Find out why Laura Collett described the cross-country as ‘relentless’, plus 10 other stories you must read from Badminton today

  • Laura Collett maintained her lead after the Badminton Horse Trials cross-country, at the event presented by Mars Equestrian. Riding her Olympic gold medallist London 52, Laura stormed around inside the optimum time to stay on her 21 dressage.

    The first of Oliver Townend’s two rides on the Badminton cross-country was Swallow Springs

    Oliver’s second ride around the Eric Winter-designed track was Ballaghmor Class

    Piggy March had a crack at the course with her reigning Badminton champion, Vanir Kamira

    Ros Canter and Allstar B tackled the course earlier this morning

    Grooms are a key part of every rider’s effort, so we are taking the time to catch up with a few this week.

    Kitty King and Vendredi Biats got round but it wasn’t all plain sailing on the Badminton Horse Trials cross-country

    Meanwhile, things didn’t all go to plan for some near the top of the leaderboard following the dressage

    Some of the early riders shared their opinions on the course

    A number of French riders had a go at tackling the five-star track

    There is even a star from Downton Abbey present this weekend

    Read our full Badminton form guide in this week’s issue of Horse & Hound (issue dated 5 May 2022). Our bumper 20-page Badminton report will be in our 12 May issue and keep fully up-to-date with all the action during Badminton week via horseandhound.co.uk, where a host of features and reports will be published.

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