Clare Balding presents coverage from the final day of the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials. This year's event draws to a close with the enthralling showjumping stage.
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What a competition. My word! Such a partnership, these two. It is
exceptional. What a fabulous combination. Pure class as a rider.
# # That was easy. He's way over it. Welcome to one of the most iconic
and picturesque sporting events anywhere in the world. This is
Badminton House. It dooms back to the Doomsday Book and it has been
the home to the Dukes of Beuford. Since 1949 it has been home to the
Badminton Horse Trials. The course country course stretches over four
miles and it is this course, this place, it is this title which has
brought riders from Australia, France, Great Britain, from Ireland
- from all over the globe, because they want to compete here, ride
around here and win here, at Badminton.
The hot title to win this weekend is the man who has dominated the sport,
he's the European champion and stands on the verge of doing
something which only one rider, Pippa Funnell, has ever achieved
before because the Rolex Grand Slamming of events offers ?240,000
prize to any rider who can win our Leigh, Ken tuckry and Badminton. He
won the other two this year. He could become the first German ever
to win Badminton. The winner of the Rolex 2016. To
complete the Grand Slam is a big challenge. Just one person won it
before. It is very difficult to have all three.
I think my horse is one of the best horses in the world. For me he's a
very good friend. Many years I have been with him - he was five years
old. He's a very special horse, very powerful in the cross-country. He
won nearly everything - European Championship 2011. Kentucky, 2010.
The Olympic Games in London, 2012. So, he's a very special horse. And
very excited for me was the win in Burleigh last year - it was a big
competition. He's very pierful. He listens to the rider. He -- patient
and he listens to the rider. It makes me happy. The Grand Slam is
always in my head because I won the two competitions before. I would
like to give him not too much pressure. I would like to ride him
as a normal competition. For me, in my head, we are normal and relaxed
and the horse will feel the same. When you sit on the horse and you,
as a rider, you know it from so many years and many competitions, then
you have is peerns and then you have to trust in each other. --
experience and then you have to trust in each other. Badminton is
one of the biggest competitions in the world. Every rider will win one
time in their life. The one man who might have stopped him is pit pit
pit. William Pitt. He's thankful to be here at all. It is William Fox
Pitt's title for 2015. It started brilliantly. I won
Badminton and then at the end of the year I unexpected had a crunching
fall at the World Championships for horses in France. I was knocked out.
I was in an induced coma for ten days. It is one of those freak
things. Do you remember anything at all about the fall and the recovery
in hospital in France? My memory has been really weird. I remember
certain things on certain days and not other days. Like, in France
where the accident happened, I don't remember even having my horse there.
The horse that fell was, as far as I remember, he wasn't even there.
Whereas I remember riding my other horse cross-country that morning. I
remember doing dressage and cross-country, but the other horse,
my brain has moved away. When you were in hospital recovering,
obviously there was a long period of uncertainty and you, I am thinking
are pretty unaware of that, so your wife, Alice is taking the brunt of
the worrying? Absolutely. I was completely oblivious. I had the
nicest accident and rehab time, in a nice coma and coming around and
relaxed. It was the poor people that were there - poor Alice. That first
sort of 24 hours nobody would say anything. You know when nobody says
anything that it has to be bad. I think my first view of him in
hospital was what you dread. All the specialists there said, do you know
what, we just don't know because head injuries are so individual. We
don't which bits are damaged and what will come back. And then the
first time he squeezed my hand, you know, it's just so bizarre that
small things like that are like, it will for ever stay with me. How much
was the drive to ride again? To compete again - the fact the
Olympics are this summer? When I got out of rehab, I and I got home, I
thought, right I will ride by Christmas. It got me back in the
saddle. I can still ride. Because my balance was dodgy and my sight had
gone. It gave me pleasure to be on a horse, not to be jumping or
schooling, but to go for a nice hack. I know I am not quite me. I
know I am a little bit slow. I am a little bit unreactive. My sight has
now come back. My sight was a very good reminder, because I had double
and blurred vision for five months. I weirdly lost all sense of
adrenaline. My first few events were like I was riding at home. Normally
you go to events and get excited and look forward to that cross-country
course and going for it. It was like watching somebody else do it. Now I
am getting a little bit more butterflies are going, a bit of
pressure on. I think I am getting sharper all the time now. But you
have to be realistic, I imagine the withdrawal from Badminton is a hint
of realism? That was a real sadness. I knew it would be soon, but it was
not meant to be. We had a fall at Western Park. People would have
said, he really has had a fall on the head. So, enough was enough. I
held my hands up and I thought, you know what, last year was great, I am
very lucky to be riding Chilli Morning. He would not do it if he
didn't believe he could as well as he's done it. He's focussed and now
when he's riding as well as he always does, it is like the magic is
back. Just great to see William looking and sounding in such good
form. He will ride at Chatsworth next weekend, a first in a new
series. He will have to wait until July to know whether the British
selectors have given him the green light for Rio. Plenty of people here
hope to catch their eye. High Kingdom won silver in London 2012
with Zara Phillips. The aim is to get to Rio this summer. Trying to
get qualified. It is great to be back at Badminton.lily matly,
getting a result here is -- ultimately getting a result here, if
I do it will work towards qualification. How is he? He's in
good form, actually. Had a quiet year last year, so hopefully that
has saved his legs a bit. He's in great form. Looking forward to
having him around a proper track. He's a proper four-star horse,
anyway. How are you? Fit and ready for the challenge. It is nice to be
back at the top events. That is what we aim to be there for. You have
lots of examples of top-class riders around you who have had children and
come back and been better. Have you felt any different in your approach,
in the way you prepare, in the way of your riding since you've had a
baby? I think you... A lot is getting your confidence back and
your body into the shape that it was in before, which, you know, it does
take a lot out of you. If there was, if you had a chance to achieve
anything in your career, how high does winning Badminton come on the
list of dreams? I think probably in our family, following my father's
footsteps, to having an engraving on the trophy would be very high on my
and probably family as well, on their list. And the big thing with
him is you know and you trust him. You know each other. We know each
other. We have been in partnership for a long time now. I have had him
since he was a five-year-old. He is experienced. He's great fun. He's
such great fun to ride. He's brave and he loves his job. All these
things help you try and get the best out of each other. And have good
results and hopefully be there right to the end.
Zara is one of 77 competitors setting out, hoping to win the
Mitsubishi Motors trophy. Over the last ten years we've had ten
different winners. Here are some of the major contenders for 2016.
Badminton means everything. It is an event that I have watched since I
was a child. I have dreamt of coming tond a it's probably the most
important -- coming to and it is probably the most important event in
the world. I have been lucky to be first, second, third. It has been a
really good positive event for me from the beginning of my career.
Badminton is a very special place. I have watched all the videos since I
was a boy so I know the place fairly well. Every time you come here you
tell yourself not to be too excited. It is a nerve-racking place. I would
love to do well at Badminton, of course. The intensity of this
competition, the build-up, the other competitors, standard, the course,
the atmosphere and the fans - it really is the best event in the
world. I think most riders looking to go to the Olympics, Badminton is
important to prove yourself and your horse to get selected. What better
place to do it? If you can get on the podium here, I would think you
are straight on the team. It is just fantastic to be here at
Badminton. It is a most magical event. The crowd and spectators are
so passionate and behind every horse and rider. We come here with a
preparation that has gone to plan Coco or One Too Many is in great
form and we've left no stone left unturned. It is a strong
competition. It is an Olympic year. All we can do is our absolute best
and that is what we will be giving 100% our very best. The first part
of the test is dressage - a series of set moves which test the
suppleness, the balance and agility of a horse. Think of it as ballet on
four legs a and the Germansing sell at it. This was one of only three
scores in the 30s and that was excellent. It was beautiful. My
horse was so lovely and he was so much with me. I was able from the
moment to going into the arena to going out that I completely enjoyed
it from the beginning to the end. At 20 Emily King is the youngest
rider here. This feels like home. She has been coming since a baby,
with her mother the two-time champion Mary King. She has been
working on her dressage and she got a score of 36.8. Absolutely over the
moon. My horse was incredible. He is, we all knew he was capable of
doing a good test. Luckily so far we have grown to the occasion at the
bigger events. Leading to the way to no-one's surprise is Michael Jung
who once again showed not just accuracy and fluency, but an
incredible harmony between him and his horse, Sam, who seems to
understand what is required, and puts on a show without being too
flashy, does everything that is asked and their score of 34.4 was
better than anyone else. I am happy about my horse. Sam did a very good
job. Now I am looking forward to the cross-country. My horse is in very
good form. He feels very happy at this place. I think that we are
lucky enough for tomorrow. Let's look at the top 12. Michael
Jung setting the pace ahead of Emily King. A good chance for Francis
Whittington on Hasty Imp. This will not be a dressage
competition, this cross-country course is long and really tough. The
first rider on the horse is Oliver Townend. They finished second
together two years ago and they have come here to the Horse Quest Quarry.
