Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Take Us Back to Badminton


What a funny couple of years it’s been — but on the eve of the first London International Horse Show (ordinarily colloquially known as Olympia) in two years, I’m thinking ahead to all the wonderful competitions returning to the calendar in 2022, all being well. Chief among those — in my heart, anyway — is Badminton, which always feels indescribably magical. I can’t wait to step through the archway into the sport’s most beautiful old stable yard; nor can I wait to feel the emotional pressure cooker of the mixed zone operating at full-tilt once again. The laughter, the tears, the cheers, and the adrenaline will be the perfect antidote to a couple of cautious years, and I can think of no year that summed up all those extremes better than 2014. Often remembered as the toughest Badminton in modern times, it was set upon by tricky weather conditions that allowed the war horse Paulank Brockagh to climb and climb and climb again to an eventual win with Australia’s Sam Griffiths. This highlights reel has my springtime butterflies hatching from their cocoons early. And no, it’s not because of Ludwig Svennerstal‘s Jason Derulo impression.

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