Laura Collett withdraws one of her two Badminton rides

  • Laura Collett has withdrawn one of her Mars Badminton Horse Trials rides from this week’s event (8-12 May).

    The British rider, who won Badminton in 2022 with London 52, was due to start Badminton on two mares owned by their breeders. She has withdrawn Yvonne Ferguson’s Bling from the event but will still start on Lucy Nelson’s Hester.

    Laura Collett: Badminton Horse Trials “mixed emotions”

    Laura said she has “mixed emotions” as she posted on Instagram that she is “on the way to the best event in the world with Hester, who is ready to tackle her first five-star”.

    She added she is “absolutely gutted we have had to leave Bling at home as she’s not 100%”.

    Laura Collett has withdrawn Bling, pictured here at Thotesby 2023, from Badminton Horse Trials

    Bling, pictured here competing at Thoresby 2023, will not be contesting her first five-star at Badminton.

    “I’m devastated for her owner and all the team who have put so much work into getting her to this point, but ultimately her welfare comes first. I know she’ll come back fighting and her five-star debut will just have to be at another time,” said Laura.

    “The biggest thank you to my amazing team for getting us here and keeping the show on the road – Tilly Hughes, Polly Holbrook, Elsa Ireland and Eloise Hirst.”

    Laura Collett will start Badminton Horse Trials as number 73 on the grey mare Hester.

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