Such a canny horse. He's 17 now. He is very clever. You see the
undulations on the course, that can be tiring as well. Away he goes, to
huge applause from this massive crowd. Now let's pick up commentary
on the cross-country. These three strides here looking
relatively friendly. The riders in the start box will get a lot of
confidence from the way these fences have been riding so far.
This is the influential part of the course. So is Sarah Bullimore coming
to the quarry. There is a big hole there at the bottom of the dip. No
problem for Sarah. A tight turn back. Very vertical w a big drop and
then quickly back up the hill. Nice and close. A good turn away.
Here we are at 17, 18 and 19 - the New Pond. We have come up a steep
hill before we get to the rails of the vertical. Not a fence we
particularly like as riders, but the Birch rails are a nice, light fence
which the horses can see clearly, followed by a steep drop down into
the water. Then the distance to the all important parallel at 14 before
we make the turn to the big corner. Fence 18 - the parallel in the
middle of the water jump, something we have not seen a lot of as riders.
It is a test of scope. Jumping out of water is difficult for horses
auven you see a brush in the water which is smaller. This is testing
their scope and power. I am late in the draw. I think there
is a four and a five-stride to this oxer. We will not want to get it
wrong because we don't want to get stuck on the back rail. In the
unfortunate event of that happening the course designer has been modern
- so you will get away unscathed, although you will occur penalties.
Fence 19 the big right angled corner. It has been kind in
numbering. Riders will have to be accurate. If they drift off their
line, it becomes unjumpable. You will see so many riders pop it by
the flag and make light work of it. It is a good fence, but a very
testing fence. COMMENTATOR: very intensive part of the course. It
will set you up for an optimum time. He doesn't get a great shot, but
jumps it. He is seven seconds up. That is a good start.
Here we have the vicarage Visa. I have jumped it about 30 times. Some
fences combine everything. The boldness, because of the width and
the height of the fence. But you need to be exactly on the right line
for the horses to be able to do it easily. Other fences you have bold
fences and different fences, accurate ones, but this one has it
all. Important to get on your exact line and make sure the horse, your
horse is going to notice the ditch. It is more of a rider frightener.
You have got to be precise so the horse doesn't pay the price of you
being slightly offline. Some horses will come and start to get a bit
wary about the ditch and jump off to the right and miss then and have a
20 penalties run out. I would rather than happen than just less and land
in the muddy ditch. But touch wood I haven't got muddy. Hopefully that
will continue for me! Olly Townend at the Vicarage Vee. Izzy Taylor
with Mattila coming to the pond. These fairly upright houses. The
riders consider this an easier fence this year. We are looking at the old
Irish bank and the red route the long route. Severing seconds more on
the blue route. This man at the moment is going all the short
routes. Armada looking strong and positive again and away from the
Outlander Bank. Heading up now to the hollow. A test of accuracy.
4.20. He is in a good place at the moment. Getting a great rhythm.
Great shot. Straight as a dye. At this stage of the course, the horses
are starting to feel tired. We need to have the horses awake. We have
jumped the cars and we can't afford to cut the corner and head out into
the lake off to the right, because the water gets very deep. I have
just about had a swim there! We need to make sure our turn is finished
and that we are actually heading in the direction that we want. We need
to have the horses with the hocks under them, prepared and because it
is a brush fence this year I think we can attack it a bit and make sure
we get the horses in. There is a bit of a drop on the landing side. We
need to be sitting up, balanced so the horses are balanced and ready to
go for the way out. This is where I would hopefully be landing. I'm six
foot three, it is a proper six foot drop. You need to be sitting up when
you land here. Through the lake here and it is important to keep the
horse balanced and keep them moving forward. This brush fence on the way
out here which I think this year helps a bit. Sometimes with a low
bank jumping out of water, horses can misread it. This is a proper
fence. They have to jump it well and then two strides to the narrow
bullfinch. The element here narrow, a little bit wide. The horses
normally coming out of the lake, they want to get out and they will
jump this and we can gallop on to finish the course. In the history of
this competition the lake comes as late as it has ever been. Will it
have an influence? Perhaps looks softer. But again a good time. That
green time. Here is the big drop. Beautifully controlled. Lovely
rhythm through the lake and again just asked the horse to extend. This
is a wonderful start for this great cross country course. Just really
needed to be attacking more. But they can go the alternative. She has
got to have her wits about her. Matilda is saying I have had enough.
Izzy puts her hand up and probably sensible. This great mare said, this
is one too many, mum. Thank you very much. Oliver Townend within half a
mile of home. These are big hedges on the side of a hill. Not always
easy to keep the horse together. Particularly when they maybe getting
weary. We are looking for that time of 11.58. There is many who don't
think there will be too many clear inside the time. Sarah Buliimore,
she stands off a bit. Elimination for Sarah. There is a chicane coming
into that fence and the horses don't see it that early. She comes around
the corner and there is no stride there and the horse picks almost one
too quickly. You notice pins on the back of the oxer broke. So sadly the
end of their day. Here is Armada flying for home. The Has given this
competition a great start. He will be inside. That is a sensational
opening. This man has knocked on the selector's doors. 46.02. You made
that look easy. How did it ride? It is tougher than it looks. Armada is
a machine cross country, is perhaps not what he used to be two or three
years ago. He is definitely getting older. So I had to work a bit. But
he wants to do it. He is just amazing. Of the fences you think
will cause the most trouble. Th Vicarage V EE, it is hard work.
There we have for France Jean Teulere. Gwendolen
Fer has brought a big consin gent. -- contingent. She has been here
before and was not successful. But she is looking a lot brighter
prospect now. A sharp right to the big wall. Safe and sound. One of the
most successful riders in the world isn't competing, but it is a good
thing to see him looking fit and well, Andrew Nicholson, the last
people heard you were seriously injured a of a fall last August.
What happened and how are you? I hurt my neck in a fall. I had a very
good surgeon, who fixed me up and now I'm back in action. I wasn't
quite ready to ride. I didn't feel I could be competitive enough to be up
in the leaders. I thought it was best to watch on foot. When you say
you hurt you neck, what did you actually do? I don't sort of
understand all of the... Proper terms of it all. Apart from I
smashed one of the vertebras in my neck, it shattered and they have
taken it out and replaced it with some metalwork and bolted a few bits
together and here we are. Well Jean has been part of French team since
the 80s and it shows. A brilliant judge and he is one of the quickest
so far. The scores so close after the
dressage. At the Mirage Popped. No problems for Gwendolen Fer.
Jean not hanging around here. A beautiful jump. Then this tight
turn. The crowds are right up against the rail, but his horse is
not paying any attention to them. He's totally focussed. A great jump
in. A little bit of re-balance. Makes it look like child's play.
Sam Griffiths on this very horse - he won here before - he's been in
good form in the warm-up. He's been away in the early stages of this
course. Gwendolen Fer at the Shoogun Hollow.
She gets underknead that. Sits upright and keeps her leg on and
forces the horse through. Jean into the main arena. He's had a great
ride around here. He is flying. Look at the time. Is he going to make it?
It will be tight. He has an in-built clock in this head of his. Let's
make it... Nearly there. One second over. But there is a big smile on
the Frenchman's face. So there should be - excellent!
Sam Griffiths at the Mound. Australia looking to have a good
squad for Rio. Over the big log. Has he... Oh, no, he's just shot past
that right flag and when you look at that route the horse doesn't see the
question. You have to have a bending line. It just offers that option to
duck by. So, that is one of the big guns with 20 penalties on his card.
Quite a surprise. And Gwendoline, she gets there. More organised
there. She comes towards the end of the course. It is the Olympic and
European champion, Jung. They have achieved that Olympic title. He's
got a great team of horses. The crucial part here, he's won two
consecutive legs of the Rolex Grand Slam. If he happened to win here
then he could be in line for $350,000 as a Grand Slam prize of
eventing. The man is up for it, believe me. He had a great win in
Kentucky last week and he set off in a very positive mood. Two lovely big
hedges to get the horses away. Opening up. They are such stylish
and they make it look so easy. And look at this time - the French
will be singing and happy. They will be delighted with. This two of their
great riders and Gwendolen Fer punching the air inside the time.
This is looking positive for the French for Rio.
Well, what is really showing up in this course is positive riding. One
rider with conviction, you will get that from 33-year-old Michael Jung.
He won his Olympic title on his 30th birthday, of course, in 2012. Just
started, Jesse Campbell from New Zealand. A very talented young rider
and probably as tall as Mark Todd with his long legs.
And really... Beautifully ridden. So balanced, so controlled.
Michael Jung at the Mound, with his horse. This has caused a problem or
two. Gets underneath the log. A super line out. This man is looking
110%. This one is not looking so bad
either. Yes, and really punches with strides, looking positive, good and
looking classy. Michael Jung with his horse at the
New Pond. You can see his time at the moment.
Target time 5: 33. This, so intense sieve this section.
Is-the-is where it can be won or -- this is where it can be won or lost.
If you go behind the clock on this intense section, we will get a
chance to see how he's doing it. He makes his way over the Rolex Grand
Slam hedge. Now watch the time here. It is from the Mound to the Vicarage
skaf V. There it is - top right. A beautiful jump and he's right on the
target. He is the fastest so far. And Kaapachino is very focussed.
Now Michael Jung. Sam is still full of running.
It is where the dressage counts - keep the horse straight. No problem
at all for this man. My word, he is of course brilliant at dressage,
brilliant at showjumping and very good at cross-country. He's setting
new standards. Here is another one we want to be seeing, Andreas
Ostholt, for Germany. Very close to the leading points here. And a lot
of pressure on Andreas. Just overly steadied there. The horse shows all
his strength and power. He pops over that wall and that is a big wall at
the top of that ramp. The Germans at the moment of course hold all three
major titles - the worlds, the Olympics and the Europeans. This, an
important test, for them. He set this chance up after winning
Burleigh. He really is berm determined to set the pace. Remember
he's got to win here Sunday night. Looking balanced at the Mirage Pond.
A little bit of a rattle on the way out. Nothing wrong with that. At the
escalator... The rhythm remains the same. Just really shortens the
stride to get the accuracy. He's so good at that. We are getting a
wonderful lesson how to ride cross-country from him. Andreas
Ostholt into the water and over the oxer. Holds a good line. Doesn't get
a great jump. Pretty close to that time. He needs to quicken up a
little bit later on. Now, virtually inside of home. Over
the Rolex Crossing. Those two big logs, all done by chain saw -
brilliant work. He's got under 30 seconds to get home, but he's
flying. This will be another inside. He will stay on his
overnightdressage, which means he will be the leader of the
cross-country. That is sitting comfortably in his target. Turns for
home, takes a pull, gets the shot... Oh, that's been a real classic
class. There he is. Stops the clock. Seven seconds inside. 34. : 4.
It is beautiful to watch because you interfere so little. You ride him on
a long reign. He comes back when you need him to. We are such a good
partnership. I trust him and he trusts me. He knows that he can
trust me in everything that I do. Everything, when I prepare the
fence, he knows which fence is coming. He jumps very careful. He
jumps forward. He does everything that I say to him. And that gives me
such a good feeling. So, that is unbelievable. Everything feels so
easy. It is a tough course. But, through the energy of him, I didn't
have a feeling that I was galloping fast. It feels - everything is so
easy with him. It is a wonderful feeling.
So, coming to the Vicarage is Vee. Putting together a very good team at
the moment. He's taken the alternative. Not very confidently.
But he got over it. You can ask as well as going over that red flag,
you see the pins, they are very much for the safety of the horse and the
rider. You can see from this replay, the balance is good, the horse has
his eye on the fence. He's drifting through that right soldier and does
-- shoulder and doesn't get over the fence. His shoulders and front legs
go around the flag and therefore encourage 20 penalties.
And so at the Lake for Jesse Campbell. Got to put that little
hiccup behind him. He is such a cool rider, stylish and positive. The
horse is just not playing the game. He left his front leg there. He
still pushes and gets that two strides.
Andreas Ostholt at the Outlander bank again.
Goes right. Again for New Zealand Clarke
Johnstone. At the Mound. An influential fence already on the
course. The horse keeps his eye on. That it is too easy to turn too
quick to that final element. He's slow on the clock. He's some 30
seconds behind. That one refusal will be disapointeding. He's a very
talented young man, this. He ends on 66.
In fact, 67.3. Goes seventh at this stage. A beautiful round of jumping
from Michael Jung means he's out in front.
Oliver Townend has moved from 24th after dressage to be second ahead of
three French riders, including 62-year-old Jean Teulere.
Clarke Johnstone been in New Zealand since 2014. That is where he's
campaigned for this Olympic event. He's looking good. And Andreas
Ostholt taking a pull there. Getting organised for this second last
fence. Makes nothing of it - leans forward, flying, trying to make up
that time. He's only got eight seconds to get into the main arena
and over the final fence. He's pushing on and the horse is
galloping well. There he is, on the time already. How many time faults?
Where will he end up? The main thing is he jumps the last fence well.
He's a very happy man. Into second position.
A chance to catch up with Andreas Ostholt. Well done. A few time
faults, but you are clear and into second place. Yes, thanks a lot. I
am very pleased. Generally speaking, how did it ride? I had a really
great feeling. For sure, at the Vicarage I was really lucky. It
shows me, did a little bit of acrobatics. Luckily I managed it.
So, it is the Kiwi, Clarke Johnstone, with Balmoral Sensation.
A big winner in New Zealand. Been to Adelaide. He's had good experience,
but this is a different game here and he's certainly answering the
questions through that New Pond. He's looking good on the clock as
well. Two seconds up at this stage. And so Jonathan Paget, at the
Huntsman's Close. That position of his - looking forward.
Balmoral Acceptation, a little stumble. He is kept steady as he
comes to the Shogun Hollow. This man is certainly knocking on the door
for the Rio Olympics. A lovely line. Absolutely a lovely
line. A big check on the catch.
-- on the watch. He is always with the horse. The
horse responding there beautifully. Michael Owen now out on course. With
Bradeley Law. And he just goes too far left and clips the ditch, which
gives Michael no hope. There is such a fine margin that you can take to
make it safe there. And sadly Michael and Bradeley Law says, bye,
I'm off home. He is eliminated any way. But this horse is definitely
looking for home! A disappointed Michael Owen. He has had some good
performances, but this I'm afraid sees him out. Quite a clever fence
this. Could waste a lot of time. But the tight line shows how quick and
easy that fence can be. Clifton Lush, an ex-race horse. A new price
of ?1,000 for the best ex-race horse. Time looks good. So one Kiwi
out, but another one coming to the finishing line. Clark Johnstone is
only just over. A very good performance. Never easy to bring
horses from the southern to the northern hemisphere and get them to
compete well. A great round to go into third. A lovely clear round.
