Forty-six combinations will move to show jumping at Badminton Horse Trials following a tense final horse inspection this morning.
The ground jury of Martin Plewa, Christina Klingspor, Anne-Mette Binder sent five horses to the holding box: Alex Bragg’s mount Zagreb, Oliver Townend’s mount Samuel Thomas II, Tina Cook’s mount Billy The Red, Astier Nicolas’ mount Piaf de b’Neville, and Lissa Green’s mount Malin Head Clover. Both Zagreb and Malin Head Clover were withdrawn from the holding box.
Our two remaining American horses, Team Rebecca’s Veronica and the Donner Syndicate’s Donner, both looked fantastic this morning thanks to the dedicated work of super grooms Shannon Kinsley and Kendyl Tracy.
While we definitely saw some tired horses, we saw others that looked ready to have another go at Eric Winter’s cross country course. Both Alice Naber-Lozeman’s mount ACSI Harry Belafonte and Cathal Daniels’ mount Rioghan Rua received a hearty round of applause from the spectators after exuberant trips down the jog strip — before the ground jury could could even announce they had been accepted!
Three cheers for Jessica Cudden, groom to Ciaran Glynn’s mount November Night, for receiving the award for the best presented horse.
Emily Gilruth, who fell yesterday at fence 3 with Topwood Beau, remains in intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol undergoing further treatment. The EN team continues to send best wishes to Emily for a speedy recovery.
Shanghai Joe remains in the care of the Badminton vet team with a suspected fractured shoulder after slipping and falling yesterday in the stabling area following Shane Rose’s fall at fence 19 on cross country. Shane posted the following update on his Facebook page last night:
“He is resting comfortably and further X-rays and scans will be performed in the coming days to accurately assess the damage and treatment going forward. It is wonderful to be a part of the eventing family. So many people came to Nugget’s aid today and for that we are truly grateful. Thank you to everyone that helped out and also to those who have offered messages of support.”
The first part of show jumping starts at 11:30 a.m. BST/6:30 EST, with the top 20 jumping at 2:45 p.m. BST/9:45 a.m. EST. All the details on how to watch live are here.
Watch a full video of the final horse inspection here: