I read somewhere that after last year, Mark Todd said that the Badminton course was more like a 3 1/2* rather than a 4*. Be careful what you wish for. This year’s course was tough, made even tougher by bad weather. The result? Some of the top names in eventing didn’t complete the course.
Out of the 78 riders who started today only 35 finished — and that didn’t include Mark Todd, Andrew Nicholson, or William Fox-Pitt on at least one of their horses. No riders made the time and only 22 jumped clear. 12 riders completed but had one or more refusals. 25 riders were eliminated on cross country, 18 retired and five withdrew before cross country.
Sadly, the leader after dressage, Clark Montgomery retired Loughan Glen after a stop in Huntsman’s Close.
Not much video out there yet on XC but here’s a great snippet of Mary King making a fantastic save after the keyhole jump. Unfortunately, she retired on course soon after.