What was it like? Thank you, I'm excited to have gone clear. It was
hard work. It was a big track and took a lot of jumping. But I'm
thrilled to have come home clear. There is a long New Zealand
presence? Yes we are all trying to get selection for Rio. What do you
think of your chances? Jumping a clear round wouldn't have done them
any harm. Hopefully a nice dressage test on Thursday and jump a clear
round, a difficult trek here, so we put in a good clear round tomorrow
and hopefully it should be good. Well done. Thank you. So we have for
Britain Francis Whittington and Hasty Imp. A lovely jump there. It
is a clever fence and it is riding really well. I wasn't a fan of the
seeing the twisty, Turney approach, but the horses are coping well. It
is as quick as you can make the tight lines that will set you up for
the rest of the course. Clifton Lush 45.2 in the dressage. Was in 19th
place. Disa pointing for what he can do. But they're all so close. Oh,
picks up an early -- up a little early. But sits tight. Look at the
crowds - absolutely jam-packed. Enjoying great weather. The ground
trying out. It is -- drying out. It is riding fast. He straightens him
up and flies away towards the last sector. The mound for Hasty Imp. He
has had so many good horses over the years. This is a very nice horse. He
has got to stay focussed. The horse, gives the horse time to look at that
final element. A little nod of his body. This partnership now beginning
to run for home. Mark Todd here and Leonida. Looking as good and as
young as ever. Now Francis Whittington, Hasty Imp at the New
Pond. This fence had jumped quite beautifully. He doesn't get the shot
he would like. Keeps riding forward and gets the shot to the very big
corner. Down on the clock, but only fractions. He can pick that up.
Francis going as well as we have seen him in recent years. Here is
Jock coming in. He wants the horse to stay confident for this last
fence. This looks like another one inside the time. Earlier we thought
it would be sticky, but the horses are enjoying it and Jon is thrilled
with that. You finished third on this horse last time, you're
rocketing up the leaderboard. That was great. Yes I needed to head
north after Thursday. It wasn't the best test and I let him down in a
couple of movements. So I owed him a good ride. He responded well. Sir
Mark here at the sixth, one of the friendlier fences. But it is a
massive, big, square fence. Now to the pond. A good canter. And what
you want to watch there is the way that Mark Todd keeps his horses so
well in balance. Francis Whittington, Hasty Imp, at the
hollow. He too had a wiggle, but he does well to keep straight. The
horse still looking good. Now we see Astier Nicholas. Another of the
French who are up for this. Always very quick on this horse. Francis
coming to the lake. Just a bit long. He felt the horse didn't respond
there and he gave him a tap with the whip, saying come on, boy, we have
got a few more fences to go. It makes him think a bit more forward.
He is taking Francis into the jumps, rather than being a little
reluctant. He responds well there. And now coming to the final fence it
is Ben Hobday. This man a year ago had blood leukaemia, but he is
strong and finished in great style. The fans love that. Well done! This
is one of the most remarkable stories, Ben Hobday jumped around
that cross country course, there was a massive cheer in the riders' tent.
Why is it a miracle that you're here? I'm fortunate to be here. Last
year looked a bit uncertain at times. I got diagnosed with cancer
last year and... My and dad and mum and girlfriend have been brilliant
and it has been a real it is a tock get here. I'm so grateful to
everyone at the NHS. They have helped me. And the owner, she,
Sally, she made it possible. Sally it is amazing and the horse he has
ridden around has helped, must have helped in the recovery. Well
exactly. I think Ben was in his hospital bed and he was saying to
us, want to do badminton again. We were thinking, what? We never
thought, we never thought in a million years we would be here. Let
alone for him to go around like that. We are all just so proud of
him. Because he has had some very dark moments and to come back with
that fight and determination, fantastic. This Teddy bear behind
your back, who is this and why did you ride around with that under your
back protector. This is a new charity that has been set up. It was
set up by somebody who got diagnosed with cancer and the outcome of
hearse isn't looking very good. She set up this charity to give people
in her situation, not just with cancer, but who are terminally ill,
a chance to enjoy their last days. I have never met someone so brave and
it is an honour to be a patron of her charity. Mark Todd retired after
Sydney, but came back in 2008 to ride in Hong Kong, Beijing. Now
riding as well as ever. Those long legs helped him there. Jumped right
down the bank. That is a long way down. Sits up again. That won't
trouble him. Now comes to the Shogun Hollow. Caused an odd problem or
two. Oh! Leaves his leg and again nearly - two legs on one side.
Looking for his iron. Watch again. Toddy living dangerously here. Gets
a good stride in. Has to shorten and gets close and catches his legs,
because of the angle, flicks Toddy to the side. But stickability and
perfection. Reminding the selectors that he can do the business. Hasty
Imp over the keeper's brush. This is where you like the horses to be on
the bridle. Point four of a penalty for every one of the seconds you see
being clocked up in red. He was well up after dressage. So that will help
him. The horse looking weary, but still responding. Most horses have
finished very well. The going has tried out since the middle of the
week and that's very much to the horse's benefit. Turning for home,
going to be about 35 seconds I would think over. Here he comes to stop
the clock. 34 seconds, 53.6 and a broad grin on his face. The crowd
looking pretty tense as Britain's former European champion, Tina Took
with his Star Witness. A beautiful piece of riding. This man twice gold
medallist at the Olympics, heading this year for his sixth Olympics at
the great age of 60 and look at the time. He is incredible. He has shown
some great class, great stickability and he is well inside the time. Well
done Toddy. Clear seven seconds inside the time, the magic is there
still. Is it enough for the selectors? I would be disappointed
if it is not. The other horse I have was in Kentucky last week and he was
7th and this is also a good horse. Fingers crossed we will get there on
one of them. Tina Cook European champion. Won an individual bronze
in 2008. Now with Star Witness. Did well at Burleigh. Not the best
dressage, but going well at cross country. Astier Nicola taking the
long route. He is known for his speed across the country. This is a
very fast horse. Look at the time, he is three seconds down. But they
have been flying around the cross. They have taken the long route. .
Tina had some wonderful owners and they have clubbed together to get
another one. Beautifully ridden through there. Tina riding as well
as ever. Look at the clock - 16 seconds under at that point. The
first water splash and they don't like that. It is a fence that
surprises the horses. Very uphill approach. They can't see the water
until the last stride. In fact they can almost see the water unther the
rail and the horse -- under the rail and the horse still isn't keen. They
have got to get their act together now. She gives him a confidence pat,
but she needs to be riding more positively. 49.7 her dressage score.
Lovely line. Positive. That is what that if fence needs and sector split
the quickest. They're flying. Really settling into a lovely rhythm. That
is the hall mark of class. This lady has got that. That is for certain.
The crowd sticking to this wonderful cross country test. It is really
exciting. Another one just to land, just to stumble a bit. But Tina
picks up Star Witness and out over that and up to the hollow. Still
looking full of running. This course really does involve really judgment,
pace, judgment and that has always been one of the strong points of
Tina. Into the last third of the course. Astier Nicholas for France
at the last and look at the time he has taken a pull. Thumbs up to his
mates. That is pretty cool. This is some young rider and one that we are
going to see a lot of in the future. Here is Zahra Tindall, she has got
an uphill task. She has got to qualify still to get a chance of
going to Rio. Having had quite a lot of time off, they have also too got
to show their form. Remember they were in that silver medal team in
London and of course Zahra a former world and European champion.
And the second water splash for Alice with her horse.
A sneaky little stop, I have to say. She didn't do much wrong there. He
had a look at it, as he did the first water and now she has to get
her wits about her and get him sorted out. The riders slightly
underestimated the fence. It is not so easy. I think that might be
calling it a day. In fact, that is three spots for Alice on the course.
