Coverage of Badminton Horse Trials, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar. 2016 proved a memorable occasion as Michael Jung became the first German to win the event.
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Well what a competition. My word, this has been brilliant. Such a
partnership, these two. Exceptional. What a fabulous competition... Sheer
class as a rider. Hello, welcome to Badminton, the
historic and grand setting for the most important day of the east
questryian calendar. When this first started the winner got a check for
?150. Now they are presented with the Mitsubishi Motors trophy and get
a cheque for ?100,000. If they can negotiate all three phases without a
mistake, believe me they would have earned it. Particularly around the
Lake, there'll be hundreds of thousands people here, across this
vast estate and many of them will be hoping to see someone make a splash.
Welcome. One of the great titles in the horse world and we have a field
second to none... To us riders, it's totally sacred.
Intense pressure. It's a very tough course. It's big, bold, difficult.
Eventing is one of the only sports that genuinely gives men and women
an equal chance of winning. If you look at the results you can see it,
62 titles. 25 of them won by women. That is 40%. When you look back at
the greats, there are three women who set the standard.
Jenny Holdgate. Pippa Funnell... Sits up. Now pick it up... And she
is a lovely clear round by Lucinda and wins the Whitbread trophy. The
Badminton Horse Trials championship and ?1,000.
The first year I won it was driving my tiny horsebox with my horse
virtually over my shoulder at night. And turning on the news and in those
days the news had who won Badminton. I couldn't believe it. That is what
I remember first about Badminton. So the Queen congratulates Lucinda.
I think I was ordinary. I wasn't super talented, but I really loved
horses and loved the thrill that cross-country gave me. I was fairly
chicken, so I very quickly adopted a seat that kept me as much out of
trouble as possible. In other words, a defensive seat. In those days,
very few people sat ready for trouble.
I never quite imagined I would be able to win it. Incredibly lucky to
have three very different horses, actually.
Priceless, Master Craftsman and Welcome Houdini. All physically very
different and, you know, what a joy to be able to have three horses win
this amazing competition. The first time I won it on Supreme
Rock, I really sensed that the horse just felt amazing. I just had this
sense that I was convinced he had a chance of winning it.
The feeling when I jumped the last show jump knowing I'd won it was
disbelief. The stuff that dreams are made of.
People really underestimate the such huge emotional ties that we have
with our horses. It's about mind games and that's half the intrigue
in the sport. It's about getting into the horse's minds.
One thing about this particular sport is it's so rare with men and
women competing absolutely level. Same dressage, same cross-country,
same showjumping and I cannot think of another sport where that happens.
Why hasn't there been a female winner of Badminton the last ten
years? The dorss we have got in-- the courses we have got into
latterly are possibly centred around strength because they are so trappy
and tricky and technical. You've literally got to be able to have the
strength to pull your horse from one line to another in a very quick time
and it suddenly struck me this is the way cross-country should be
going if men keep winning because there are plenty of very good girls.
And one of the very best in the world is Ingrid Klimke, the
49-year-old from Germany has come close to winning here on Bob. She
empathises the emthe relationship between horse and rider. I got him
when he was five. I bought him while he was such a new jumper and while
so clever and while he's strong minded, he's a real fighter and
knows exactly what he wants. He's very determined. So I really love
his spirit. I know whenever I have a good line and whenever he sees the
jump and knows his job, then I so much know that he will try and get
over it. He's very clever and smart. And he has his own ideas. It's
sometimes good because he takes over when he thinks it's time that he
makes a decision. So he's not shy or spooky. He's very much bold and,
what I love. I think it's really difficult and challenging because
the fences are very high. Really big, big fences. It will not be an
easy round. So it could be a woman for the first time in a decade. But
when you look at the male contenders they are so strong and they include
the best rider in the world, who is also the defending champion.
I think the cross-country is very tough. You have to concentrate from
the beginning to the end. There are many questions directly after the
other. He's a strong powerful horse and the
last months, the last weeks he's given me a very good feeling.
I've come to Badminton to win it. I feel I have a chance. He's a very
good chance. He's not getting any younger. I'm not getting any
younger. I'm relying on him this year to win it for me. All to play
for. He's been galloping very well at home and not feeling like he's
17. Don't tell him he's 17. He doesn't know he is. Badminton is
terrifying, isn't it, from start to finish. There's no let-up. I think
Eric's done a fabulous job. You have to ride very well from start to
finish and there's no let up and you cannot make a mistake. I'm actually
looking forward to getting out there, but I cannot say I'm not
inner vows. I was expecting something softer for the first year
for Eric Winter. But it's been designed in a tough way in my
opinion. I'm happy to see it. It a east not a dressage competition.
It's an old combination now and we get along very well and I can rely
on him and know everything about him. It's very good when you take a
horse to such a tough competition. Well, here's an exact approximate of
what the riders have to face. It is a big course, it requires a horse of
great scope. And Eric Winter has designed it. What sort of test were
you trying to set? I wanted to set a general test. I wanted to change the
velocity of the course and go back a few years to big, bold questions.
Slightly less combinations, but bigger jumping. So something like
this is a real sort of rider frightener, a crowd pleaser. It
looks enormous. When I came here as a child this was the sort of thing I
thought, wow I would like to jump that. As a course designer I come
here and look around and think I want to go back to that. There are
only five difficult combinations on the field but they ask everything. I
wanted to say actually the horse that jumped around here was an
all-round athlete and the rider was an outstanding rider and not
everybody in their first time should come here and think they would jump
the straight ways all the way. It is about a relationship between you and
your horse, the course and a recognition of what your horse is
very good at and what you are very good at and what you are not. For
you, personally of an honour is this? For me, amazing. The first
event I ever came to. I walked aroind looked at fences like this. I
rode a couple of times around here. I started to design. I spent a lot
of time walking along. As many would have done, I would do this, not
that. What an horn tore put out a course in a place like this.
Beautiful! There are more than 807 horses
competing here. They -- 80 horses competing here. There is the
youngest horse in the competition. She a chestnut mare and is ten.
She's ridden by the youngest competitor, at 20.
He this horse is just over 15 feet high. He finished ninth last year.
He's been here five times. This fella, Mouse, is coming to Badminton
for the very first time at the age of 18. I reckon that makes him the
oldest debutante ever. He's come over from Italy. He's big, too. 17
hands high. He'll make the fences look small. The dressage test their
suppleness, it is a sequence of steps and they have to follow it
with complete accuracy. Last year Michael Jung set the pace on Sam.
He's back to defend his title. Let's find out who was impressing the
judges. There hasn't been an injure winner
here at Badminton since 1965. Jonty Evans is trying to become the next.
He produced a career-best dressage, for a score of 37.2, which puts him
into third place. He loves the crowd. He was just brilliant. I am
over the moon with him. I have said before that I know he'll turn up, so
I have come and do my best. I think I did my best and he was there.
If there is to be a first female winner for a decade, the hot
favourite would be Ingrid Klimke, representing Germany on Horseware
Hale Bob. She produced a beautiful dressage, in a high-quality
competition. Her score was second best. He showed all his quality. I
could ride the extensions and everything like I wanted. He walked
so relaxed and quiet. It was really fun to ride him.
Out in front, on his own, is the Australian Christopher Burton riding
the 12-year-old Graf Liberty. He won last autumn and finished
fifth at the Olympics and could be regarded as the rising star of the
eventing world. This is why a dressage test of elegance, beauty
and accuracy for an outstanding score of 32.9. I'm elated. I'm over
the moon. He went in there and he got a little bit spriethly. Lifted
his head and I thought we could be in trouble. He went back to work. He
did everything so well. I was asked before, did I know he had that good
a test in him? Of course, I did. I didn't expect it at Badminton in the
main arena, that's for sure. The standard for dressage gets higher
and higher. You can see looking at the leaderboard. Eight with scores
in the 30s and not Michael Jung. He is ninth on Sam, with 40. The top
seven come from seven Different nations. Not a single British rider
because the leading Brits are in 18th.
