Live Badminton Cross Country Updates [Clark and Glen Retire On Course]

Welcome to Eventing Nation’s open thread for cross country at Badminton Horse Trials. I’ll be keeping you updated on all the action as I follow along here in the press center. Go Eventing.

Scroll down for detailed comments on our North Americans, but here’s a quick update on what’s been happening:

  • Clark Montgomery and Universe retired at Huntsmans Close
  • Peter Atkins and Henry Jota Hampton retired at the Outlander Bank
  • Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister had a runout at Huntsmans Close
  • Rebecca Howard fell from  Riddle Master at the Mirage Pond
  • Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen retired at Huntsmans Close

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Scores after cross country:

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5:53 p.m. BST: And Andrew Nicholson and Nereo part ways at the Gatehouse New Pond. That’s the last pair on course. Your top three after this wild and crazy cross-country day are Paul Tapner and Kilronan on 56.4, Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy on 61.6, and Pascal Leroy on Minos De Petra on 62.5. Stay tuned for the full report.
5:51 p.m. BST: Just devastating. A refusal at 23B at the big corner at Huntsmans Close for Clark and Glen. He retired after.
5:45 p.m. BST: STILL CLEAR! They’re heading to the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound at fence 18.

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5:43 p.m. BST: We’re back underway now. Clark and Glen have been restarted. GO CLARK! GO GLEN!

5:35 p.m. BST: A huge gasp in the press center as William Fox-Pitt falls at the Countryside Hedges just a few fences from home. Looks like Parklane Hawk left a leg. He is up and OK. 5:32 p.m. BST: Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen on course now! USA USA USA!

5:26 p.m. BST: And now Mark Todd’s score has been updated AGAIN to remove the runout at The Lake.

5:22 p.m. BST: Mark Todd’s score has now been updated to include a runout after the debacle at The Lake, when he blew past the boat at B and plowed into the deep water. The picture below pretty much says it all.
5:17 p.m. BST: Think Toddy fancied a swim:
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5:10 p.m. BST: Total chaos at Badminton with three major incidents happening back to back to back. Sarah Bullimore and Valentino V had a very scary rotational fall at 18a at the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound. Both are OK. Mark Todd and Leonidas II jumped huge into The Lake at 9 and went swimming into the deep water but recovered! Then Redesigned hung a leg on 18c at the Mound and Pippa Funnell got tipped off.


5:05 p.m. BST: Heartbreaker as Ludwig Svennerstal and King Bob and Gemma Tattersal and Arctic Soul have been eliminated for jumping the wrong side of the flag at Huntsmans Close.

5 p.m. BST: Tom McEwen and Diesel survived a hairy moment at the Outlander Bank before picking up a stop at the Mirage Pond. The horse jumped all the way to the bottom of the mound:

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4:55 p.m. BST: Ludwig Svennerstal has brought both his rides — King Bob and Alexander — home clear and is sitting inside the top 10 with both of them. An amazing accomplishment considering how tough this track has proved to be.


4:51 p.m. BST: Emily Llewellyn and Greenwood Sky High jump 18c out of trot at the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound. That was gutsy! 4:49 p.m. BST: Huge cheer from crowd as Oliver Townend delivers a clear with Armada to move into 4th place provisionally. Amazing ride!

4:42 p.m. BST: And I spoke too soon. Reality 39 literally sat down on top of 23c at Huntsmans Close. Sara fell when the horse scrambled off the fence:

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4:37 p.m. BST: Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Reality 39 take an amazing flyer at the Vicarage Vee! They’re having a fantastic round so far: Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 4.39.16 PM

4:35 p.m. BST: It’s so windy here that the port-a-potties are blowing over! Rain still falling on and off. Very miserable conditions for these horses and riders.

4:27 p.m. BST: The fence analysis has now been updated to show that Tiana and Finn did have a runout at 23c at Huntsmans Close. They’re score has been updated to 89.3.

4:24 p.m. BST: Jonelle Price the next rider to retire with The Deputy after blowing by 5B at Saville’s Staircase.





4:05 p.m. BST: The fence analysis has now been updated to show Tiana and Finn as clear. I’ve texted her to clarify what exactly happened at Huntsmans Close. Standby.

4:02 p.m. BST: We’re back underway with Nick Gauntlett on course now with Grand Manoeuvre.

3:55 p.m. BST: We have a hold on course now while the crew fixes fence 7, where Rebecca and Rupert broke the frangible pin.

