Category Archives: 2015 Badminton

WOW! – Badminton horses in slow motion – VIDEO Break

High speed video captured by Centaur Biomechanics showcases the agility and strength of these amazing athletes. You can really get a sense of the stamina and coordination required for horses to compete at this level. Thank you Centaur Biomechanics.     You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Kyle Carter update and bad news for fan favourite Libby Head – VIDEO Break Tuesday’s Top 10 – Conversations at the Canadian Pan Am selectors’ meeting Spotted at Poplar Place Area 3 Championships this weekend – Gallery Canada’s top Pan Am contenders Horse-breaking your husband – Bringing your significant…

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FEI Classics™: Fox-Pitt rides Chilli Morning into the record books at Badminton

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) re-wrote the record books when he became the first rider in history to win a CCI4* on a stallion, jumping a magnificent clear round in today’s final phase on Christopher Stone’s Chilli Morning to capture the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The popular German rider Ingrid Klimke finished runner-up by just 1.2 penalties on her new star Horseware Hale Bob, and New Zealander Jock Paget was third on Clifton Lush, a great achievement on a horse coming back after a year’s lay-off for injury. The finale could not have been…

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FEI Classics™: Andrew Nicholson keeps the Badminton dream alive

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) joked that he was “still living the dream” after judging his Cross-Country round on Nereo to perfection at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The brilliant New Zealand rider finished one second inside the optimum time of 11 minutes 27 seconds to remain on his leading Dressage score of 37.8. But the six-time Olympian has no room for error to realise a great ambition nurtured since he first competed here in 1984. He has no margin for error in tomorrow’s Jumping phase over four riders who, like Nicholson, all know…

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FEI Classics™: Nicholson and Nereo hold onto Badminton Dressage lead

Andrew Nicholson (NZL), the man who has completed the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials more times (33) than any other rider, is still in pole position on Nereo after a fascinating two days of Dressage at this fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The 53-year-old Kiwi, who performed his test early yesterday morning, is still out in front of the 81 starters, although his lead has shrunk to just 1.2 penalties over world number two William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and the 15-year-old stallion Chilli Morning. Nicholson’s former ride, Armada – a full brother to Nereo – is in close contention…

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FEI Classics™: Nicholson and Nereo strike out in front

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Libby Sellar’s Nereo produced the best test of their long and illustrious career together to take the lead after the first day of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015. The Ground Jury, Christian Landolt (SUI), Sue Baxter (GBR) and David Lee (IRL) gave Nicholson the only sub-40 score, 37.8, to put him 3.4 penalties ahead of his compatriot Jock Paget (NZL), who scored 41.2 on the 2013 winner Clifton Promise. The youngest rider in the field, 20-year-old Niklas Bschorer (GER), who wasn’t even born when Nicholson’s Badminton…

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Stylish Six at Badminton

Fashion tastes from around the world were on display at the first horse inspection at Badminton. Rider personalities shone through with their fashion choices and they did not disappoint despite dressing for cool temperatures. Keeping warm with style, here are the six that did it very well. Thank you to the Eventing Consultant and Libby Law for the photos.     Badminton CCI4*: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Course preview] [First horse inspection] [Results] [FEI TV]   You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Maxime Livio suspended and fined – Cloak and dagger defense fails to sway tribunal Jessica…

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