Badminton entries are finally live, and all eight American pairs that entered have been accepted. Those are:
Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister
Bruce Davidson and Park Trader
Bruce Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM
Will Faudree and Pawlow
Boyd Martin and Otis Barbotiere
Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4
Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen
Clark Montgomery and Universe
Considering the American contingent had to nervously wait last year for Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen and Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz to make it off the wait list, it’s a relief to see all eight pairs be accepted right away.
All the Americans — sans Clark with Glen and Buzz — are also cross-entered at Rolex, so now we’ll wait to see where the riders will ultimately choose to go. Boyd Martin might not have a choice considering he just had a rod put in his broken leg yesterday, but it’s still very much up in the air for the other pairs.
As for other EN favorites that have been accepted, Henny fans will be thrilled to see that Peter Atkins and Henry Jota Hampton have entered — Henny Badminton helmet cam anyone? — and Canadian superstars Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master are also on the list.
William Fox-Pitt has entered Cool Mountain, Bay My Hero, Chilli Morning and Parklane Hawk, while Andrew Nicholson has entered Quimbo, Avebury and Nereo. They’ll each have to pick just two ultimately. Bay My Hero is also cross-entered at Rolex, as are Quimbo and Avebury.
Interestingly, reigning WEG champions Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW — and the whole of the Germany contingent sans Kai-Steffen Meier — have chosen to forgo Badminton. I imagine that means they’ll be going to Luhmuhlen instead.
We’ll be back soon with much more on Badminton.