Michael Jung falls just short; Jock Paget’s clear round propelled him into the lead. In an afternoon filled with drama, here’s how it went down:
Fourth into show jumping, Andrew Nicholson put the pressure on with a clear round on Nereo, finishing on 40.2. William Fox-Pitt sadly had a rail out of the triple on Parklane Hawk, dashing his hopes at the Grand Slam. Second-placed after cross-country, Jock Paget and Clifton Promise had never jumped a clear round at a three-day until today, leaving no breathing room for Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam. In a completely shocking moment, the last rail fell for Michael Jung and Sam, a heartbreaking fence down, leaving Jock Paget and Clifton Promise the winners of Badminton 2013.
American Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister had an unfortunate two rails down, to drop down to 17th. Still, Tiana has to be pleased with her first Badminton performance.
After a double-clear round, Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master jumped up the leaderboard to 12th, from 22nd after cross-country. Way to go, Rebecca and Rupert!
Jenni Autry will be along shortly with a full report, photos, and videos. Stay tuned!