It is a truly global competition. For the last time on BBC television
it will be described by Mike Tucker who is stepping down from the
microphone. Our commentary team. I give you an idea of the massive
crowds who are gathered to watch this cross-country course. All the
riders agreeing this is a testing course. It needs plenty of respect.
And we Seaman any number of stories unfold. Could Christopher Burton add
Badminton? Could Ingrid Klimke become the first female winner for
10 years or could Andrew Nicholson finally win the title which has
alluded him so far at the age of 55? We will find out now, as we see how
the early starters fare on the cross-country.
THE COMMENTATOR: Mark Todd, first of two rides. This, the first real test
on the course. He's away to the Lake.
OK, here we are at the famous like. I started to come here in 1984 and
been here since then and well before that. I'm going to jump the Flower
Garden, land on my back side. A bit of leg pressure. Centre of the fence
and then look up behind it and keep the leg on and ride up to the jump.
As they jump I want to sit backwards. It is a 2 m jump. We
don't want them pecking on landing and be shifted out the front or even
take a few strides to get balance back again, you then miss almost B.
Get to here, my eyes glued on the element behind us. Then we have one
stride to here. So it is a very narrow, on a big angle, the jump is
angled away from us. So we want to make sure we get the horse up close
enough that it is very clear, he has to come up, jump through the gap,
land, turn away we go and that's the Lake done for another year.
COMMENTATOR: Well a lot has to happen here as Andrew Nicholson
suggests. Oh, very hesitant. He has to sit tight,k by up the reaps. He's
got the line? This isn't looking - a quick change of mind. You have to
get the right track here, it is easy to pick up penalties. New rules,
complicated but quite possible. I think he might have got away with
that. He has got a bang in the face, I think. Well, now the Showgun
Hollow comes up at 10. Two corners either side of the hollow. The blue
route, red route, short route and very long route. This man, remember,
rode in two show jumping Olympics as well as winning two medals eventing.
A brilliant eye A superb exhibition of how that should be jumped. He
heads to the bridge. This is one of the big famous Badminton fences. I
don't think you will find anyone taking that red route. But there is
a big scary ditch here. He needs the right shot. A little laboured. Had
to reach for it, but safe. Look at the clockp counting down. Alexander
Bragg at the Staircase. A good dressage test and a positive start
for them. Here we are, fence 5. ABC, the Hildon Water Pond. For me starts
at the top of the hill. The hill might help to close the horses up a
bit but that's what we want to do, putted them in a more of a show
jumping canter or collecting canter for the question to come then riders
will be looking for the line. Choose a spot in the fence to jump. For me
I want to look at the red flag to make sure I've go the my line early.
The other important thing to remember is the who ares might not
know it is a water jump until this late in the distance, so here we are
keeping our leg on, sitting tall, trying to get a good strike at the
fence then you see riders sitting up and looking. The most important
thing is the line, you don't want the horse going left or right, you
want them to follow the rider. Ideally you want them to land with
you, take a stride. First stride, somewhere about here. Very important
to hold my line. I really want my toe of my boot on that red flag. You
can see how clever he has been the with course design because the
horses will feel and the riders will naturally want to go left which
wouldn't be a problem expect for the C element. So ideally, staying
straight, keeping the right rein a little bit out here. Really good
distances. You will see, in my opinion, riders doing it really
nicely and making it look easy but plenty of things can go wrong at
this tough fence, that's for sure, with these steep banks. COMMENTATOR:
A very big log in. He has to land, balanced. His body position perfect.
Has he got the line? Yes he has. He makes it look easy. Not sure all are
going to do it that well. ! And the 13-year-old Zagreb at the Lake. A
little bit of balancing there. A very nice jump a quick recovery from
the rider there. That was a long stride there. He does it in two.
Here we are at the Corral fence, it is a new fence for Badminton, it is
really difficult. You have to climb up a hill to theist if,
really difficult. You have to climb up a hill to theist if, very,
upright railings, a hill, make another turn to climb up another
hill and over for some railings. There are two options and it is up
to us as riders to decide which is the best for our horse.
COMMENTATOR: To Leonidas II coming to the Corral. He jumps that and is
he going left or right? They are on an angle. Again, looking very well,
very easy and looking good on the clock, too. Zagreb, a massive jump
at the Bridge, looking impressive. So we are at fences 21 A, B and C,
the Ewells Corners, the three jumps are big, wide, boxy fences, the
first fairly straightforward to jump but finding a ride for in is
important and it could be tricky. The riders are conscious of the fact
they would like to get five canter strides, five strides between this
part and the next part which will require riding forward. The riders
will becomep around this corner and what becomes interesting, as they
get to this point here, as you look down the line, you see accuracy
starts to become apparent. Riders need to mentally build a wall on
white flags on the left and the red flags on the right. As you look as
you come by the width of the fences, their maximum height and top width.
So the horses need to be scopy, accurate and bold. Ideally horses
will land within this two-yard area of the back of the fence and then
it's measured by four steps and we should find that take-off point is
about here. As you can see, the apex of this corner moves away and the
accuracy required is really important. We want horses and riders
focussed on that line and then hopefully the accuracy carries you
over the width of the fence. There should be some big pats as riders
love away to the Lake at this point. COMMENTATOR: Two-thirds of the way
around this course, Mark Todd and Leonidas II. 6,500 m. Got the line.
And makes it look easy. Optimum time 11.35. Is he on target? And coming
to the Hildon Pond for Alexander brag. He is going to be influential
in this competition. That was very quietly popping his way through.
Looking very impressive so far, this combination. The new course designer
eased off the pressure of the course towards the end, Huntman's course
looking easier. Mark Todd flying through there and off it the last
quarter of the course. Coming to the two gates, very upright. Really
breaks the rhythm. You can see Mark Todd just setting the horse up. 180
degree turn, can go inside the tree and jump the next one on the angle
and he does go inside the tree and jumps it beautifully.
Looking for that time of 11.35 when he'll get no time penalties, 0.4 of
a second after that. Well the Mirage Pond comes quickly after the Hildon
Pond. Horses getting very used to water but it isn't a nice jump in. A
good line. Interesting the. The horse had his eye on the little
house on the ride. The rider knew where he was going but the horse
wasn't so convincing. So, Mark Todd, remember the first of his two rides
at the Quarry. Another accuracy test and this big castle wall. This horse
looks full of running. And we turn to the very talented young French
chap, Astier Nicolas Nicholas. He was so impressive in Rio last year
with this horse and again, looking convincing.
Within 400 m of home, Leonidas II, Mark Todd. Already over the time.
That's significant, that red score up in the top is now counting up the
seconds he is over. Four for every second. The penalties kicking up for
Mark Todd. There were thoughts there would be quite a few inside the
time. But I'm not so sure. He is he flies the last. And he's home. 78.1
for the New Zealander. Has he made it look easier than it's going to
turn out? CLARE BALDING: How did you feel the course looked? As it
walked, he was big, he was tough, he is funny at waters sometimes, we had
strides here and there but he was so gene wine he kept going but you have
to ride all the way. And the time is tight. The time is tight. I think
without my detour at the Lake, I could have' been closer but, I think
the ground is fast and the horse finished full of running so I think
it is possible to get within the time. COMMENTATOR: Well Astier
Nicolas coming to the famous Lake. A massive drop in over this rail. This
is for the stride and gets another one. Well, Astier recovering from a
broken shoulder. I shouldn't think that did him much good. Support from
the crowd. Again, we will just have a look at this. Pushes for that one
stride. The horse almost looks as though it has stopped. It was
incredibly honest to jump that. And hang on to his back teeth. Well, now
the famous Quarry, still an accuracy test right in the middle before the
big stone wall. The blue route, short one, the very long red route.
