Oliver Townend’s horses ‘have never felt so good’, plus other stories you need to read from day one at Badminton

  • At the close of the first day of Badminton Horse Trials dressage, at the event presented by Mars Equestrian (4–8 May), Oliver Townend – the third rider into the arena in the morning – still leads the way with Swallow Springs.

    Gemma Stevens (née Tattersall) sits second with Jalapeno, who is by 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning.

    New Zealand rider Tim Price is in third with Vitali as Tim bids to add a Badminton victory to his illustrious list of achievements.

    Tim’s fellow Kiwi, Caroline Powell, has a star in her midst with the 10-year-old mare Greenacres Special Cavalier, who sits in fourth after the first day of dressage

    2022 Burghley runners-up Tom Jackson and Capels Hollow Drift currently hold fifth.

    Top riders also talked about their first impressions of the cross-country course, designed by Eric Winter.

    There were also some great stories from riders competing in the Badminton Horse Trials dressage on day one.

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