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April 24, 2011

Todd Takes Over At Badminton

April 24, South Gloucestershire, England

Cross-country day at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, and it was a truly great day for Mark Todd. His comeback aim of gold in London next year is now looking like a very real possibility. But possibly not a great day for the sport, and sadly not a good day for North American eventing.

April 23, 2011

Edge Shoots To The Top After Dressage At Badminton CCI****

April 23, South Gloucestershire, England 

Day 2 at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** and the intense pressure of expectations and being viewed by a mammoth world wide audience was more than some riders could handle. I’ve never been to a championship without someone making errors of course in the dressage, and these types of mistakes will be magnified tomorrow on the cross-country.

April 22, 2011

Collett Bests Her Elders On Day 1 At Badminton

April 22, South Gloucestershire, England           

There is no pretense of this being an ordinary Badminton CCI****. The London 2012 Olympic Games drive all the leading riders, and for those aiming for medals, there is one horse and rider combination not competing at this year’s edition of Badminton that is the monkey on their backs.

April 11, 2011

Badminton Horse Trials Launches IPhone App

Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** (England) have launched a free iPhone application  for the 2011 event, which will be held April 21-25.

Features of the application include:

April 1, 2011

Rhodes-Bosch Gets Creative In Badminton Fundraising Efforts

Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch is headed to the Badminton CCI**** (England), and she’s decided to sell four shares in her horse, Port Authority, to help fund the trip.

Rhodes-Bosch, 22, rode as a member of the silver-medal winning Canadian eventing team and placed ninth individually at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as well as finishing fifth at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

A generous grant from Equine Canada will not cover the entire cost of her trip to England. Port Authority is not for sale; this is an ownership opportunity through a lease agreement.

June 2, 2010

Badminton CCI**** Announces Tougher Entry Requirements

On Tuesday, June 1, Great Britain’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials announced more stringent requirements for entry, effective 2011.

Now, all horse-and-rider combinations that wish to contest the four-star event will be required to have finished in the top 25 percent of a CCI*** or the top 50 percent of a CCI**** during their career.

May 3, 2010

Tapner Triumphs In Tight Finale At Badminton

Australia’s Paul Tapner, described by fellow riders as one of the hardest working in the sport, rode with focus and determination to achieve the greatest moment of his eventing career on May 3. He went clear in the final jumping to hold his slim overnight lead at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, and now lies in second place, behind William Fox-Pitt in the HSBC FEI Classics.

“This means everything to me,” said Tapner. “Every second of this year has been focused on this moment.”

May 2, 2010

Horse Euthanized At Mitsuibishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Desert Island, ridden by Louisa Lockwood and owned by Donald Birts was put down following a fall at fence 9 (The corner at Huntsmans Close).

The 17-hand mare (by Nashua) apparently broke a leg in her fall.

A detailed investigation of the circumstances is currently taking place.

The rider Louisa Lockwood, is currently being attended by the Red Cross, however she is believed not to have sustained any serious injury.

May 2, 2010

Australian Paul Tapner Takes Over The Lead After Cross-Country At Badminton

Australia’s Paul Tapner was clearly overjoyed as he came through the finish line at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on his second ride, Inonothing. His celebrations were more than justified as, after an enthralling and dramatic cross-country day, he found himself in the lead at a four-star event for the first time.

The track at Badminton, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, proved as enigmatic as ever, taking its fair share of high-profile scalps, including all the top five riders after dressage.

May 1, 2010

Kai Rüder Is Prince Of Badminton

Germany’s Kai Rüder and his powerful stallion Le Prince des Bois hold an appropriately regal lead at the close of dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (England), the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Rüder, 39, made his Badminton debut after a 20-year quest. He has a 5.8-penalty lead over first day leader Great Britain’s Ruth Edge on Two Thyme ahead of what is predicted to be an influential cross-country day due to the forecast heavy rain.

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