Don't think too many will take that. Here comes the talented part-time
Farrier. Alexander Bragg with Zagreb. He has ridden great maturity
his first Badminton. Beautifully through the quarry.
This is a very interesting horse. Huge strides as it gallops here. He
has already seen a big stride right up the ramp. Made that look just
like a little jump at home. Making his way up to the Hildon Povenlted a
very big log in this. You really need the right spot for take-off.
Oh, just leaves a leg there. And Astier, is shouting to the jump
judge, telling him he is going the long way. A quick change of plan
there but a good bit of riding. A massive jump in. Good reaction from
the rider there. 38-year-old, Alexander brag has really impressed
at first Badminton. He had that very good dressage of 34.6. He will add
time faults but it is not going that many. The way it is working out,
this is a brilliant round for the first timer. Alexander Bragg from
Britain, completes. CLARE BALDING: Well I have an elated
Alexander. Clear at your first Badminton, what was it like? I'm
elated relieved. Emotional really. The horse tried really hard. Our
first one. I thought he was getting hard, I tried to help him and almost
add strides which made it harder but when I came in the to the finish,
God did he gallop. I think learning from this, I think I could push him
more knowing when he still has it there, he has t but super feeling.
COMMENTATOR: Well, another first-time rider for Great Britain
at the Pond. Oh, he shoots her out. Virtually straight into the water.
She's been an outstanding young rider. Won medals, both individually
and team for Great Britain, but sadly, that's the end of Badminton
2017 from the young rider from the Midlands. Let's see it again. Leaves
the rider badly. When the horse flips like, that you have no chance.
Now this brill yanted young Frenchman making this course look
relatively straightforward. A bit of a let-up fence there, and he comes
to the Corral. Interestingly, he takes the right-hand route. The
first one we have seen doing this. Oh, and just pops two there. He had
to wriggle around the tree. CLARE BALDING: Well having her first ride
is Li is, sa Green, the daughter of the six times champion, lieu
Sindhia. -- -- Lucinda, who is looking more nervous than she ever
did when riding. Good luck. THE COMMENTATOR: She's had several
years in the build-up to her first Badminton. Getting to the latter
part of the course now. Takes a little bit of an extra pull. There
kicks on to the wall and the horgs is very clever. No room for a
stride. Lissa Green at 10. Sits very tight,
just like her mum. Chosen not to ride in the famous primrose colours
that won six times here for Lucinada. The second to last fence,
this horse has been interesting. Makes it look so easy and well
within the time. He's just running out of petrol towards the end. The
time tells. One of the fastest riders across the country that we
have seen in recent times is coming to that last fence. He'll be a
little disappointed, I think w this timing. It is a very tough course
out there. We have not seen many near inside the time as yet.
Well the Olympic silver medallist Astier Nicolas has got around. Many
horses would have stopped in the lake. He will never stop. He's too
good. He's a star. I felt a bit unhappy with some
fences, especially at this lake because the horse has got a huge
stride, is keen. He was in a perfect rhythm going forward. He should,
every day this stride and having to add a second stride because it's so
long was so punishing to him. To made the rest of the course very
long. He got tired. The rest was difficult and like a gas tank has
gone down like this and then after it was all down to his big heart.
Lissa Green now at the Hildon Water Pond. Again, well ridden.
This young lady is not daunted be think course. She's well through the
water pond and now reaching the halfway point on the course.
And the great German rider Bettina Hoy. The strongest point of the
German team for many years coming to the Staircase. A little bit of
fighting on the approach, just making sure she gets the right
stride and gets three strides in there. That's quite surprising.
Don't see many get that in. Over the big,er and now to the
Caral. Certainly jumped better than we thought it might. The rails on
the top of the hill, a big set of rails.
And going to go around. Going round will lose them probably 15, maybe a
few more seconds, but it's safer. Lissa trying to pump out a good
rhythm and you see the twists and turns. That can rather daunt a
horse, it can really tire him. Bettina coming to the Table. Has a
very surprising run out. A pretty experienced horse this now. I have
to say Bettina will be disappointed with that. She puts her hand up.
Retires. That is a huge disappointment from Bettina and the
German contingent. A bit surprising because I would have expected better
from this horse. Clare Abbot for Ireland. Ireland with a big
contingent here. Euro Prince. Represented in the worlds in
Normandy. Positively through the water. That's as well as anyone at
that point and she presses on. And Lissa at the Quarry. Sliding
there on the landing. One or two horses have been slipping on bits of
the turns here. Nearly home. . . She'll be very excited a at this
stage. Looks back. She's safe. Had a 51.7
drissage, as you can see. She's got ground to make up. Coming to the
final fence in the arena, Lissa Green, I should think her mother,
Lucinda, will be holding her breath at this point. She will be thrilled.
Quite a few time penalties. The fact is she's completed this course. It
has to be a very positive step for this rider in the future. And the
horse looking good and relaxed and quite happy. Mrs Green very happy,
too. Your first experience of Badminton
and you have got around, well done? It was a bit of a wing and a prayer.
That would be the way with this gorgeous horse. To keep him in the
right balance was tough. A lot of work would be used. To be honest, a
lot of people think you are very brave as well? Stupid or brave! It
is a close thing. You have not felt great in the build up to this. To do
that when you are not feeling that strong Orwell is amazing. I know. If
I am on death's door I would drag myself out of bed. I did honestly
worry yesterday morning that I might not have made it today. To have
actually have completed, I can not believe it!
Now Thibaut Vallette from France. He's at the Staircase. He gets very
spooky there and again. Not the confident start we expected
from this combination. At the Quarry for Clare Abbot, they
have flown around this track. She sees a massive stride. Skinny in the
middle and another big one. This horse is full of running. He has not
been hanging around. Now Thibaut Vallette, this lovely horse. Big,
bold jumping. It's what we expect from this horse. Oh, pops up. Leaves
a leg. Very quickly tries to correct that. He'll get 20 penalties for
that, I am afraid. This was a combination that we expected to be
right at the top of the leaderboard. We've got a world-class field for
this competition and this was one that we thought would really make
their mark at what is their first Badminton.
See it again. John Majors in really we right speed.
-- jumps in really good speed. Doesn't get the speed he wants.
Steps on it, slips at the back and you lose all impulsion. Does quickly
try to change his plans, but too late. 20 penalties.
Well we talked to Lissa Green earlier, having completed her first
Badminton cross-country course. Now with me is her mother. What was
watching your daughter like? Amazing. I never thought I would see
this day. When I saw this course, I never thought I would see her gallop
up that hill back into the arena to finish. One of the biggest courses I
have seen. It is fantastic. I am thrilled. I didn't think those two
would have enough to do it. They have. You sprinted from the rider's
tent to come in with her. I was just so amazed to see her come over that
log. We said this is a big drop and it's the second last fence, don't
turn too quickly because they will be quite jelly legged. She did such
a good job and she's been so sick for about ten days. I thought she
wouldn't have the strength. She did. We went up there with her.
This is Clare Abbot, Euro Prince. They set off very quickly. One
wonders whether she went off too fast. She's the quickest we have
seen to this point so far. Only six seconds over. This is a brilliant
round from the Irish combination. Turning for the very last fence.
