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.
- Thoughts from Pippa Funnell, Harry Meade, Tim Price and more
- See pictures of all the cross-country jumps
There were also some great stories from riders competing in the Badminton Horse Trials dressage on day one.
- Meet the youngest rider at Badminton and her second-generation home-bred
- Meet the NHS dentist making her Badminton debut
- The Badminton first-timer who might surprise you
- Find out how the rain helped one five-star stalwart to achieve a personal best in the first phase
- Meet another Badminton debutante who has finally made it to the event after two previously failed attempts
- Find out about one rider who describes being at Badminton as “crazy and amazing”
- Meet Kitty King’s groom, who says that the horse she is responsible for this year “spends a lot of time under the shower”
- Finally, find out why unfortunately one rider’s Badminton dream came to an end before it really had a chance to start
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