The Mitsubishi Motors Cup held at Badminton Horse Trials immediately before the prestigious four-star event is the pinnacle of the lower levels of eventing in Britain.
This year, the BE90 championship was won by Sophie Walker from Shropshire riding her own 10-year-old Rhapsody RFW. The combination won on their impressive dressage mark of 24.8 penalties. Second place went to Jessie Vanassche from the Isle of Wight riding Da Vinci II who finished on a score of 25.3. Third place was occupied by Emily Taggart riding Solo XII, who finished on 25.4 penalties due to getting 2.8 too-fast time-penalties on the cross-country course.
The course caused problems at a number of different fences. In total 77% of cross-country starters completed the cross-country course with no jumping penalties.
Here are pictures of the fences riders faced on the cross-country with a fence-be-fence breakdown of where problems occurred. The championship course was 3100m in length with an optimum time of 6 minutes 57 seconds.
Fence 1: BE Flower Box
Fence 2: Huntsmans Roll Top
Fence 3ab: Park Logs
Fence 4: ASX Cross Question
Fence 5ab: Wadworths at The Lake
Fence 6ab: World Horse Welfare Garden Fence
Fence 7: Woodhouse Table
Fence 8: Danco Shooting Butt
Fence 9ab: Devoucoux Brushes
Fence 10: Spillers Horse Feeds Beam
Fence 11: PHEV Brush
Fence 12, 13 and 14: Irish Horse Gateway Combination
Fence 12: 0 faulters
Fence 13: 3 refusals
Fence 14: 5 refusals and 1 fall
Fence 15abc: Shogun Hollow
Fence 16: CrossCountry App House (fastest route is to jump as a corner on the left of this fence)
Fence 17ab: Four-Star Wall
Fence 18ab: Mirage Step
Fence 19: Outlander Wagon
Fence 20ab: Careers in Racing Quarry (b is roll-top at top of bank)
Fence 21: James’ Book
Read the full Mitsubishi Motors Cup report in Horse & Hound magazine (12 May 2016).