Badminton. Ben is 26 and works as a chartered surveyor and land agent near Rugby.
Glentrool Trophy for the horse and rider who have made greatest improvement on their dressage placing: Joseph Murphy and Sportsfield Othello moved up from equal 70th after dressage to finish in 25th place.
Frank Weldon Memorial Trophy for the rider of youngest British owned and ridden horse in the top 12: Pippa Funnell, who finished 12th on Redesigned. They are pictured below jumping fence 10 — the Outlander Lower Lake.
Cotswold Life Trophy for the best British rider, not entitled to wear the adult Union Jack and whose permanent address is in Glos, Wilts, Oxon, Worcs, Hereford or Somerset: Charlotte Agnew, who finished in 26th place riding Out Of Africa Two claimed the trophy for the best local rider.
Farriers Prize is given to the owner and farrier of the best shod horse: Euro Prince was crowned the best shod horse so the prize goes to his owner Cormac McKay and the horse’s farrier, Neil Dickson DipWCF.
Mark Holliday Memorial Trophy to the groom of the winning horse: William Fox-Pitt’s long-standing groom Jackie Potts received this for her outstanding care of Chilli Morning.
A special prize of embryo transfer courtesy of the Beaufort Embryo Transfer Centre, goes to the owner of the highest placed British horse. This prize went to Paulank Brockagh’s owners, Stephen & Dinah Posford, and Juliet Carter
Worship Company of Saddlers’ saddle to the rider of the best score who is under 25 on 1 January 2015 and has not previously won a company saddle in the calendar year: Twenty-one-year-old Brazilian rider Gabriel Silva Cury went home with this lovely saddle after finishing in 39th place on Grass Valley with a score of 78.2 penalties.
William Miflin Memorial Trophy to the rider of the horse with no cross-country jumping penalties and closest to the optimum time went to Tim Price riding Ringwood Sky Boy. They finished in 15th place.
Armada Dishes for completing Badminton five times were awarded to Sam Griffiths, Paul Tapner, Pascal Leroy, Nick Guantlett, Bill Levett.