What better way to kick off spring than with a released list of Badminton 2023 competitors? With only 45 days until the 2023 Badminton Horse Trials, presented by MARS Equestrian begins, the event is coming up right around the corner! We’re taking an early look into the accepted entries released today.
There are currently 88 entries, with a strong showing from Great Britain, and riders representing Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States as well.
For the United States, we’ll see Katherine Coleman and first time 5* mount Monbeg Senna, Lillian Heard Wood with long-time partner LCC Barnaby, and Lauren Nicholson with Pratoni mount Vermiculus.
Oliver Townend has five accepted entries in Swallow Springs, Cooley Rosalent, As Is, Pratoni partner Ballaghmor Class, and Tregilder, though due to FEI regulations he will have to narrow those entries down to two come competition time.
We see a strong field overall, with numerous competitors from the 2022 FEI World Championships – Pratoni:
– Michael Winter (CAN) with El Mundo
– Ros Canter (GBR) with Lordships Graffalo and Pencos Crown Jewel
– Laura Collett (GBR) with Dacapo and London 52
– Tom McEwen (GBR) with Toledo De Kerser and CHF Cooliser
– Oliver Townend with Swallow Springs, Cooley Rosalent, As Is, Ballaghmor Class, and Tregilder
– Susie Berry (IRL) with Ringwood LB
– Padraig McCarthy (IRL) with HHS Noble Call
– Austin O’Connor (IRL) with Colorado Blue
– Aistis Vitkauskas (LTU) and Commander VG
– Amanda Pottinger (NZL) with Just Kidding
– Tim Price (NZL) with rides Coup de Coeur Dudevin and Vitali
– Felix Vogg (SUI) with Cartania
– Lauren Nicholson (USA) with Vermiculus
While we would typically see a wait list with entries above the initial cut-off at 85, there are just 83 entries to go forward with in 2023. The 2023 Badminton Horse Trials will also have a significant schedule change to allow for flexibility around King Charles III’s coronation, which will take place on Saturday, May 6. Ordinarily, this would be cross country day at Badminton, but the schedule has been adjusted to have dressage on Friday and Saturday with a competition break for coronation, followed by cross country Sunday and show jumping Monday.
Tickets must be purchased ahead of the event, with early bird pricing through the end of March. Find more information on tickets and the event schedule on the Badminton Horse Trials website.