New look

12:20 01 April 2014

Riders’ entries are now in for this years’ Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (May 7 – 11), and another feast of top class international sport is in prospect.

Competitors from 14 other nations will take on the best of the British, with a major focus being selection for the World Equestrian Games, Normandie this summer.

Thirteen Australian horses and 14 New Zealanders are in the entry list, reflecting those countries’ riders being assessed for selection by performance in the northern hemisphere this spring. As usual there is a strong Irish contingent, with 10 horses, eight each from France and the USA and 7 from Sweden.

Eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy will line up again this time, headed by double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd from New Zealand, with Andrew Hoy, Paul Tapner and Lucinda Fredericks from Australia, Mary King, Oliver Townend, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt from Great Britain. Among those not to have won here Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) stands out with his record 33 completions to date and he must stand a great chance this time with a choice of two from Nereo (third here in 2013), Quimbo (Kentucky winner 2013) and Avebury (first and second at Burghley).

British favourite Mary King will ride Imperial Cavalier, who has completed on four occasions and has been third and fourth in the past; William Fox-Pitt has a choice of four, including European bronze medallist Chilli Morning.

Places in the British team are certainly up for grabs after the disappointing result at the European Championships last year, so competition for the record prize money and the best known Trophy in the world will be intense.

Over 130 entries were received for the 85 places available, so those on the ‘Waiting List’ will be hoping that some of those accepted withdraw over the next month. The full lists of those accepted and the Waiting List are on the Badminton website at www.badminton-horse.co.uk

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sidmouth 2nds at home to Brixham 2nds. Ref shsp 0179-51-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Sidmouth Under-16s were involved in a thrilling 17-all draw when they played a midweek floodlit match at neighbouring Exmouth, writes Daryl Pearce.

Read more
Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Sidmouth Under-13 squadron ventured out to Mid Devon last Sunday for a tricky encounter with the mighty Crediton, who were eventually beaten 17-5.

Read more
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crediton Under-9s powered their way to an 80-5 success on their visit to Crediton.

Read more
Thursday, December 18, 2014

As any sportsman will tell you it hurts to lose, it also hurts to lose by one point, it hurts even more to lose by one point in the last two minutes of a game and it hurts a lot to lose when it was the best team that lost, writes Robert Baugh.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition
Devon�s trusted business finder