-- stops for Alice on the course. In fact, I think the grand jury will
talk to her because she's gone for a fourth time and that could well give
her some problems in terms of discipline.
Out she goes. Alice Dunsdon with Fernhill Present.
Well, here is Tina. Alice and Tina are related. Their mums are sisters.
Meanwhile, that is not in this lady's mind at the moment. She's at
the escalator. Not more than a quarter of a mile to home. It has
looked very good on the clock to the Hollow. The horse has kept up the
momentum. It would be great to have this lady back with the Rio Olympics
in mind. Got a tremendous record, this horse without a lot of
experience at the moment. It was so impressive at Burleigh and now
looking good here and will gallop all the way home and that is what we
want to see. Coming to the crossing - a big
fence, tired horses tend to make it look bigger than ever, but not the
lovely horse, Star Witness. The crowd is beginning to build in the
arena. One of the great featuresor the riders to come into -- -
features for the riders to come into - all the shouting and cheering and
people coming into the arena for the big finish we have in prospect. And
this is the fastest time we have seen. That is a very good round.
Finishing 18 seconds inside the time.
I am pretty certain it is the fastest round so far, Kristina Cook
on Star witness. You flew around there. He is quite lazy. If I stop
kicking, he slows down a bit. I trusted his thorough bred. How is
the Vicarage Vee? It is so frightening coming to that. I have
jumped it so many times over the last 20 years. The horse kept
straight. It was magic. Back to another of the London silver medal
team, Zara Tindall, with High Kingdom. Up the hill. The flag does
fall down, but she was well inside it.
The horse owned by Trevor Hemings. Emily King and Brookleigh. Brilliant
dressage put her into second place. A lot of pressure on these young
shoulders. If she's as cool as her mother
there'll be no problem. Zara at the big New Pond. This horse has had the
best part of a year on the sidelines. It is a big test for
them. They are answering it. Zara has always been one for a big
occasion. Slightly behind the clock. This is a horse which can gallop.
And Emily had a great ride in France at the end of last year.
Went a little bit far off that. The horse showing scope. The horse
didn't worry about it. It was definitely a couple of feet too far
away on the take off. Nice and close to that wall.
The nice thing is Emily sits quietly. She doesn't fluster. Gives
the horse time and lets him ease himself properly. Here is Zara now.
She's with the approach. Oh... Oh, my word. They both had to work hard
to survive that. They so nearly caught it, they could just have
tipped over so easily. Well, that is a moment saved. Let's look again. As
she comes around the corner, I was there with her father and Zara this
other day when they walked this line. Walked and walked it and the
horse drifted a fraction left. A great recovery.
Well, it is certainly ice cream weather. It was forecast to get a
bit warm and it certainly is. Emily King at the Mound. She has been with
Mark Enning trying to improve her position and better balance
Zara, meaning business. She's got to keep up this pace.
As we have seen in the past High Kingdom is very quick across the
country. Has to push... Shoulders, arms,
everything going there. Emily King, over the big brush, now it is the
Vicarage Vee. 20 years old, for this iconic fence. A great piece of
riding. Spot on. As cool as a cucumber. Is that training doing
good? And Zara is flying at the Keeper's Brush.
Such a brilliant competitor and always comes up with the goods when
it really matters. A little bit of pressure on here, the last
combination. Now she's got to sit down and ride. How is the clock
going? Is she going to make it? She's termed -- determined looking.
Flying into the main arena. Listen to the crowds cheer her. They cheer
her everywhere they go. Brilliant crowds in eventing. They are always
supporting. She's over the time. How much closer can she get to the
clock? She's a happy girl. Well done!
Zara Tindall, you are nearly there. He's such a cool horse. At the
beginning he was a little bit keen. I couldn't let the hand break off
too much. I had a rubbish line into the Vicarage Vee. He stayed
straight. To get his head up again. He is just awesome. He saved me some
other place too, which hopefully wasn't on TV. So another one for
Germany. A very experienced rider, Andreas
Dibowski. Their trainer has changed these German riders and their
cross-country riding. Emily King. Brookleigh at the
Escalator. She's nearly home. She's ridden so well. She's of course been
in the youth championships of the British teams and done pretty well.
Had the odd tumble, but it has stood her in good stead. Can she get her
second big international three event. November was her first. This
is her second. It has always been a dream for this lady as she comes
down to the Keeper's Brush. Time will be good. Whether it will be
inside, I am not sure. It is certainly a round she's kept going.
Jumps well over the Keeper's Brush. Now this Crossing. Emily wouldn't
have ridden too many horses getting weary. Dives in. It is going to be
long. Oh and he went to take off realised it was a long way away. The
horse gets up. Emily on the floor. It would have been a hard landing
for Emily. And that, I am afraid, is the end of her dream. She was so
near, yet so far and of course having the full eliminator. She's
pushing for the long stride. The ground is uneven here. He drifts a
little bit right which makes the distance longer. If she could have
been nearer that white flag, but unfortunately a very sad picture and
Emily is out. It is good to see the horse up and
indeed it is great to see Emily up, being helped away there. She is more
concerned about the horse I would think than she is about herself.
Twice runner up here, Andreas Dibowski, and he, of course, has
been in the Olympics and won an Olympic medal.
Very experienced. All that experience showing. Time a
little behind, but not far. Marry is playing the role of groom
and I saw you leave the tent hopefully to greet her as she
finished and then it came to a crunching end. Very sad. I have done
it myself. I have fallen at that fence when I was in the lead. Emily,
unfortunately it happened to her as well. They are both fine and
fantastic around the rest of the course. It will not put her off,
she'll be back. Until that point you were having a terrific round? He
felt good. I am over the moon with how it felt. Really annoying, but,
hey. As your mum said before, you have many more years here. It can
only get better. Former European champion back in
1997, Bettina Hoy. Water Mill Stream is her horse.
The Hunt'sman's Close now, with Tim Price. A brilliant line. Effortless
there. The quickest I have seen through t Huntsman's Close.
Very experienced. Good line. Sees her through. Nine seconds down. And
Andreas Dibowski coming to the final fence. Still galloping. He's already
over the time. But pretty close. A great dressage start of 43.7. How
close can he get to the leader? He is kicking as he crosses the line.
Into 11th position. Another great performance by another great German.
Bettina Hoy coming to the Alexanders Silver Birch.
Come on to the scene for the German team in the last year or two. And
Tim Price, with Classic Moet. One of the fastest ever cross-country
horses this. Produced by Karen Dixon now - a
British team member for many years. Caught the lip, but so agile, so
light on his feet and quick to recover. Bettina Hoy, into the
arena. She will be over. Her best finish ever at Badminton was last
year on this horse where they finished fifth and they are going to
be right up there after this round. Another good round for Germany. 13
seconds over. 49. 2. Kiwis are together. An impressive
squad heading towards Rio. And she is one of those.
Plenty of time on this turn. This horse jumps as though he's on
springs. Lands away from the fences, so doesn't waste any time. Never
wastes a second. Well, now another for France -
Rodolphe Scherer, at the Outlet Mound. A good number of years now,
spent two years over here - a long time part of the French team and you
saw his experience. Had a hiccup earlier on. Overcame that and is
safely through. Jonelle coming towards the end of
the course. And we have seen some hairy turns there. And it looks like
exercise in the arena at home for Jonelle. Here comes Nicola Wilson,
with one of the top hopes for Britain - with Rio in mind. One too
many at the corners and had a really good season last year.
Disappointed at the end, particularly at the Europeans. She's
very determined and great across-country. And Rodolphe
Scherer, flying at the Vicarage Vee. And enormously, way out beyond the
fence. Lapsed a little bit behind. But a good recovery.
Here is Jonelle Price, one of the fastest horses in cross country.
47.3 and they go ninth. New Zealand showing their strength.
