One of Pippa Funnell’s rides among latest Badminton withdrawals, plus a horse from dressage top 15 pulled out

  • Pippa Funnell is among the latest 2024 Mars Badminton Horse Trials withdrawals, with one of her rides.

    She has opted to take Majas Hope out of the competition, following a disappointing dressage test yesterday, which left them in 63rd.

    Pippa said after her test yesterday (9 May): “Majas Hope is 17 now and in my heart of hearts, I don’t really want to run him to finish 20th or 25th – he doesn’t need that experience, I don’t need that experience.”

    Pippa still has her other ride, MCS Maverick in the competition. They are 12th after the first phase.

    Among other Badminton Horse Trials withdrawals is Kirsty Chabert and the exciting 11-year-old mare Opposition Heraldik Girl (Rocket). They were 14th after the dressage.

    Kirsty gave an update on social media: “After a lot of deliberation we have decided today is not the day for Rocket to make her Badminton cross-country debut, so have chosen to withdraw her, she is on such good form and will reroute to Luhmühlen.”

    There have already been some other withdrawals from the competition, including David Doel (Galileo Nieuwmoed), Harry Meade (Cavalier Crystal and Red Kite) and Arthur Duffort (Toronto D’Aurois).

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