Check out the Badminton CCI4* entry list – 85 accepted and 36 on the waitlist
Finally, the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI4* have gone live. As usual, this four-star is oversubscribed to and although 85 entries have been accepted there are still 36 pairs on the waitlist.
The 2016 Badminton winner, Michael Jung (GER) is back to defend his title with his champion mount, La Biosthetique Sam FBW. This formidable pair had a banner 2016 season, winning Badminton and winning their second individual gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Although, they are going to face some tough competition at Badminton. Rio Olympic individual silver medalist, Astier Nicolas (FRA) will be aboard his Rio partner, Piaf de B’Neville. The 2016 Burghley CCI4* champion, Chis Burton (AUS) is set to ride two horses, TS Jamaimo (2013 Adelaide CCI4* winner) and Graf Liberty.
Worldwide Eventing fans will be happy to note that the legendary Sir Mark Todd (NZL) will also be tackling Badminton on two mounts, NZB Campino and Leonidas II. Mark Todd is 61-years-old and proof that age is no match for eventers.
Best of all, the famous Andrew Nicholson (NZL) make his return to Badminton this year, he is entered on Nereo and Qwanza. He did not compete at the 2016 Badminton because a neck injury he suffered after falling from Cillnabradden Evo at the final fence on cross-country at the CIC3* at the Festival of British Eventing in August 2015. Andrew did, however, have a very successful 2016 season, which was highlighted by a 2nd place finish at the Burghley CCI4* with Nereo. Andrew and Nereo certainly have the ability to give Michael and Sam a run for their money this spring.
There are six American duos among this year’s Badminton entries:
- Hannah Sue Burnett & Harbour Pilot
- Katherine Coleman & Longwood
- Lauren Kieffer & Veronica
- Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Monte Carlo
- Lynn Symansky & Donner
- Elisa Wallace & Simply Priceless.
An American rider has not won Badminton since David O’Connor and Custom Made claimed the title in 1997. Perhaps this will be their year?
Canadians will be happy to see Rebecca Howard (CAN) and Riddle Master on the entry list. This duo made our country proud last year, bringing home a tenth place individual place finish at the Rio Olympics. Rebecca and Riddle Master have had success at Badminton in the past, finishing 12th in 2014. Eventing Connect is a little bias and will be cheering the hardest for Rebecca at Badminton.
Click here to check out the full Badminton entries and waitlist