The leader board at Badminton is headed by Germany’s Kai Ruder, a Badminton first timer, riding and the only stallion in the field, Le Prince Des Bois. Kai rides with German team coach, Christopher Bartle (GBR). Christopher is a rising star within the national coaching ranks, and he is a name I have heard quietly mentioned as a potential candidate to fill the USA’s void after CMP steps down. But I digress. Kai seems humble and slightly surprised by his lead which is 5.2 points going into the cross-country tomorrow. Horse and Hound’s dressage recap, Badminton Blog dressage recap
Mark Todd’s Saturday video diary
Finally, if you don’t know about the pressures on Zara Phillips already, consider that one UK media outlet is running the headline that “Zara looks to make amends for poor start at Badminton.” Zara sits in 61st place on a 59.