Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018

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Arrived late on afternoon of day 1 Dessage which if you know us isnt surprising for 2 reasons, 1 = Tilson Time and 2 = Dressage is not our favourite phase and 1 day will probably be enough. ( Thats our excuse now anyway). A quick park up set up solar unit and headed of on a stroll through Badminton Wood and into the show, what an eye opener, this place is huge.

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Friday morning saw us head back into the show and watch a bit of dressage, including Mark Todd’s leading ride. Then off on a XC course walk, our advice had been to walk it on the Friday so you arnt fighting the crowds on XC day.

Impressions:

1,  Amazingly built and finished

2, Big and long

3, Very very technical combinations

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Huntsmans Close B & C, 2 stride opposite angled

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Maximum sized 4 star
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Really difficult Combination, built across contour through trees 2 types of corners and an upright on top of a steep hill. So many options here as well. 2nd part of complex below.

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Combination in and out of water. Front fence drop into water on frangible pins that caused a few breakage penalties, followed by a big oxer on far side 1 stride up out of water.
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Nice easy Let up Fence
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A
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B  (both B jumps giving different options through to C fences)
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C, ( looks big from this angle , but on approach this was so skinny)
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The Turn for Home, 5 minute marker.

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The famous Vicarage V. Changes this year saw the bank on this side built up and the tall posts put in to give  the jump more definition. It worked as this jumped very well.
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Shogun Hollow A & B,
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And 2 short strides up hill to C, very skinny.
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Another let up Fence

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So a few other shots from cross country day. Huge crowd,

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Pony Club Fence Card Runners

So a great day had seated mainly by Shoguns Hollow with Mandy Jardin, as we could see about 6 fences from here. Later in afternoon wandered back to The lake and managed to get onto grandstand here as well. Was great to watch Jonelle storm through the water and then race across the course to see her jump last few fences as well.

End of XC day saw Susie, Mandy, Margaret Mitchell and myself enjoying a few Pimms Lakeside before wandering back to Miss Stella. Proud Kiwis flying the Flag.

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Sunday Morning, beautiful fine clear day for trot up and showjumping.

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The morning session for those riders below the top 20, saw rails falling and time faults making a bit of a mess of the score board, especially fence 1, a parallel heading back towards the entry gate and a set of upright planks.

After lunch saw the arrival of the Royals etc and then into the top 20, rails continued to fall and it was a nervous crowd right to the end with Jonelle Price rattling just about every 2nd fence, but the “luck of the kiwi” held and they stayed up.

What an amazing feeling being in the crowd through this presentation, actually with a few other Kiwis with our flags draped across the hoardings,  are probably background for quite a few press photos.

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