This fence, designed by a young lady, a brilliant last fence. That
is the best Irish round so far and goes third with the 60.1 completion
penalty score. Brilliant French combination come to
the Bridge. So impressive this horse has been
over the last couple of years. Makes that look so easy.
And so quickly back into his stride. Doesn't waste a second.
Well, here is the Badminton title winner of last year, double Olympic
champion, double European champion, it is the great Jung with La
Biosthetique Sam, setting off. Water at the top of the hill here.
Very cleverly done. Oh, fascinating! He's decided to go the long route.
He obviously had that planned. Wastes some time, but is much, much
safer. He doesn't actually hang around on
that circle. He keeps the rit emgoing. Keep -- rhythm going.
Michael Jung, ninth after dressage on 40. Still quite close. Very
positive into the Lake. Picks up reins. This is why this man is one
of the best we have ever seen. Nowhere in time could this man be
the first. Coming to these corner ins in the
middle of the park, in front of the wonderful Badminton house. A big
jump. Five strides. Some are getting six in there. Then they found the
distance quite long. Takes the flag out. Such scope. Incredible horse
this! Well, this man has got so much
ability in every side of this sport. Three disciplines and the man leads
the world in each one. So quick. These two corners have jumped well
again. Nice line as he heads off to the big footbridge.
He's returned from Lexington. He won in Lexington last week on his very
good mare. Now, could he set up another Grand
Slam? Remember he won that here last year.
Beautifully positive stride over the bridge and makes it look easy.
Thibaut Vallette coming to that final fence.
Must be quite good on the clock. Didn't get a perfect stride to that
final fence. A big, deep sigh from the rider there. Looks as impressive
as ever. Michael Jung coming to what is so
far the most influential fence. Great line. Never looked in trouble
at all. Time, it's looking promising. Remember, 11. 35 the opt
mum time. We are counting down on that clock. So he's got now five
minutes 50 seconds to get home. One of the let up courses on this
course. There are not too many of them. The way the big fences keep
coming is the significant feature that Eric Winter has built into this
course. Do the Mirage Pond. Again line, accuracy and the speed of
approach important here. It is a big drop in. You need an accurate line
to the next hedge. Well done!
En and Allstar B, coming to these big, big corners. Takes the flag
out. Safely over the fence. Oh, very accurately ridden. Didn't
waste any time either and gets a huge stride this horse. Holder of
the under-25 champion, it is Tom McEwen.
Tom good dressage at the Staircase. That's a confident start from this
combination. Michael Jung coming to the Corral.
Quite an influential fence on this course. Takes the left-hand route.
He sees the stride from a long way out. That was incredibly quick. That
is probably the best we have seen through there all day.
Tom McEwen on this lovely horse, Toledo De Kerser at the Lake. Tom
sits well. Good line.
No problems there. Some young British riders have made
their mark. Alexander Bragg, one of them. Is this young man going to do
the same? Rosalind Canter having a good ride.
These fences look quite small with this horse. He's got a big scopy
jump. The horse that went very well in the
World Championships and then bought for Tom to ride. Well over the
Bridge. This horse got a really big jump.
And Michael Jung coming to the end of this course on brilliant Sam. In
case you wonder what's on his back, it's the wonder pony, making
awareness of the bone Cancer Research for young people and look
at this horse quicken towards the end of the course.
Full of running. Sees a brilliant stride at the second last. And
Michael is saying, come on. He's kicking on. The horse has his ears
flat back. He's responding, he's full of running. He comes to the
arena and a huge cheer from the crowds. No wonder. Look at that
time. Eight seconds to go. Quick check at the last. Kicks on. Looks
at the clock and that is an incredible performance. No wonder he
looks so smug. CLARE BALDING: We know now the man
to beat. And it is this man. Having said that time and in time penalties
and Sam, the greatest horse, just brilliant at cross country and
brilliant at everything. A brilliant horse. Great discipline. I think my
dressage was really good. It is an amazing feeling when you see the
horse has so much trust in you, he understands quick, an amazing
feeling. The only horse inside the time and he made it so easy.
What a rise up the ranks from Clare Abbott. Shows how influential this
cross country cores is going to be. COMMENTATOR:. Tom Mc-Ewan now. Well
over the corners. Still pressing on. Looks a promising ride And Rosalind
Canter kicking on. A great performance the Burghley last year.
A silly run out. But he is accelerating, enormous stride this
horse and shows his scope around this horse. Look at the tierges
pretty good. One of the fastest rounds we've seen. Very promising
for the future. Two riders from Belgium here, Karin Donckers the
most experience of them. A 37.3 dressage. She was fourth after
dressage. She certainly has the experience to get around this
course. Good lines. Now at the Countryside Birch but doesn't make
it inside the tree. A couple of seconds Goth gone. You have to take
every short route, surely, to get this time. And Tom McEuan has done a
pretty good job out there and another horse, finishing full of
running. The ground here at bad inton it is on the good-to-fast
side. -- at Badminton. They have worked very hard on the course. They
have been spiking it and working and Tom and Toledo De Kerser flying
through the finish line. 54 seconds over the time. Karin Donckers at The
Lake, goods the right-handed route and runs out. That's another of the
world stars dropping down the leaderboard. This course is really
having a very big affect on the overnight scores. Izzy Taylor coming
to the bridge. Oh. And Izzy is pretty cross with that one. That was
a bit of a nasty one. They were both lucky to walk away from that. That
was good. The horse just stamping its reins but good to see them both
standing. You can just see he comes around the corner, Izzy has seen the
stride, pushing, the horse hasn't quite focussed. Goes to take off,
sadly missed the fence and sadly the horse ends up in the ditch and Izzy
stamps her fist in frustration. CLARE BALDING well for the last 16
years Chris has been in charge of the Berlin team and seen them win
countless medals. Now you have the British team. A great thin on the
ground. Great cross country runners but what do you make of of them?
Well, great highlights. Alexander Bragg, it is great he has had a
great round today. So there are some foifs, I guess we are thin on the
ground but at the same time it is a starting point you know that I see
as a good base that we have to build on. One of the real highlights of
the spring has been Zara Tindel and her performance out in Kentucky
finishing third. I sadly couldn't go out to Kentucky, I had to watch it
on the screen but it was fantastic to see her back in a great vain of
form. She was riding cross country and then show jumping, just, yes,
you know, as she did in 2012. COMMENTATOR: And Paul Tapner from
Australia, at the Staircase. A nice jump in. Very fluid and positive. A
A good start for them. Well Elisa Wallace coming home now. This horse
looking weary. In the last mile, it has definitely looked like the
petrol is getting low. Oh, leaves a leg and she gets Jupp unshipped,
almost in crawling distance to the line. Oh, heartbreaking. Non-the
worse I don't think but to get so near the finish, she will be just
wondering, though, if she perhaps could have pulled up a little
earlier and saved perhaps the horse that fall right at the end. Now Paul
Tapner in the famous red colours, a good stride N swinging left but
coming the quick way out. A good jump out and, oh, that was a nasty
one. The horse, pole axed with the one stride. The horse chipped in.
Ah, the look of frustration. That was a nasty one, though. We see it
again, he gets a good stride up. Lands well. A little bit short.
Takes the one stride and the horse, you could see, he didn't know
whether to take one or two strides or go up to the fence. Got it all
wrong and hit it with his forearms, and the two crashed to the ground.
Great to see them all up and walking abut sadly an elimination for Paul
Tapner. Now first time ride for Arianna Schivo. Oh, my word. That's
the second. A lovely profile and hits it at the roots and down they G
one has to wonder whether the qualifications for this level of
competition are good enough when you see falls like that. Well, it is
great to see Japan represented here at Badminton and Yoshiaki Oiwa and
the Duke of Cavan. He is a good one coming out. He really rides for it.