3:52 p.m. BST: Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master broke the frangible pin at 7 at the Team GBR Silver Birch, then recovered well for The Lake and Outlander Bank. But then they parted ways at the Mirage Pond. Rebecca is up and OK. Hope Rupert is OK after hitting the fence hard:

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3:40 p.m. BST: For those of you looking at the live scores and seeing Tiana and Finn marked as going clear, she is one of the riders without a fence analysis recorded at this point, which could mean the ground jury is looking at whether she took the right way through the long route at Vicarage Vee after missing a flag there on the direct route. It definitely looked to me like she also had a runout at Huntsmans Close, but I would love to be wrong!

3:36 p.m. BST: Louisa Milne Holme gives huge pats to King Eider after he takes care of her through the Mirage Pond at fence 16. What an awesome horse:

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3:25 p.m. BST: Tiana telling Radio Badminton she thinks she missed a flag at Vicarage Vee, which is why she went around to the long route there.

3:23 p.m. BST: Tiana on Finn’s effort to swim through the mud at Badminton: “He’s just such a dude. I love him to bits.” California flavor on Radio Badminton!

3:21 p.m. BST: Finn absolutely tried his heart out at Huntsmans Close. Bless him:

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3:19 p.m. BST: Tiana gives big pats to Finn as they complete with one stop and about 1 minute outside the optimum time. They’re the 17th pair to complete the course.

3:17 p.m. BST: Finn scrambled over the first corner at Huntsmans Close at 18b and then stopped at the next corner at 18c.

3:13 p.m. BST: Tiana and Finn clear through the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound at 18. They took the long route at the Vicarage Vee. Here they are at the Outlander Bank:

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3:05 p.m. BST: Bummer of a runout at 5b for Tina Cook and DeNovo News at Savills Escaltor. Tiana and Finn on course now! They are in 14th place after dressage. Tiana looks to be setting a conservative pace so far.


3:04 p.m. BST: Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister one way. USA USA USA!

2:57 p.m. BST: Badminton is not the place to take flyers! Peter Flarup and Calista E fell at fence 8, the Rolex Grand Slam Triple Bar. Both are up and fine. This lovely mare was in 9th place after dressage.

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2:55 p.m. BST: Skip On got hung up in the own hole at the Outlander Bank, and Sarah Stretton tumbled through and down the mound. Both are up and OK.

2:52 p.m. BST: We’re back underway now.


2:47 p.m. BST: We have a hold on course while the long route at the Vicarage Vee gets some repairs. Lots of riders taking that route with the going proving to be so tough.


2:42 p.m. BST: Wendy Schaeffer becomes the 15th finisher with Koyuna Sun Dancer.






2:31 p.m. BST: Sarah Ennis takes the long route at Huntsmans Close at fence 23, just trying to get home at this point after having two stops earlier in the course. As a reminder of how big these corners are, see below. Horses need to have enough left to get through here:

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2:28 p.m. BST: Francis Whittington said in his Radio Badminton interview that it was a tough decision to pull up at Huntsmans Close just a few from home, but Easy Target had nothing left coming to those big corners there. “It’s the rider’s job to make those decisions” and protect the welfare of the horse, he said.



2:23 p.m. BST: Paul Tapner said in his Radio Badminton interview that he thought Clark Montgomery set out too fast with Universe, and Buzz just ran out of steam by the time they got to Huntsman’s Close. After seeing how tired the horses are even at the halfway mark in the course with the footing so deep, I fear he’s right. Riders are now setting out at a slower place.




2:14 p.m. BST: More heartbreak at Badminton. Lucinda Fredericks pulled up Flyish Finish after fence 5 at Savills Escalator when they horse went lame; they were sitting in fourth place overnight. Then Mark Kyle and Coolio had a scary fall at the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound at fence 18. Both up and OK.

2:12 p.m. BST: 51 seconds over the time for Paul Tapner and Kilronan, but who cares? He doesn’t! They go into the lead on 56.4:

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2:05 p.m. BST: Carolyne Ryan-Bell having a rough go with Rathmoyle King around the course. Horse barely making it over the jumps and probably should be pulled up. Yikes:

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2:02 p.m. BST: Paul Tapner and Kilronan on course now; they are sitting in second place overnight. Goal at this point is just to get home. Time practically becoming a non factor, and Paul definitely setting out conservatively.


