Badminton Horse Trials 2017
It was definitely an emotional one with Andrew Nicholson taking his first Badminton victory on board the 17 year old Nereo, having completed the event a record breaking 37 times.
The pair were sitting in third position going into the final phase but when Michael Jung and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW knocked a pole and leaders Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob OLD had three poles down the victory went to Andrew.
Suregrow sponsored riders were also out in force at Badminton Horse Trials. Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover unfortunately retired around a very tough x-country track. Oliver Towned completed on both his horses ODT Ghareeb and Samuel Thomas II to finish in the top 25 (16th and 25th respectively).
Nicola Wilson gets off to a flying start
The season is well underway now and what a fantastic start Nicola has had, especially with the young horses which is so encouraging for the future. There's also been a new addition to the yard, Tipple!
The team have had 6 wins and 10 top 10 placings from five events with these exciting young horses.
The advanced horses Annie Clover and Bulana should have made their first CIC3* outing at Burgham International but unfortunately the weather played its part and the event was cancelled which was so disappointing as both horses produced fantastic dressage tests and were in strong positions.
Burnham Market International CIC3* was the next stop for both Annie and Bulana and they both gave Nicola great rides. 3rd and 6th respectively after dressage and two clear show jumping rounds put them in a great position going into the cross country phase. Annie went clear with just a few time penalties to finish 4th overall.
Preparations are now in full swing with Annie for Badminton in two weeks time. The team at home are fully focused on getting her ready for this fabulous event, fingers and toes crossed that preparations pay off.
We would like to wish Nicola and Annie good luck at Badminton Horse Trials, exciting times!