He was effective. This is James Sommerville, riding
258ent. They are based in Yorkshire. The combination here for the first
time at the Corral. And he is in and oh, missed it totally and flicks
him. Now that fence on the angle, that's exactly what can happen.
Experience there, perhaps, or lack of experience I should say. Well,
young James will learn by it and luckily horse and rider
non-the-worse for the problem. Hits it hard and when you hit it at an
angle, that's exactly what happens, that the rider has nowhere to go
than out the door and on to the ground. Well, non-the-worse. That's
the cost of experience I think for James Sommerville there.
And Yoshiaki Oiwa, at the Outlander bank, a big step up this and bounces
over neatly. A good pat for the horse. A well-deserved pat at this
stage. He doesn't get a good strike there on the top of that mound but
the horse helps him out. It is so nice it see Japanp represented here,
especially with the next Olympics coming up. There is no doubt this
chap will be leading the squad there. The hill done Without Pond. A
nice jump in -- the hitch ildon. He makes -- the Hildon Water Pond. This
is Gemma Tattersall. They were third last year. They rode for Britain in
the Rio Olympics. Away from the Staircase, the odd problem there but
on the whole jumped pretty well. They head off to The Lake. Jerks
jumping that big fence, the big Oxer. It is difficult to say it is a
lettout fence, it is massive. Heading to the Corral. A good jump.
In a little quick through the bottom. But the horse is very neat
in front and Yoshiaki Oiwa kept his position very well. Didn't drop the
horse or lean forward. Arctic Soul, at the Bridge. Won a prize last
year. And over the big table there, coming to these rather influential
corners right in front of the house. Look at the crowd. Loving this day
of cross country. Gets a good five strides. Holds his line and pushes
for that, two strides and actually very impressive. That's good and the
horse very relaxed. Arctic Soul, Gemma Tattersall at the Pond.
Disappointing dressage. 55.8. Got to get it back at cross country. Goes
for a long stride in the middle and shouts long, another one just to
remind the judges which way she's going to go. Can be good thinking
sometimes. So loses a bit of time there. Remember, still only one
inside that optimum time at the moment, Michael Jung and Sam. Psalm
Griffiths at the Staircase. A previous winner of Badminton, this
combination. Look so easy and so calm and relaxed. Let's hope the
rest of the round looks like that. So, this is a very good sight for
Japan. They really are putting in a big effort for those Olympic Games
in Tokyo in 2020 and this could be the man who leaves them there. This
was the horse that was bought out. It was found to be big and strong
but Yoshiaki Oiwa has given this horse a peach of a ride. It is
30-plus seconds over but this man has shown that Japan really now on
the international stage. Well done. Sam Griffiths. He was here in 2014
with this horse. He had an unlucky time last year. First corner, oh, he
could have' gone the other side of the fence there. And crucially he
has gone on. That could bring in a new rule which could end in 50
penalties. And Gemma Tattersall going to the Corral. Always keen and
enthusiastic this horse. Can get a little bit strong. Oh a rattle
there. A slightly flat jump. She has to hold him and gets very close to
that second element. But they get away with it These are on frangable
pins these fences so easily dislodged but no problems there. And
Sam Griffiths was in the bronze medal team for Australia in Rio.
Finished fourth himself. He looks really in the groove as he heads up
now to the big jump. And Gemma coming to the Quarry. Not the most
difficult we have seen the Quarry but right at the end of a tough
track. It is all about having the stamina. This is one of the fastest
courses cross country. It'll be interesting to see what we are time
is like, she is kicking away. Sam Griffiths, the 2014 winner here, at
the Pond. Had an unlucky 20 penalties in the competition last
year but so far clear and looking good. It is a very exciting prospect
for Ireland here,p Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorkes Drift. A brilliant
performance in Rio last year. Gets three strides in, takes the flag
out. They'll need to settle into this course. A big test. Gemma
Tattersall over the fence, still inside that optimum time. Not sure
whether she can make it, no. She's not. But it is a good ride. This is
good news again for Chris Bartle. This is a an important combination
with the Europeans in Poland this year. Needs to improve the dressage
but an excellent cross country again for Gemma Tattersall. They go 7th.
He was a serious handful for mee, I'm 5'5", he is 17-1. He is an out
and out galloping machine. Quite a handful. We had to go one long
route. He jump sod well, almost too well that I didn't have enough time
to get to the straight route and I didn't want to have a silly 20, so
went wrong, so that's why we were a few seconds older. But gosh, that
horse sore a machine. Well, Ireland will be having everything crossed as
Jonty comes to the the Lake. Light on his feet this horse, he really is
so good. You see it there, a brilliant piece of riding and away
they g away from the Lake, clear and fast.
Taking the favourite left-hand route.
Careful jumping. Sees a good one. Nice jump. Doesn't waste any time
there. Already 30 seconds over on the clock.
On that good score of 38 could Jonty Evans catch Michael Jung t only one
inside the time. This horse has got quite a round action. Still he
covers the ground. A brilliant dressage test for Ingrid
Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob, as they come to the Staircase. One of
the best jumpers in the sport of eventing. When he came out as a
young horse some of the top showjumpers were trying to buy him.
He looks hesitant over these steps. Needs to step up a gear. It is many
years since Ireland have won the title here. But this is certainly
their best chance for a long time. Jonty Evans clear. Gets a good line
through there. Still on target and far from slow.
Sam Griffiths, nice gallop and turns into these fairly massive gates. You
can see there from the penalties, the jump judge and the ground jury,
they have given him 50 error for the error at the corner.
I am sure there'll be discussions later on in the evening. Still
looking full of running.
Looking determined. Good jump in.
Oh, and a big stride out. Still manages to chip in the second stride
and quickly away. Quick pat for the horse. Thanks,
mate! Jonty Evans coming up to the Corral.
Based up at Cheltenham. I love the way this horse is so
light, such a good jumper. Careful, but quick.
Very neatly through there. There is a longer route. There it's three
jumping efforts rather than two. Most of the riders are tackling it
straight on. Not wasting any time. Ingrid has
always been known as a very fast rider across the country.
And a great stride over the bridge. You can see the horse's shape. The
neck neek of his front legs and his head and neck in the balance. Just
quite brilliant over that fence. Jonty Evans coming to the corner.
This the fence he talked through. Jumps well enough.
Oh, and the horse just looks right and glances right. Ah! I think Jonty
will perhaps appreciate he didn't ride it quite as he should it should
have been ridden and that's so unfortunate.
Let's see it again. Just watch the horse look right.
Impact left and then right. He tried to change it but could not get the
horse to concentrate on the all-important line.
That is such bad luck. And Sam Griffiths coming towards the
end. This rather big log. A bit of a drop
on the landing. It's quite an angle. Rileders have to be aware of that
landing and keep the balance. He's kicking on T clock's looking good.
He will, as yet, be unaware of the 50 penalties. I don't think he'll be
a terribly happy bun any when he finds out -- bunny when he finds
out. Kicking on to the last. Quite a good time.
Comparing to everybody else what's ahead of him.
How did you feel out there as you were going around your course? My
horse went beautifully. She's a superb horse. It rode tough out
there. It is showing in the results that it's a tough course to ride
around. THE COMMENTATOR: Ingrid and
Horseware Hale Bob. They jump the bank. A little
hesitantly, but perfectly safely. She wastes nothing in the approach
to the fence or getting away. The time is looking pretty comfortable
at the moment. Still here country colleague, the
only one inside the time, Michael Jung and Sam. Top of the leaderboard
on the overnight score of 40. This is probably Michael Jung's biggest
danger. They have been such competitive colleagues for many
years. This water... Nicely over the log in
the mid-. She's got the line. And there's no problem there. Two-thirds
of the way around and Michael Jung will be biting his finger nails.