2 p.m. BST: Eight clears so far, though none have made time: Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy, Pascal Leroy and Minos de Petra, Pippa Funnell and Billy Beware, Harry Meade and Wild Lone, Ludwig Svennerstal and Alexander, Andrew Heffernan and Millthyme Corolla, Kai-Steffen Meier and TSF Karascada M, and Marcio Carvalho Jorge and Josephine MCJ.




1:40 p.m. BST: Two broken elbows? No problem for local favorite Harry Meade and Wild Lone. They are the 10th pair to complete:

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1:36 p.m. BST: Yet another retirement, this time from Michael Owen and The Highland Prince after a runout at the boat, 9b at The Lake. That’s the 8th retirement.

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1:28 p.m. BST: Glengarnock slams on the  brakes with Paul Sims at 18c at the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound. Radio Badminton: “Thank God 18b was removed” since complex still riding tough even with missing middle element.

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1:25 p.m. BST: Check out the cross-country fence analysis at Badminton so far. That’s a lot of X’s …

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1:19 p.m. BST: The carnage on course is even happening in warmup:


1:11 p.m. BST: Peter Atkins retires Henny at 13b, the Outlander Bank, after two runouts. Out of 16 riders, just four have completed the course.

1:07 p.m. BST: Peter Atkins and Henry Jota Hampton out on course now. Radio Badminton gave Peter a shoutout for his helmet cams, “which are very popular in America.” Hell yes they are! Run Henny Run!


1:04 p.m. BST: After the horse was visibly tiring toward the end of the course, Francis Whittington pulled up Easy Target at the big corners at fence 23, Huntsmans Close. They were in third place after dressage. That’s the same place Clark Montgomery retired. Horse’s need to have enough gas left to get through those corners — they are massive.




12:49 p.m. BST: So bummed for Clark. Buzz looked amazing! We didn’t have any footage of the second half of their trip here in the press center, but it was reported that they broke a frangible pin at some point later in the course. Though it doesn’t matter now that they’ve retired, the ground jury can award 21 penalties for breaking a frangible pin under FEI rule 548.1.

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12:45 p.m. BST: Clark Montgomery and Universe were having a cracking round but had a runout at fence 23b, one of the big corners at Huntsmans Close. Clark retired Buzz there.


12:36 p.m. BST: Mark Todd hops back on NZB Campino after falling on top of the fence after the horse stopped at the big corner at fence 12, the Shogun Hollow. He’s fine, but that’s an unfortunate elimination; they were in 5th place overnight.

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12:31 p.m. BST: Check out this Superman leap Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo took over the Vicarage Vee:

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12:29 p.m. BST: Surprising stop for Andrew Nicholson and 2013 Rolex winner Quimbo at the up bank of the Outlander Bank. He then retired on course at fence 17, the FEI Classics Stick Pile. Three of the five riders on course have now retired.

12:27 p.m. BST: Bill Levett has been eliminated for his third refusal, which came at the Vicarage Vee. He had the other two stops with Silk Stone — the first at fence 10, the KBIS Garden Table, and fence 13, the Outlander Bank.


12:20 p.m. BST: Tom McEwen had a stop at 13a at the Outlander Bank and has retired on course at the Mirage Pond, fence 16.

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12:11 p.m. BST: Check out how massive this corner is at 22b, the ISH Studbook Huntsmans Close, where Izzy Taylor and  KBIS Briarlands Matilda had their runout.

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11:51: a.m. BST: It’s pouring down rain on and off with just minutes until the first horse sets out on course. It’s going to be very wet and muddy all day long.

11:45 a.m. BST: Just 15 minutes to go until Izzy Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda set out on course at noon BST. Here’s a look at EN’s homebase for the day courtesy of our friends at Revolution Sport. And don’t forget to follow along with Chinch’s adventures today on our Instagram. Check out EN’s guide to watching Badminton here to watch live.


11:30 a.m. BST: We’ve already had a busy morning, with two horses being withdrawn: William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain and Annabel Wigley and Frog Rock. In addition to fence 18b, a skinny log on a sharp angle at the Swindon Designer Outlet Mound which was removed from the course yesterday, fence 26, the second wall at the Horse Quest Quarry has also now been removed due to the soggy footing conditions. The optimum time has been updated to 11 minutes 21 seconds.

We're in for a muddy day at Badminton. Photo via @RevolutionSport Twitter.

We’re in for a muddy day at Badminton. Photo via @RevolutionSport Twitter.

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