Friday, May. 24, 2024

COTH Staff Blog – Lisa Slade

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** is officially over—the riders returned home, the dressage ring taken down, the cross-country flags removed for another year, memories of a Rolex Grand Slam victory stored. 

But it’s still possible to relive the moments through just a few of the thousands of photos one lucky journalist (me) took on her first trip to the event. 

So yes, it’s very cool being at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and interviewing Michael Jung. But another of my favorite things about covering a competition away from home is talking to other people who usually aren’t on our radar in the United States. 

Like, say, Denmark’s Hanne Wind Ramsgaard. 

As soon as Michael Jung won the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, I texted Chronicle managing editor Sara Lieser: “Welp, I guess someone has to go to Badminton to witness this historic moment.”

The potential historic moment of course being Jung now—maybe—going on to win the Rolex Grand Slam. (And yeah, I use “welp” sometimes in texts. Don’t judge.)

Anyway, I was joking, not about the historic moment but about the “going to Badminton” bit.

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