Entries have been revealed for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, with 90 combinations entered and a further 24 pairs on the wait list, including two American pairs. The final field will have 85 combinations after the riders with more than two horses entered make their final selections on May 1.
Selena O’Hanlon and John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High are the sole pair entered for Canada and will make a second consecutive appearance at the event. Jenny Caras is entered for the U.S. with The Fernhill Fortitude Syndicate’s Fernhill Fortitude.
Two American pairs are on the wait list. Tamie Smith and Kevin Baumgardner’s Wembley are #5 on the waitlist. Woodge Fulton, who recently moved to Germany to work for Dirk Schrade, and the Full Moon Farm Syndicate’s Captain Jack are #15 on the wait list.
Last year’s winners Jonelle Price and Classic Moet will return to defend their title, challenged by a strong Kiwi contingent that includes Burghley winners Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, Andrew Nicholson and Swallow Springs, and Mark Todd and NZB Campino. Both Andrew and Mark are past Badminton winners.
The strong British contingent includes Burghley winners Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class, Laura Collett and Mr Bass in his highly anticipated Badminton debut; and 2018 WEG team gold medalists Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser and Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Past winners William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell also have multiple rides entered.
The two German entries include heavy favorites Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD, who won individual bronze at WEG last year and finished second at Badminton in 2015.
Australia’s entries include past Badminton winners Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh, as well as Chris Burton reunited with his 2018 WEG mount Cooley Lands.
The Irish contingent includes Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky, the individual and team silver medalists at WEG 2018 who come forward as strong contenders to take the win.
Click here to view the full entry list and wait list.