And Jonty, disappointing 20 for them on the board, but he's kicking on
till the end. Fantastic potential in this horse. I think it is a
combination we'll see a lot of in the future. Certainly will be the
mainstayer of the Irish team later this year for the European
Championships. Has to put that disappointment behind him. It's a
bit of a learning curve, but he has to be thrilled with this young horse
and you can see he's delight. A great performance.
So frustrating to have a run out? He was brilliant around the course. He
was dubious about the Staircase. After that he seemed to grow in
confidence and he was super. I cannot fault him. I have to hold my
hands up. It was my mistake. So, we'll go away and we'll learn frit.
When you look at the leaderboard, the guys at the top of the
leaderboard do this week in, week out. I've only got this one at this
level. I've got some lovely young ones. It was a great experience and
he was fabulous. He didn't put a foot wrong. There was a lot of
support for you, I was at the Staircase and the cheering must have
lifted you? It does. I don't live very far away. I live near
Cheltenham, so it's almost local and half of Gloucestershire comes to
Badminton. It is great. They cheer you home and it does help. The crowd
support is fabulous! A very frank analysis from Jonty. This girl could
go top of the leaderboard. She's going that well. Coming up now
to the Mirage Pond. The crowd has been absolutely enormous. They are
still here now as we get to the exciting closing stages of this
cross-country competition and the world's best and they are here for
this year's Badminton title in a big way, beginning to get an exciting
finish on the horizon. She east going to go -- she's going
to go long. A few seconds wasted, but not many. Oh, a slip, we've seen
one or two of those. The green grass on the fairly firm,
fairly hard-going, really making it slippery in places.
Up now to the Corral. Ears pricked. This is a horse with so much
quality. A loot of the german breeding is involved. This, horse
which has got it there too. It gives this emthe speed, has made them
world leaders for so long. Being challenged by France now. But this
lady is not going to be beaten easily at the.
You have heard that rattling with those pins a lot, but there's no
problem, they stay in tact. And the great Mark Todd. We heard
him saying after his first ride that the horse finished full of running.
I reckon we'll see him close tore the optimum time on this one. Such a
brilliant rider over the years. 61 years young now. And he's still as
determined as ever. A bit of a twist over that second
fence. It is a big fence. Ingrid Klimke, now to those dual course.
-- to the Joules Corners. And the horse jumps it easily. She's on tar
et. This will be nip and tuck over the last third of the course here.
Down into the Lake. The Bullfinch. At the Hunt 'sman close now. A
stumble, but quickly picks up. All importantly for ingrid, the horse
still looks pretty fresh. Remember her father won Olympic golds for
Germany in the world of dressage. This lady is so talented.
Actually this a horse that was part of some very big part of the horse
jumping world. That could be important here at these gates. Oh,
pops through. Everything's in tact. The Lake for Toddy. Didn't have the
best jump in the first ride, but much better. Pure class in this one.
Oh, kicks for the one and another horse, yet another horse to chip in
that stride. He was quickly, he's waving to the
crowds. He's a cool crowd. At the Quarry. The horse still
looking full of running. The moment it looks as if she got that very
close to the time. 11. 35, remember. As you look at that clock counting
down, she's got 42 seconds left. She can afford nine seconds over and
still be in contention. She would then be level with Michael Jung on
Sam. So, nine seconds over. That's all she can afford to still retain a
part leadership. Quicker than that, and she will take the lead and it's
going to be that close. All uphill now. The horse full of running.
Under the Grandstand roof. The crowd building here as we get towards the
final climax of this cross-country. What a day it's been. She's going to
go over. We're looking for something under nine seconds to get the lead.
She's going to do that. She's going to do it. One second. Can you
believe it! 0.4 of a penalty between Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung.
Germany, one and two. A great finish in prospect.
Well, Mark Todd didn't get the most perfect stride on his first horse at
this bridge. The horse showing all its scope possible as he just pops
over it. CLARE BALDING: Record crowds here.
There are fence judges. At fence 24, they had a look at whether Ingrid
Klimke dislodged the frangible pin. Did she break it? Did the fence drop
down? If so, it would incur 11 penalty points. That's where she hit
it. You will see her look around when she jumps the second gate. The
judges said, yes, you have hit it, you have broken the pin. That is 11
penalties. She appealed and the grand jury finally took those
penalty points away. Which means she does lead narrowly from her
countryman Michael Jung. The best of the British at the moment is
Rosalind Canter ahead of Alexander Bragg. Then we have Mark Todd and
Yoshiaki Oiwa. Well Ingrid Klimke has had a torrid
five minutes. You thought you were leading, then you thought you
weren't and now you are. And now they took it away. He did a
fantastic round and he deserved it. He's a good jumper. They gave you 11
penalties and you appeal it? Yes. He was jumping it very careful for
So they went and checked it again and realised everything was clear.
So now, on reflection, what do you think you've done so far at this
competition? I think I'm so proud of Bobby because he was bold. It was
tough. It was not an easy round. I could not wave to the crowd, enjoy
myself too much. I knew everything was quick. He wanted to go fast. He
was a bit strong. He wanted to go faster than I wanted to prepare.
Every time I had him, he saw the line, jumped and was fluent and pure
fun, really. I don't know whether you realise this, you could afford
to be nine seconds over and be level with Michael Jung. You were eight
seconds over, that is why you are in front. So, one second. So we both
will have to ride clear tomorrow.ly give everything to do it. Bobby is a
very good showjumper, isn't he? He is a very good showjumper. I have no
worries he does it well. I did the alternative route at the third
quarter. I think that was a few seconds. But I am very, very happy.
Well done, ingrid. Thank you. Mark Todd at the Hildon Pond. Now a
little tap on the shoulder and just pops out. These are enormous logs.
Well, this is Lauren Kieffer, one of the leading American riders. On a
very good horse, Veronica and by Rebecca Farm. Her second ride.
Safely through the Staircase. The Mirage #1k57 pond has caused some
problems throughout the day. -- Mirage Pond. Perfect line in and
equally perfect out. Brilliant style. Didn't have a good ride on
her first. Didn't get round but now the Lake. A lovely mare. # oh, oh, I
thought she might duck out but this is a mare, that with Lauren has been
twice second at Kentucky. Well the dressage leader starts, CHistopher
Burton and Graf Liberty. Over the first. An incredible test. Todd on
his second ride. Back at the corners. He had that good dressage
of 43.6. He won't go into the lead but he could get up into the top
five. This a man who has won here four times. CHistopher Burton, a big
threat to Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung. A
really good jump here. The mare, that Karen O'Connor rode and
finished her career but taken over by Lauren Kieffer and has been very
successful. Surprised she's gone the long way round. This is a mare
that's normally quick across the country. Did have a nasty fall going
across the gate in Rio. The Lake for Graf Liberty. A little test on the
landing. Gets the one stride. Not many have done that. That just shows
the scope of this horse's jumping ability and the length of his
stride. So, Mark Todd, NZB Campino. NZB the New Zealand firm that
sponsored him to bring him out of retirement. He retired in 2000. Came
out for Hong Kong Beijing in 2008 and he is back in the top of the
world. Could he have two in the top ten? A great performance that would
be for Mark. Time ticking away. He is quick but not inside the time.
Stops the clocks 17 seconds over. 50.4, goes third. CLARE BALDING.
Mark Todd is another who had a smooth ride. How did Campino feel?