A little bit sticky there, put a great jump in. Extraordinary how the
ride verse underestimated that pond. It has caused a fire amount of
trouble. And stands off a mile! Great recovery, but there is a
broken pin. That will be 11 penalties. The new ruling is if you
break the pin there is 11 penalties added on. She is pushing, but it is
almost impossible. The horse picks up she is stretching back, hills a
cab. The horse is on its knees and a brilliant recovery. Sadly it look as
if she is going to call ate day. You can -- call it a day. You understand
why. There are more opportunities for this pair to perhaps show their
true form. Brabham up in Yorkshire, an important competition in June.
Nicola Wilson has retired One Two Many and the news from the British
camp is not good so far. Very disappointing to see them walking
off the course. They could be such an important part of team. Here is
France now. What a day they have had. Rodolphe Scherer another of
their best. Riding this grey horse. One remembers his round in the World
Championships in Normandy. He had the crowd on their feet. Here is a
great one for Britain, fantastic round at the European Championships
last year for Jemma Tattersalls. Makes nothing of this big brush
corners. Here comes Rodolphe Scherer. Slowly to the last, but he
won't be many seconds over. Another experienced competitor looking to
get in the squad for Rio for France. Goes 16th. The leaderboard Dom named
by Germany. Can a British rider get into the top
five? Here is one who might. Gemma Tattersall. Went well at Europeans,
but didn't pull it off in the show jumping. They're very determined
now. Lucy Jackson and Bosun at the Vicarage Vee. Didn't quite get the
line right and pays the penalty. Good to see them both up. That was a
nasty fall. But they're walking away. Probably more disappointed
than anything else. The horse was an interesting one, the horse was
fighting a bit on the approach. You can see his head is up. A bit
arguing and he is not focussing where he is going. He is still head
up and you should be looking at the jump and he suddenly sees it and he
tries his heart out. Does an enormous jump, but in the wrong
direction and wow, that was a nasty, but it is great to see them in full
recovery. Fight for another day. There will be another competition
next week for them. Arctic Soul at the new pond. Ex-race horse there.
Another in that train a race horse competition. At the moment it is
Jock Paget out in front in that competition. But she is well on her
way. Just a four seconds is up on that time at this stage of the
course. Danny Evans for Britain. Coming to Huntsman's Close. Did a
good dressage test. A seriously good jumper. A bit drifted right. But
they're OK. Huge stride this horse. Back with Gemma Tattersall at the
Outlander Bank. . Several horses have stumbled. It makes that
distance difficult. But not Gemma and Arctic Soul. As they come to the
turn. This horse looks much more rideable now. Certainly setting up
for this test of accuracy here. Does it well. Doesn't lose a lot of time
and gets the results as a result of that very good set up. Danny
galloping along, not in a big hurry. I know she is coming to a difficult
combination at the mound. But a bit steady. At the turn. The horse is
jumping well. But she is going to have to quicken away tr this fence
to get back on the clock. Looks as if she is wasting too much. Two
thirds of way round, still clear Gemma Tattersall. This horse has the
speed to get home inside the time. 44.6 would put her in that top five.
Lovely rhythm through. Really become a very good rider of cross country,
Gemma. Here is Izzy Taylor on her second ride. Disappointed on
Matilda, but she puts that behind her. Very tight turn. Very neat.
Wasted not a second there. And a neat little pop and quickly turn
away. Looking good. Now at the final, Gemma Tattersall quickens up.
That is good to see. A horse full of running as they come into the arena.
I'm sure time will be good. It is, 16 seconds to get home and they will
do that no doubt whatsoever. This is good news for Britain. We wanted
some and we have got it. And goes third. That is more like it. Gemma
has gone into third place on Arctic Soul. He is incredible. He just eats
up the ground. He skipped over Vicarage Vee like it was a pony club
jump. I landed and I laughed to myself and thought, no, God
concentrate, we have got lots more to go. But he is some machine. Here
is Danni at the Vick rage visa. She is going attack and she got a gentle
landing, but not pleasant for the horse. He said, I'm going home, you
lot can get lost! One thing is certain he didn't look that
convicted. Yes, she is riding forward, but not with enough energy
and there wasn't a Gad stride and she tried to help the horse, but it
was too little too late and they paid the penalty. I'm glad to see
the horse off on his own. Looks a bit dejected poor Dani. It is a long
walk home. Here is Izzy Taylor, still on the bridle at the Mirage
Pond. Very good natural rider. She is not getting the response she
would like from the horse. Christopher Burton for Australia. A
great dressage test and one of the fastest horses ever at cross country
I should think. Made nothing of that splash earlier on. So sharp in
front. Look how neat he is. Very impressive start to the course. Here
is Izzy Taylor around to the Vicarage Vee. She is going to long
way. That is a good decision. It was here where her first ride came
adrift and she retired. So over that and onward. After a brilliant ride
earlier on, Oliver Townend comes to the New pond. The elbows are going,
you can tell when he is determined, those elbows get going. Another a
brilliant jump. But impressive on the time. Only a couple of seconds
down avp it is a real galloping machine this, so should be able to
make that up. He comes down the hill towards the Vicarage Vee.
Christopher Burton, one of the best riders of cross country in the
business. On this ex-Michael Young horse. A little deep there. But
again well ridden at that narrow fence. Away he goes. Izzy Taylor has
had to work hard on this horse. But the horse has grown in confidence
and stature. We have seen her give it a couple of smacks, but she has
an effect on the horse. If it needs confidence with a smack, she gives
well, if it goes well, she gives it a pat. She is still riding forward.
A bit weary on its leg, she gives it a pat, saying, thank you very much.
Christopher Burton has been in Britain several seasons as he comes
to the new pond. He had a very good dressage. At this point Michael
Young has extended his lead. He is well over the corner. He is 16
seconds up and not surprised at that and looking easy. Coming to the
second last Izzy is still riding. Two strides and gets in a third
ride. But she is still nimble. Still pushing for this clock. She will be
happy to get this one round. Disa pointment earlier, but the horse is
slowing down. She is still looking enthusiastic. Still got her ears
semi pricked and very close to the time. Only a few seconds over. This
will be a good one for the British selectors. They will be happy to see
this. How many time faults? 15 seconds over. Into ninth position.
Well done. Here is Olly Townend with Black Tie. An important contributor
perhaps for Rio. Going the long way round. Coming to second of the two
and the horse dropped the bit and suddenly up goes Ollie's happened. I
suspect he felt the horse beginning to faulter and get tired and he
calls it a day. That is again more disappointing news for Britain as
Black Tie and Ollie Townend retire. Big frustration for Ollie. So near,
yet so far. Christopher Burton coming to this hollow. Caused a
surprising amount of trouble and another one has a problem. The horse
left his left lowing Legg leg so low. Quite often we see riders
sitting on the ground for a few seconds, a bit winded. Usually it is
frustration. You can't believe it has happened. That is good news to
see him up. That was a surprise. Probably one of the biggest
surprises of the day. See it again. The horse really doesn't get high
enough at all. Hits the hard part. Twists and sees his jockey disappear
on the ground. Very surprising sight and it means Michael Young will have
an extended lead after cross country. He does and he leads by
nine penalty points. That is more than two fences. It is very tight
for second place. Big mention for Tina Cook, the
fastest round of the day. A fabulous clear. And also Zara Tindall. If she
completes the show jumping she will have qualified. An Janet Breakwell
who had a heavy fall and was kept in hospital. She has cracked ribs. But
she will be riding again soon. The vet's inspection there were no
problems for any of the leading contenders. So 32 jumped around
clear. The most emotional story was Ben Hobday. You saw his interview.
This was him coming into the show jumping. Bear in mind that in June
he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was only given the
all-clear in November. He got a huge ovation. Zara Tindall had to
complete to qualify for Rio. She did so. She finished on 62 penalties.
That should be good enough to finish top 25. And this is our current
leader. Because Tina Cook on Star Witness jumped clear. She won a
bronze in Beijing and a team bronze and silver in London.
