Collett Cruises To Badminton Victory; Smith And Grald Finish In Top 15

May 8, 2022 - 3:42 PM

Great Britain’s Laura Collett and London 52 never let go of the lead at the Badminton Horse Trials, staking their claim on the second day of dressage and adding only 0.4 show jumping time penalties over the course of the competition to finish on 21.4, a record-low final score for the event.

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Laura Collett and her Tokyo Olympics gold-medal-winning mount London 52 proved impossible to beat at Badminton Horse Trials. Libby Law Photography Photos

Although she had a rail in hand heading into competition Sunday, that didn’t diminish the pressure.

“That horse is amazing,” she said of the 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos—Vernante, Quinar Z) owned by Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett. “He jumped his socks off. I couldn’t see a distance anywhere but he just got higher and higher.”

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Laura Collett and London 52 added just .4 show jumping time penalties to their dressage score, finishing on a record-low final score for the event.

Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo moved up from fourth to finish second behind Collett, and were the only combination to finish on their dressage score, an achievement made even more impressive by the fact that it was the gelding’s first five-star. FEI world No. 1 event rider Oliver Townend—who had been sitting second and third, respectively, on  Swallow Springs and Ballaghmor Class after cross-country—had to settle for third and fifth after each horse had a rail down.

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Ros Canter and Lordships Graffalo took second and were the only pair to finish on their dressage score.

It was the first British sweep of the top placings since Pippa Funnell led William Fox-Pitt and Leslie Law in 2002, and Collett revealed that Funnell’s win on Supreme Rock 20 years ago had been her childhood inspiration.

“I was going round the cross-country on my aunt’s shoulders and I wanted to be Pippa Funnell winning Badminton,” she said.

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Oliver Townend completed the British sweep of the top three places, taking third aboard Swallow Springs.

Piggy March and Vanir Kamira, the 2019 Badminton winners who set the early standard on the cross-country yesterday, finished fourth with just one rail down.

“I think that’s the best ‘Tilly’ has ever jumped. She left her heart out on the cross-country course yesterday so I was a bit worried today, but shouldn’t have been,” March said of the 17 -year-old mare.

David Doel, a Badminton first-timer who lives just 20 minutes down the road, vaulted from 32nd after dressage to finish in sixth place on Galileo Nieuwmoed with a double clear.

The U.S. contingent ended the weekend with two riders, both Badminton rookies, in the top 15. Tamie Smith was the top American finisher, taking ninth aboard Mai Baum, producing one of the day’s four double-clear rounds. And Ariel Grald added just 0.4 time penalties on her way to a clear round with Leamore Master Plan to finish 15th.

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Badminton first-timer Tamie Smith was all smiles after finishing ninth on Mai Baum. The pair were the top finishers among the seven American riders who started the event.

Phillip Dutton had two rails down on Z to place 26th, while Will Faudree also lowered two fences and added 0.4 time penalties with Mama’s Magic Way to finish 31st. Emily Hamel and Corvett had one rail and 1.2 time penalties to finish 52nd in their first Badminton.

U.S.-based Australian rider Dom Schramm had two rails and 0.4 time penalties to finish 49th with Bolytair B. Canadian Mike Winter finished 51st on El Mundo after dropping a rail and adding 2.4 time penalties.

Fifty-two combinations finished the event out of 85 starters.

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Ariel Grald, another Badminton rookie, started the competition in 54th place but finished in 15th, adding just .4 show jumping time penalties to her dressage score.
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Phillip Dutton and Z placed 26th.
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Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way finished 31st.
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Emily Hamel and Corvett placed 52nd.
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