Not the fastest thing on four legs but tried hard. Around a curse like
this sometimes it feels messy but the good horses want to jump the
fences and want to go between the flags and they try their heart out
for you. COMMENTATOR: The great Veronica and Lauren Kieffer through
the Quarry. They haven't looked the fastest around this course but thief
jumped immaculately. Never putting a foot wrong. Christopher Burton, he
won Burghley last year. He could challenge the two Germans. Oh, ran
out of energy there. The horse just dried up on him and this is a
surprise. This is probably the fastest rider of cross country
throughout the world. Not normally a case of the horse losing momentum
but he did there and so that's 20 penalties and puts Chris Burton out
of the reckoning. And Tim Price had, well that's interesting. He has The
Lake and going the long route. Unexpected. Not quite sure what is
going on here but he's obviously had this planned. Oh and just a little
cautious in. Maybe that's why he didn't tackle that big log but takes
the quick route out. Gets the two strides and turns away and really
wastes very little time. A little slap with the stick to make sure he
stays going forward. Lauren Kieffer finishes. Lauren Kieffer, the
leading American rider at the moment. David O'Connor the team
manager, here trying to support the Americans but they've not had a good
day and the surprise is - she's clear but the surprise is she is
over time. Normally the mare is very quick indead but it is going to be a
67.2 score for Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. That will put them 13th
place. And here Christopher Burton, a
little bit dejected after that silly stop at the water but makes nothing
of these trick Y corners. And Christopher Burton coming to the
end. Well that's fascinating. After the stop he slowed up. Was visibly
going slower and look at the time, faster than most competitors out
there. So he must have been right up on the clock before he had that
problem. Disappointing but this horse was off last year, so he will
be happy that he is back and showing the form.
Tim Price and Xavie Faer a may scombroort of the team these days.
His wife who rides expecting a baby in August so it is up to him right
now. Up to the Corral. Positive and jumps it well. Looking good on the
clock. Oliver Townend on his second ride. ODT Ghareb. Oh, tips Oliver
forward into the Lake. Quick recovery. That shows Oliver's
brilliance, strength and balance. He reorganised himself and the horse
and jumps out beautifully. Still a big crowd here. Dogs, children, you
name it, they all come here to watch this cross country, it is a big
crowd. Tim Price comes to the Joules Corner. He has gone quickly, but he
could come a long way up the leaderboard with a good, quick
round. The Hollow for Oliver Townend. A good picture of the horse
kicking out there, hiteding the flag. Perfectly legal. Under way.
Back with Tim Price. He had a disappointing ride at Lexington, so
he will be looking to make it up here. He is through the Quarry.
Nearly in sight of home. And Oliver, at the hill done Pond. Almost lifted
the horse over there. Keeps it going, keeps the momentum. Doesn't
waste a lot of time. Andrew Nicholson on the great Nereo. This
man has won all the majors except the title here at Badminton. Nereo
now a senior but Andrew thinks he's in good nick. It Tim Price and Xavie
Faer coming into the arena. Look at the time. This is very impressive.
Probably the fastest we have seen all day. Faster than Michael Jung.
We knew he was fast across the country but look at that, cruising
over the finish line, one second within the time, brilliant. Nice to
get close to the time and inside the time on a day like today. I'm really
pleased. And on a day like today, it makes a real difference to the
leaderboard. Definitely. I want to do a bit of dressage on this horse,
which will come in future. It is not all about a climb. But it is great
to come out and have a climb like that and testament to a great day's
sport of cross country. Tait ate Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. This
horse has won Burghley and several of the big ones. Could this horse
now be in contention for this win? Dressage is good enough. The Joules
corner for Oliver. Look at his expression. Eyes on the fence. Oh,
doesn't get the perfect stride. Recovers quickly and stretches for
that two stride. Not the fastest horse of Oliver's but he's doing a
brilliant job out there. Andrew Nicholson. 15, 16 months ago he was
covering from a virtual broken neck. A brilliant recovery. Now very much
back on son. Gives himself sometime. Riding brilliantly. Good build-up.
It is showing. Away from the Hildon Water Pond and he is on a good
target. And Oliver setting up for the gates. We have seen them being
rattled and broken pins. He almost lifts the horse again. And
interestingly, he swings around the tree it is. To get straight for that
final gate. Taps in 234 in front but leaves it standing. Andrew Nicholson
coming to the Corral. We have seen him exercising his neck a little
when he has been riding. Just stitches up. He wants the free do.
Needs all the freedom to get ride lines and angles but he dozen that,
no problems. They are looking good at the rail. Well, kicking and
giving it all he is worth and Gharee Berks gallops to the final test.
Tail squishing, ears back and the crowd cheers. A brilliant ride. The
horse has enjoyed that cheer from the crowd. Gives a great jump over
the last. Look at the time, as I said not the fastest horse of
Oliver's but brilliant performance. 13 seconds, 6th position. Andrew
Nicholson back at the Quarry with Nereo. 17 years' old but looking
good. Full of running. Quell get a look now. Andrew trying it make
every use of this great old horse. Filing down to the two big rushes.
It is going to be nip and tuck. Very close. Remember, on that score of 38
he is on, after dressage. Ingrid Klimke is there and Michael Jung,
40. That means he canner hardly afford any time at all. Across the
second last. Now for home. The horse is giving 200%. The crowd will love
this. He's such a competitor and the crowd so knowledgeable. They'll be
urging him home. He's not going to get there. It's.4 for every second.
One slip, two slips, over the last. Oh, it is going to be close. He is
not going to make T there we are, six seconds over, he goes third.
What a round from the Kiwi. Clare Balding. He was so close to
making the time. He looked close to slipping out there? He slipped it a
few times but he is a big, rangy horse. He is older N his youth he
probably would've pedalled the back legs quicker or less stride or maybe
I was pressing a bit hard, who knows but when the ground is dry with
green grass, you notice on a big horse, my first never slipped but
she's like a pony. Early margins, barely a sense in it between the top
three. Clear round. That's what we have to do, so the pressure is still
on. Andrew Nicholson never holds back but look at the leaderboard,
dominated by Germany, New Zealand and Great Britain moving up the
order: 31 horses jumped clear and just two
with inside the time. Not a fence between them, not even a time gap
between the two top and then a gap to Tim Price. Now this is the final
day where the Mitsubishi trophy will be decided. Now after vets
inspections, three horses didn't make it through, one is Lissa
Green's horse and Becky's who jumped clear cross country and most
significantly, aleggs Ander Bragg 's horse, did a grab, they were lying
in eighth but had to pull out. Emily Galruth had a heavy fall. She was
taken to Southmead hospital and remains in intensive care. Our
thoughts are with her and hope she makes a speedy recovery.
thoughts are with her and hope she makes a speedy recovery. As well as
today's action and seeing who will be this year's champion, we'll bid a
farewell to a crucial member of our BBC team. Zblts appropriate that
Mike Tucker is bowing out at Badminton. Born and raised nearby,
he started competing here in the 196 #0s. He put on a great show for the
BBC cameras. Tait tanchts Mike unfortunately is catapulted out of
the saddle. Even before he retired he was getting straight off the
horse to join the commentators. Oh, Lucinda takes no time. And again
perfection through there. Combining commentary and riding must have been
a challenge in 18 138 when he came oh so close to winning Badminton on
a horse he bred himself. General Bugl he can. A natural over the
cross country fences, dressage hampered his chances of victory that
year but even so, only the great Lucinda Green could beat him it take
her fifth title. Go on, go on, go on. For 40 years, Mike has been
entertaining us with his crucial contribution to equestrian sport on
the BBC and since 1992 he has been our lead comem Taitor all around the
world. He has seen Zara Phillips grow from a little girl who looked
up to him, to a ruder who became world champion.
