Following a stellar Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials we wanted to share these fantastic pictures from Julia Shearwood of some of the stunning SPILLERS fed competitors.
Congratulations to Imogen Murray on finishing 8th and winning the Glentrool Trophy for the highest climber after the dressage aboard the wonderful Ivar Gooden (Sir Charles). We have become accustomed to watching Imogen and Sir Charles storm around the toughest of cross country tracks and this year at Badminton was no exception with them posting a clear round with just 1.6 time penalties, one of the few to get very close to achieving the optimum time. Having completed the dressage phase in 65th position, Imogen and Sir Charles’s meteoric rise up the leader board was topped off with a faultless show jumping round on the Sunday.
It was a real treat to watch William Fox-Pitt guide two young horses through their first Badminton competitions and I think it’s fair to say he has two very exciting prospects in Little Fire and Oratorio! William showed all his expertise and skill to smoothly guide these two first timers into the top 13 by the end of the competition. Little Fire, who finished 9th and won the Frank Weldon Trophy presented to the rider of the youngest British owned and ridden horse in the top 12, caught a lot of people’s eye with his impressive double clear in the jumping phases. Oratorio, sired by William’s former Badminton ride Oslo, was not to be outdone by his stablemate and producing a brilliant cross country round and finishing the competition in 13th place.
The build-up and anticipation of competing at your first Badminton Horse Trials must be unlike any other event. For Millie Dumas there were no signs of first timer nerves when producing an exemplary performance throughout the competition. Millie and Artistiek started in style finishing the dressage phase on a score of 27.3 which left them in 7th place. A polished performance on the Saturday saw them post a confident clear round of jumping and one fence down in the show jumping left them in a very respectable 34th place. I’m sure the plans have already started on a return visit for this exciting pair next year!
Julia Norman also made a fantastic Badminton Horse Trials debut posting a brilliant clear across country and finishing the competition in 52nd place.
Jim Newsam made the trip from Ireland worthwhile by storming round the cross country course clear with his experienced partner Magennis. Jim and Magennis first completed Badminton back in 2013! Unfortunately Magennis was withdrawn before the show jumping but I’m sure will be back in action soon.
Congratulations to all of the horses and riders contesting this year’s Badminton Horse Trials and we have already started the countdown to next year’s event!