An Unexpected Victory at the 75th Mars Badminton Horse Trials

Olympic years can always throw up unexpected results at Badminton, and 2024 is absolutely no exception with a total shakeup of the leader board. New Zealand’s Caroline Powell came from 6th place overnight to take her first Badminton Horse Trials title with the feisty mare Greenacres Special Cavalier, having finished here in last place in 2023. Ireland’s Lucy Latta climbed up one to eventual second place – an incredible result for her first five star event, let alone her first Badminton with the incredibly promising RCS Patron Saint, followed by…

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A Familiar Name Leads After Dressage at Mars Badminton Horse Trials

Rosalind Canter (GBR) riding Izilot DHI following dressage at Badminton Horse Trials 2024

In the 75th Anniversary of the Badminton Horse Trials and its inaugural year with Mars as the title sponsor, the sun shone over two days of fantastic sport to give us the phase one leader of Ros Canter with Izilot DHI. Riding into second place is Bubby Upton on Cola for Great Britain, and in third, is New Zealand’s Tim Price on board Vitali. Tim and the 14-year-old black gelding produced their customary fluid test to finish on a first phase score of 27.7. The result wasn’t quite their Burghley…

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Harry Hall One Club ACE Championships head to Aintree

The Harry Hall Ace Championship banner

It’s just over a week until the first Harry Hall One Club ACE Championships at Aintree International Equestrian Centre! New for 2023, the Anyone Can Event (ACE) Championship Series hosted by British Eventing and sponsored by Harry Hall One Club, has offered numerous championship leg qualifiers throughout the UK during the winter months of 2022/23. The arena-style set-up with a height of 70cm-1m, aims to encourage people into the sport and is open to anyone who is BE registered, aged 10 upwards. The exciting initiative, which has been described as…

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An Eventful Day at Burghley Horse Trials

Pippa Funnell (GBR) on MGH Grafton Street. Image credit Steph Freeman

A day of thrills and spills at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials sees just 33 riders complete the demanding track, but Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell remains in the lead of a British stranglehold of the top three, riding MGH Grafton Street. Adding just four time faults to their dressage score, the combination lie on 26.8 going into tomorrow’s show jumping. ‘Not pretty but effective’ would be the best way to summarise the 2003 Burghley winners’ round with the 11-year-old gelding. I was bringing two young horses who were five…

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