Two weekends of five-star eventing and two record-breaking performances from the current best in the sport.
On May 1, Michael Jung set a new record-low five-star finishing score at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event; one week later, Laura Collett set a new record-low finishing score for the Badminton Horse Trials (England), the oldest five-star of them all, by breaking a record set by Jung in 2016, when he won the Rolex Grand Slam with La Biosthetique Sam FBW.
Collett and her Tokyo Olympic team gold medal partner London 52, a 13-year-old Holsteiner (Landos—Vernante, Quinar Z) she owns with Keith Scott and Karen Bartlett, led Badminton from wire to wire.
Their dressage test, which scored 21.0 penalties (equivalent to a 79.01%), gave them a 2.4-point lead on their nearest competition, and they just kept opening the gap from there. After turning in one of the event’s six double-clear cross-country rounds, they led by 4.7 points and went into show jumping poised to break their own record-low five-star finishing score for a British rider (21.3), set at the 2020 Pau (France) CCI5*-L. The pair jumped clean but missed the time allowed by 0.47 seconds, adding 0.4 time penalties to their final score and missing out on their own record by one-hundredth of a point.
Their 21.4 finish was still good enough to set a new Badminton record, beating Jung and the legendary “Sam’s” 2016 score, which adjusted to reflect modern scoring was a 22.9.
Watch how they did it, phase by phase:
Cross-country from Collett’s helmet cam:
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