Random ‘Facts and Stats’ about Badminton that you should know from our trivia crackhead

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If you love Eventing trivia, we have lots to share. Our resident Eventing Geek has delved into our database to bring you all sorts of useless (but interesting) Eventing information. In the last six years, the Badminton CCI4* has only ran five times because in 2012 it was cancelled due to rain. Enjoy this year’s second edition of Facts and Stats – Badminton 2010-2015:



  • Since 2010, 416 duos have taken on Badminton.
  • 213 starters have been women203 have been men.

badminton 2010-2015



  • A respectable number of riders have successfully finished Badminton with an event completion rate of 63%, with 260 finishers.
  • The boys have had better luck at this event with 126 women finishing (59%) and 134 men finishing (66%).

Rider with the most starts
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) has had an impressive ten starts and has only not finished twice (both times in 2014, he was Eliminated on Nereo and retired with Quimbo). His best result in the last six years was 3rd in 2013 with Nereo. He decided not to compete this weekend as he felt his personal fitness level was not where it should be.

Andrew Nicholson jogging Calico Joe. CREDIT: Libby Law COPYRIGHT: LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY

Andrew Nicholson jogging Calico Joe. CREDIT: Libby Law COPYRIGHT: LIBBY LAW PHOTOGRAPHY


Horse with the most starts
Andrew Nicholson’s Nereo is the only horse that has been in the field every time in the last six years. Besides their elimination in 2014, this pair has never had a cross-country jumping penalty and they have been in the top 10 twice (3rd in 2013 and 6th in 2015), winning £53,000 in prize money!


  • 19 tests have scored tests below 40.
  • The lowest dressage score was a 33.3 and was achieved by Ruth Edge riding Two Thyme in 2011 and Clark Montgomery (USA) riding Loughan Glen in 2014. Neither pair finished cross-country but Clark and Loughan Glen did win the 2015 Blenheim CCI3* on their dressage score of 33.8.
  • Dressage Queen – Ruth Edge (GBR) is the only rider who has delivered multiple scores under 40. In 2011 she scored a 33.3 on Two Thyme and in 2010 they scored a 39. Although they did not finish cross-country either year.
  • Highest dressage score was in 2010, Marco Savoini (ITA) and National Wish scored an unideal 79.5. It was not their weekend and they were Eliminated on cross-country.

Cross-country and show jumping

  • A tiny 11% of the starters have made time on cross-country with only 45 speedy pairs managing to beat the clock.
  • A decent 51% of the starters have finished without cross-country jumping penalties, with 211 duos making it around with clear jumping.
  • Only 13% of the starters have managed to deliver double clear show jumping rounds with only 53 pairs pulling off this big feat.


  • William Fox-Pitt (GBR) piloted the stallion, Chilli Morning to the 2015 win with a score of 39, giving them the lowest final score.
  • The highest final score was Clare Lewis (GBR) riding Sidnificant, with 170.5, in 2014. Perhaps not the result they were hoping for but they got to join the small group of eventers who can say they finished Badminton.
William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning on their way to winning the 2015 Badminton. (Jon Stroud/FEI).

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning on their way to winning the 2015 Badminton. (Jon Stroud/FEI).


Top 10

  • 9% (20) of the female starters finished in the top 10
  • 15% (30) of the male starters finished in the top 10


  • No rider has won Badminton multiple times.
  • Australia has had the most winners; Paul Tapner rode Inonothing to the win in 2010 and Sam Griffiths clinched the title with Paulank Brockagh in 2014.


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