Let's join the action live. We're into the top nine. Kristina Cook
leading on 49.7th going in at ninth place is Izzy Taylor, looking to
Finnish the top ten here at Badminton.
?10,000 to the ninth place. A clear round from Tina has taken her up six
places. It is still so close that there's still more potential
climbing for Tina. Let's go around the course with Ian.
It is a good course here. It is quite technical - sort of bendy
lines at the beginning and a few technical straight lines. It is
mixed up, so it keeps the horse's interest. It is difficult the day
after the cross-country the horses can get flat in the showjumping, as
we see there. Izzy had one down. The footing round conditions yesterday
were almost perfect. The horses are springing today: The showjumping
ground is very good. They are on the top of the ground and the horses all
look wonderful this morning as they trot up. That was one of the more
technical lines there. Around the corner.
And seven into this combination one in one. We've had a few parts of
that combination now. It was nice for this horse. Coming to the end of
the course. So one down means that she drops
down one place. 50.4. Kristina Cook into the top ten, with
Star Witness. The poles down are very, very expensive. So, only four
have gone clear in the horses that we've had in this afternoon's
jumping. 11 of them and then there were eight clear rounds in the 28
that we jumped this morning. Of course, there is the added pressure
with the scores so tight and quite expensive poles if they go down.
They are expensive. You are right, the morning's showjumping, there's
no pressure on the riders, it is a question of competing rather than
getting into the placing. There were a lot of clear rounds. This
afternoon, the first two jumped clear. We thought, wow, this will be
a walk in the park for them all, but then the problems starting. The
pressure is on. Here we have Oliver Townend for Britain. The wonderful
Armada. Such a brilliant trail blazes round yesterday. In fact,
made the cross-country look easy and finished inside the time. It proved
that the cross-country was not that easy.
It has not always been the easiest in this phrase. Saw him walking the
course earlier with the previous rider of this horse.
You might remember that in fact this time last year he was in second
place after cross-country and then had a number of poles down. Paul and
Diana have been super owners, both for Andrew and for Olly, but they
have had disapointeding times when they have been so near triumph.
Already with eight penalties. It looks as if he's been trying to ride
this a little bit more forward and less restricting in the showjumping.
He's good across-country, but he's not reliable in this phase. Has no
real respect for the coloured poles. And Oliver is chopping and changes
the way he's riding the horse. Trying to get him thinking. You can
see he finds the distances short because he's got this massive
stride. Such a great horse. So frustrating when you have these
downs and expensive, I might add. Yes, indeed. Of course Olly had
frustration in his other horse, well placed after the dressage. Actually
he pulled up, retired in the last part of the course. Disappointing
for Oliver Townend. In all 20 jumping penalties. 66.2 and he drops
down some 13 places. You can see he gets quick and holly
ver can't -- and Oliver can't shorten. The horse doesn't want to
shorten. Well a beneficialry of that is Britain's Tina Cook. She goes up
another place. She's into eighth. She couldn't have dreamt that to
happen, I don't think, even if she had crossed everything.
?12.500 to eighth. Not only clear... So Tina Cook talking to Clare now.
Yes, because Tina is our leader. Congratulations. Gosh, that is a
lovely horse, Star Witness. We have a lovely relationship together. He
came out, even after that cross-country yesterday. He didn't
half try for me in there. The bigger the event the better you ride. You
have proven if you are selected for a British team you will be a key
selector? I hope the selectors are listening to you. I prep them in the
one day events, don't prime very much. This is what makes me tick and
what I absolutely love, at this level of competition, taking on the
best in the world. You have moved into the top ten. You will watch the
others closely, very closely. I am so pleased with the horse. He's
pulled out another personal best. The scores are ridiculously close.
All the pennies counting towards that final total. Well done you.
Thank you. Astier was in seventh place. They
are now in all five horses, all within a fence.
This is one of the fastest horses on the cross-country course. It is ak
actually jumping very well. Can flick the odd pole out.
And again he got a little brave in that related distance and paid the
penalty at the middle part of the combination. So, that is a couple
down. Another expensive round. Only the final one to go. And that
has dropped him down seven places places.
Certainly pressure making a big difference to this course in the top
20. Yes, you can see here Astier boots that middle element out big
time. It wasn't even just a casual rub that one. You are right, as we
get nearer the final placings, the money gets bigger and better and the
riders feel the pressure and they all want to have a go at winning it
and then the nerves creep in. It is all about having the cool, calm,
collected attitude and not translating the nerves to the horse.
The New Zealand combination which really impressed here yesterday - in
sixth place it is Clarke Johnstone with Balmoral Sensation. Risky to
bring a horse from New Zealand, but the change of the seasons of course
and he showed what a really good horse he S three times he's been
national champion in New Zealand. Clarke has been here before. Been in
New Zealand since 2014. He would love to clinch a top six point. In
sixth. Impressive so far. Brave to that oxer.
He paid the penalty a little bit. He was a little close to that vertical.
It looks as if he's got a conscience. They have to want to
leave these poles up, if the horse has disdain, little respect for the
poles, they there is little anyone can do. They have to be as
competitive as the rider and want to leave them standing.
The famous Spanish international showjumping has been helping the New
Zealanders for a number of years now and he's made a big impact. Still
clear. A clear round could put the pressure on as he turns for home.
So, he's doing a pretty good job on this horse. The final fence, and
yes, a lovely clear round. So, he stays on 45.6. It will guarantee him
sixth place. There is four within a fence.
Clare, what is the news? Clarke going into the lead for New
Zealand. We have big names to come, including Mark Todd, who has won the
title here four times and is 60. Our leader is Michael Jung of Germany.
This is his father here in white with the cap on. He does all the
training with him. He was telling us about the relationship between him
and his horse, he adores Sam. They trust each other entirely. Michael
is a pure, good show-jumper. He competes on the professional
circuit. He can have two knockdowns and still win the title. Let's point
out the leading British rider, Gemma Tattersall, she will go in third
last. We wish her good luck. Now Jonathan Paget, known in the
competitor's area as Jock - winner of course in 2013, when he pipped
Michael Jung at the very final show jump fence. That was on Clifton
Promise. Now on Clifton Lush. 45. 2. Still a fence between the three
horses above him. He cannot afford a fence down to go below his colleague
Clarke Johnstone. Well, that is one away, ex-penive. A little tight in
the back legs of that previous fence.
It is so tempting at this stage when the horses have been around that
gruelling cross-country to protect the front end. They look after the
horse. Then the risk of doing that is that they drop their back legs on
the poles. One down, he stays just ahead of
Tina Cook. 49.2 is what Jock is on at the moment.
Tina is on 49.7. The time really lean yentd. A lot of
horses getting well inside. Four it is. 49.2. He will drop the one
place, Clarke Johnstone from New Zealand will move up to fifth.
One down for Jonathan Paget means Clarke is our leader on a horse who
has always been a good show-jumper. He is. I have done a lot in New
Zealand with him. It is different when you jump cross-country the day
before. It is a different feeling. Your first Badminton experience -
you must be enjoying this? It is amazing - it is the best horse show
in the world. We are about to see Mark Todd go - he's in the arena
now. As a young New Zealand rider with this guy riding to the level he
is. He is quite inspirational, not quite, hugely. Sometimes our younger
ones have a go ourselves, but he's an amazing athlete and someone we
all aspire to be like. Let's see how he gets on. Thank you.
Sir Mark Todd these days. Two brilliant recoveries on the
cross-country when he could easily have hit the hit. Those long legs
did the business. 44.8. This man rods in the pure showjumping
international Olympics of Barcelona. So, this is a phase that he doesn't
find too difficult. It is something which most of the New Zealand riders
do actually. They show jump a lot of their horses, not only the event
horses, but pure showjumping horses. They do ak sell in this phase and he
was saying Sir Mark would back off and let the younger ones get in. The
way he rode yesterday it looks like he's not thinking about backing up.
