With a perfect show jumping round, William Fox-Pitt secured the lead in the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, overtaking Andrew Nicholson who had lead the field on Nereo after Cross Country. In a rare misstep, Nicholson misjudged the second jump and then had two rails, moving him down to 6th place.
Chilli Morning, a 15 year old Trakehner-TB cross, is the first stallion to win an elite four-star event anywhere in the world. Watching Fox-Pitt ride him, you’d think he wasn’t very large. In fact, he’s 16.3 — it’s just that William Fox-Pitt is 6’5″. I am always impressed by Fox-Pitt’s amazing balance and body control. He is a master at staying out of his horses’ way and just letting them jump.
Here are some highlights from the event:
Here’s an interview with William after his win:
And since there’s not much on YouTube yet that shows the cross country course, an animated fly through of the event.