Top 10 triumphant moments at the Badminton CCI4* – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

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Top 10 triumphant moments at the Badminton CCI4* – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

Let’s take a moment and celebrate the “Top 10 triumphant moments” at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this year. We all were smiling for everyone on the list. We are Eventers; we can’t help but be happy for these riders.

1) Tom McEwen (GBR) show jumping a perfect double clear round with Toledo de Kerser to finish in 7th place. At only 27-years-old, Tom is one of Britain’s most exciting young eventers, and he is riding one of the top horses in the sport right now. Toledo de Kerser is only 11-years-old, and this was his fourth CCI4* event. They just added 8.8 cross-country time penalties to their 28.9 dressage score for a stellar top-10 finish. The British selectors will be eyeing this duo for the Tryon World Equestrian Games this year.


2) Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Veronica making America proud by finishing in 9th place. Lauren was the only North American rider to finish inside the top-10 at this world-class event. Last year, she finished in 17th place with Veronica but a quicker cross-country run over the weekend secured them that 9th place result. Maybe a top-five finish is in store for this pair at Burghley in the fall.


3) Mark Todd (NZL), at 62-years-young, piloting Kilturbid Rhapsody to a 6th place finish at the horse’s first Badminton. Mark is proof that eventers can defy ageing. He rode Kilturbid Rhapsody like a true master in the dressage to score a 23.4 and sit in 2nd place. He then added only 7.2 cross-country time penalties and four show jumping faults to this score for a solid 6th place finish. Mark also finished in a respectable 14th place with Leonidas II. I’m sure we will be seeing Mark anchor the New Zealand team at the WEG this year.


4) Imogen Murray (GBR) blazing around the cross-country with Ivar Gooden to move up from 59th place after dressage into 11th overall. Imogen is only 24-years-old and this was only her second cross-country run at the CCI4* level but you would never guess that watching her. She was a near blur cross-country with Ivar Gooden and put in the 3rd fastest round of the day. In show jumping she did not disappoint, dropping only one rail around a tough course to place just outside of the top-10. This will be a fun pair to watch as they gain more CCI4* experience.


5) Rosalind Canter (GBR) earning her first-ever top three finish at a CCI4* with Allstar B. Rosalind is no stranger to the CCI4* level, but a top three finish has been alluding her for years now. A stellar 23.9 dressage score started her in 3rd, adding only 6.4 cross-country time penalties to this score kept her in 3rd place, and one rail down saw her finish in 3rd place. Talk about a consistent weekend! This is another British pair that has a strong chance to compete at this year’s WEG.



6) Andrew Nicholson (NZL) retiring his 2017 Badminton champion mount, Nereo. It was bittersweet for Eventing fans around the world to see Nereo retire over the weekend at Badminton. Nereo had 40 international starts in his career at some of the world’s most prestigious events including the 2012 Olympics, 2014 WEG, 2010 WEG and 12 CCI4* events. He looked hoof-perfect on cross-country with Andrew and was in 12th place heading into show jumping but a slightly sore foot caused Andrew to withdraw him. Andrew was already planning to retire the legendary Nereo at Badminton this year and the event had a lovely ceremony for him. He will now enjoy an active retirement with Andrew’s daughter, Lily taking over the reins.


7) Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Arctic Soul adding only 4.4 cross-country time penalties to their dressage score to finish in 4th place. Arctic Soul is an absolute cross-country machine and Gemma did a fantastic job keeping him under control over the weekend. They had the 2nd fastest cross-country time and one of only five double clear show jumping rounds to move up from 35th place after dressage into 4th. This duo is a force at the CCI4* level, and it is presumably only a matter of time before they win one.


8) Will Furlong (GBR) successfully completing his first CCI4* aboard Collien P 2. Not everyone would pick Badminton as their first CCI4* event but Will did and made it look simple, placing 43rd. He took it slow and steady on cross-country, racking up 49.2-time penalties but at your first Badminton, a completion is what matters. Will is only 22-years-old and his mount Collien P 2 is 11-years-old, so they have tons of time to hone their skills, so they are competitive at this elite level.


9) Oliver Townend (GBR) finishing two horses inside of the top five. Oliver needed to win this Badminton to claim the Rolex Grand Slam Eventing title and he came just short of it finishing in 2nd place aboard Cooley SRS and 5th place on Ballaghmor Class. Many great eventers end their careers without ever placing in the top-five at a CCI4* and Oliver makes it look like child’s play. It was Cooley SRS’ first CCI4* event and he added only 7.2 cross-country time penalties to this score and came painfully close to clinching the win. Oliver has a strong chance at winning an individual medal at this year’s WEG.


10) Jonelle Price (NZL) clinching her first CCI4* title with Classic Moet and becoming the first woman to win Badminton in over 10 years. Jonelle and Classic Moet owned the cross-country course finishing only one second over the optimum time and flying up the leaderboard from 22nd to 1st. They then delivered their first ever double clear show jumping round at this level to claim the big victory. Making this win even more impressive is the fact this is Jonelle’s first CCI4* since she had a baby boy last year. Talk about a kickass comeback! #GirlPower

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