He's always been so brilliant in this phase at helping horses that
aren't particularly the best jumping in -- jumpers in the world.
Turns for home. Two left. Four times winner. Double Olympic gold
medallist. Could be in Rio as a rider and a trainer and he certainly
is going to hold on to fourth place. Clear round and that really puts the
pressure on. He is just over 10 marks behind the leader. But he is
going to secure a top five place for sure. A man who lives up the road in
Wiltshire so, the crowd know this man and they adore him. A full house
here, history very much in the wind, with Michael Jung on the edge of a
second Grand Slam of eventing and this is a really special afternoon
to be here at badminton. Out goes Mark Todd and in comes the
leading British rider. Could be in line for the Butler Troughy. Trophy.
It is Gemma Tattersall. Arctic Soul. A brilliant performance yesterday
and she is just putting her finger to her mouth, because this horse
does react. He is an ex-race horse. There is a thousand pound prize for
the best race horse. Gemma is in line for this prize. Jon Paget is
the one behind her and he has one fence down. They did a great
performance in the cross country in the Europeans, but disappointed in
the showjumping. Not the easiest of showjumpers. He has not been the
easiest, but he is overly enthusiastic. He wants to get on
with it. He has a great jump and yesterday was just fantastic. Gemma
and this horse looked so settled and established and by far the best
round I have seen from this combination. Let's hope we can
emulate that in the showjumping. He was asking the crowd to stay quiet.
He has some ear covers on to help deaden the noise from the crowd.
When they have been on the racecourse, you want to make sure
they're settled in the atmosphere and not let the atmosphere get to
them and that quickens them up and they lose concentration and respect
for what they're doing. What is very important here is the
temperament of the rider. She is looking much more cool and calm than
she did in those Europeans. That again, riding in a team for the
first time it has that effect on you and here they're individuals, but
they're striving to get that place in Rio. She certainly doing her
reputation an enormous amount of good so far. Just two to go. Time's
all right. Just the last. And does it! In style! That surely books her
ticket to Rio in August. 44.6. She is 10 points behind the leader. Hard
to catch. But she has done all she could. So Mark Todd stays in third
place. In fourth place, Gemma Tattersall in third. Two more to go,
Mark Todd could move up into the top three. Whatever happens, you have
had a hugely successful time. It has been brilliant. After the
disappointment of the dressage, I thought he could have been up there.
But he has been brilliant since and I can finish no worse than fourth
and that is not a bad result. You said after the cross country, you
hope you'd had done enough. If you go to Rio how many Olympics will
that be? I have competed in seven and been to eight. I have lost
track. It is so long. In London there was problems getting on buses
and things. Yes they kept thinking I can't have been an athlete and kept
trying to kick me off. Well you are a brilliant athlete. Well done.
Thank you. It is two left and they're both from Germany. Here is a
name that has been top of eventing for a wile, Andreas Ostholt. No 40
it is. The 13-year-old. He had a very good round on this horse
yesterday. 43.4. So he is just over two fences behind his colleague
Michael Jung, who is going for a first German win in this
Championship. A wonderful trophy. And of course the Grand Slam of
eventing. Can this man put the pressure on? Stay clear. You said
earlier the time here for the showjumping has been lenient
compared to previous years and it it has taken some pressure off the
riders. They can take their time. But there is plenty other pressure.
There is a bit of a rub with the back feet there. He gets away with
it. Sometimes you can benefit from that. A lit p -- a little tap and
the horse thinks the I had better go higher. Gemma Tattersall and
Britain's Arctic Soul could benefit. An interesting horse to watch
jumping. He looks dare I say fairly careful, but he sort of steps over
the fences. His body doesn't get very high. His legs do all the work.
That was a bit risky. But he got away with it. Has he gone? No, it
stayed. Turns for home. He is over the last. We are going to
get our first German victory whatever. First ever German victory
here at Bad minuteton. Minton. -- at Bad Minton. This could be Germany's
afternoon and as you're aware, the Olympics are in mind. Michael Jung
is taking his time before he goes in and gives us a chance to catch up
with the leading British rider bgs you will be third at worst. Well
done. I can't believe it. I can't believe Arctic Soul jumped a clear
round. You did such a job, you calmed the crowd down, you know how
fizzy he can be. He is wants to jump a clear round, but he gets
frightened and worried and that is when he is not thinking about what
he is doing. When we go showjumping, he jumps clear rounds, because there
is no crowd. So I was pretending I was at my local place and not here
and he jumped clear. Into the arena now the man who has led from the
beginning and it on the verge of doing something only Pippa Funnell
has done before. I know one viewer who will be watching and that is
Pippa. Did it in 2003. Won Badminton that day. Michael Jung started his
consecutive three at Burleigh last September. Then a fantastic victory
in Kentucky on his other good horse. Which has led him here to the
richest prize in the sport of eventing. The grand slam worth
$350,000 and the ?80,000 first price here. A lot at stake in the next 60
seconds. He has always been reliable in this phase. But he's particularly
clear over the fences. He is stringing off his feet. He is
getting way up in the air. I don't think he has ever had more than two
down. Most of the time he has had clear rounds. But he was beaten here
in 2013. Heed that very last fence down. He has got to have more than
two down here to get beaten. He is turning for home. Two left. Is this
the first Grand Slam of eventing since 2002? Many thought it would
never be done again. And he's there! He is there! He has led from start
to finish and the crowd rise to salute a wonderful hero. He was
Olympic, world and European. He holds two of those titles now. But
now has won Grand Slam of venting and takes the Mitsubishi motors
trophy, fantastic. What more can you say about him? He is incredible. He
has taken this sport on to another level. He is something for every
other ride rider to drive to beat. Phenomenal. So we have seen history
here at Badminton today, Michael Jung and Sam winning the Grand Slam
of eventing. He also BPs the first German -- becomes the first German
to win at Badminton. I want to say well done and to pay tribute to how
good Michael is. Thanks a lot. I'm so happy you can't believe. I was so
unlucky in the warm up, I lost two times a shoe. I lost again at the
third last fence a shoe. We decided the ground is perfect. We have to
try without the front shoe. And... So I'm so glad. So happy it is
unbelievable. We are joining in with the rest of German team. Tell me how
big a deal it will be in Germany and how good a rider Mickey is. Y. Yes
he is something special. It is difficult to find words for it. He
is here, the Badminton champion, there is Joachim. You did it and led
from start to finish and you now have the record winning score at
Badminton. Lowest score ever? I can say nothing, I'm so proud of my
horse. He jumped a fantastic clear round. I'm very happy about him. We
say always in my head that this is not a special competition. It is
very normal. Just easy going. Concentrate and do normal on an easy
competition. But this is unbelievable. This is really... A
big feeling. Thank you so much to every people they help me that I can
ride such a good horse. I'm very happy about my whole team. You have
made history. Well done. Thank you. Well here is the full result.
The New Zealanders packing in there. Tina Cook climbing. A great
competition and history being made by the win and the Grand Slam of
eventing for Michael Jung and Sam. It is an extraordinary performance.
They call him Mr Ice, because he remains so cool. He said he was
trying to play down the magnitude of being the first German winner here,
but you could see how much it meant. Coming up next on BBC Two we have
got Rugby League action, Challenge Cup and it will be good and also on
the red button the basketball league play-off finals. Details on that and
next week the women's FA Cup final. Here in the sunshine I hope you have
enjoyed a stunning three-day event and a bit of history for the Germans
and Michael Jung. Goodbye.
Clare Balding presents coverage from the final day of the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials. This year's event features one of the strongest ever fields, and the competition draws to a close with the enthralling showjumping stage.
British stars competing include former world champion Zara Tindall with her London Olympic horse High Kingdom, London 2012 silver medallists Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson and previous winners Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend.
With Olympic places still up for grabs, it's a chance for British hopefuls to impress and earn a ticket to Rio. The strong international challenge is led by Germany's double Olympic champion Michael Jung.