She's done it, Zara Phillips, the world champion. He's been the choice
to guide us through the Olympics, first in London... What a
performance! And last year in Rio, with more gold for Charlotte
Dujardin and Skelton skel. Mike, it has been an amazing career.
Important for you to finish here at Badminton? There's been a huge
family association with this estate. My father farmed here, my mother was
born here. This was always going to be the local gym karn that from the
word go. Some years you rode and commentators, not at the same time,
nearly! It was a challenge. One that one enjoyed because there's a lot of
similarities between riding and commentating. It's all adrenaline,
as you are well aware. Having done it, you could actually put more into
the commentary. I really enjoyed that. You always had a particular
strength of feeling for the Olympics. When did that start? Well,
it started in 1968. We were all given the opportunity to go as
grooms to hex co-and I was -- Mexico and I was very privilege to groom
Cornishman. They won gold, an amazing Olympics. The one memory I
have it is when I was holding the horse, the National Anthem was
played. It was magic. I remember saying to myself, gosh, I want a
piece of this. That is where it all stemmed from. You set yourself an
ambition to call a British gold medal. That is dependant on other
people. It took a long time to come. My word, it did. Started 1996, and
it was London when everyone came right in a big way. This could be
the first gold... Since 1952 and Britain have got gold! Three gold
medals. It was wul worth waiting for. What a game to bow out on in
terms of success in Rio. It is the fairy teal of all. Charlotte --
fairy tale of all. Charlotte winning back-to-back was special. The one
for me which was the best moment of my commentary life, that was Nick
winning that individual gold. For a man's career who'd gone from highs
and lows and remembering he broke his neck in 2000, came back to the
best form on the world stage and that last day he did get better and
better. It was magnificent. I had tears in my eyes. I'll be the first
to admit. It's been a pleasure to listen to you for all of those
years, work alongside you for some and good luck for today. Thank you
very much. Very kind. And before Mike does his final piece
of commentary for the BBC, he was out there in the middle of the arena
to receive a very special trophy from the Duchess of Cornwall. That
is what he uses to comment tat with and a picture of the British horse
federation. Very apt she should make that press sensation. Our leader in
the clubhouse is Mark Todd, at 61. He's going strong. He has two horses
in the top ten. He went clear and on 58.1 penalty points, he is our
leader. It is four penalties. It is one penalty for any second or part
of a second over the optimum time, 87 seconds and the first horse we
will see live is Oliver Townend. We are joining our commentary team.
THE COMMENTATOR: Winning in 2009 on Flint Curtis. To finish on 56.2, in
seventh place. But he's got No leeway whatsoever.
Toddy finishing on the first of his two rides. He went out of word with
Leonidas on 68. A combination which have not always
had their best results, but Olly is very competitive. The time has been
very influential throughout the day. That is unfortunately one down there
for Oliver and another one. It is going to be expensive. It's a very
good track. It is big, it's square, it's vert kasmt
-- vertical. Although it looks a very flat arena in here, there's a
gentle slope up and down and it does make a difference to the horses'
strides. The downhills, just sit there and hold tight. A long way off
that. That's a short distance in there.
Oliver made it look quite easy. He's, I think deliberately keeping
off the rails, acting for a little bit of standoff. Not getting him in
too close. Another one goes. Already gone down more than three places. He
was seventh. And the last. It's expensive. It's 16 to add.
The time is all right. So 72 .2 for Oliver and Ghareeb.
So, he goes down seven places. Expensive.
Yes, it was expensive. Just kicked it out in front there. He got one of
them earlier behind. And Oliver looks despondent as he
walks out. Now the turn of Rosalind Canter.
She's been one of our top young riders for quite a while. Here last
year she had to withdraw in the end of the day before she'd even done
cross-country simply because the horse's heart was not in the rhythm
required. She went to burg burly last year. Really cross-country this
combination went well. Rosalind Canter with Allstar B.
54.5. Currently in sixth place. She's going to stay ahead of
Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan and indeed Mark Todd, she's got to jump clear.
Full house. Absolutely packed. And we're in for a nail-biting
finish. Britain want young stars for the future and this very much could
be one. Certainly could be. She did a brilliant round yesterday. Again
she did a great round at burglary. -- at burley.
He wants to jump the fences. And Ross has done a brilliant job of
jumping with him and on the flat. A real hopeful for the British team, I
should think. Later this year for the European Championships that are
going to be held in Poland. It is great to see some of the
youngers coming through for the British selectors, so they have
choice. Clare said one of her disappointing bits of news this
morning was the withdrawal of Alexander Bragg and Zagreb, they
were potentially another pair. We'll see that combination around for a
long time, hopefully. The reason he was out this morning will not
detract from his future career. Clear! And inside the time.
Stays on that 54.5. Remain in sixth place. Recognition
as a future star. He gets lots of height over these
fences. He never touched the pole in there.
Ears always forward, looking to what he's doing. Look at the height
behind. So Rosalind Canter will be our
leading British rider here at Badminton. A great chance to be
selected for the British Championships. This is our leader,
Ingrid Klimke, in that bright jacket, I love to come back here and
watch the riders go for their final preparations. She knows the title is
within her grasp. The people that can beat her, well Michael Jung, he
can. He's over on the right. The top five are three New Zealanders, two
German riders and Andrew Nicholson. What a story. The record of 35
completions, but never won Badminton before.
THE COMMENTATOR: Well, this is where every fence down gets to cost the
winner of this year's trophy could get ?100,000. A record top prize.
The second ?54,000. Then down to ?41,000. Then to ?21,000. So a pole
will be very expensive. Mark Todd jumped a brilliant round earlier on
his first horse and he is particularly good in this phase. A
rider that's jumped right at the top level, at Grand Prix, representing
New Zealand and showjumping as well as eventing. He could have done it
in dressage as well, had he wanted to turn his hand to that.
Such a good eye. And incredible balance. This horse goes with his
head quite low. Mark doesn't interfere with him. He uses his head
and neck to balance himself. The Kiwis hoo-ha r had what such a great
record -- who have had such a great record. He probably jumped one of
the worst showjumping rounds he's ever jumped. Dropped New Zealand out
of a team medal and him out of a medal. I think that is one he'll
want to forget. He will not be thinking about that at the moment.
Brilliant! His showjumping experience of two Olympics have
really helped him in that phase. He gets at least fifth place. Could it
be more? Well, before we see the top four,
let's grab a word with Ross. How did you do it? Well, it is just trying
to hold, and I have never been in an atmosphere like this. But I am on a
super jumper. He's consistent. As soon as he goes to the start, he
clocks into work mood. Mode. This is a terrific result. A very different
experience to last year? Last year we did the dressage test. He had a
heart defibration. He had to go to the vet. We have been learning all
the time. We have been gearing up for a good result. It is a case of
getting all three together at the right time. We pulled it off. It
could be the start of a very good year for you. Well done. Thank you
very much. Now it is Tim Price. New Zealand,
and this a mare who went beautifully across-country yesterday. 48.2.
Along with Michael Jung. One of only two to go inside the time. But this
a horse that hasn't jumped too many clear rounds in a final phase.
He's jumped clear twice since he started in 2015 in eight runs.
Very important he jumps one here. He's on 48.2. He has got one, but
not two fences. A clear round would put the pressure on the top three.
It certainly looked impressive so far in this round. As the round goes
on, sometimes... Oh, certainly something there. He pushed and got
the result he wanted. But it is often as the round goes on and these
horses get a little bit flatter if they are not known to be careful. So
far, looks good. The New Zealanders are trained by
one of the top Spanish show jumpers, ever. He is a very good man on the
ground. one of the top Spanish show jumpers,
ever. He is a very good man on the ground. Has he got this combination
wound up to jump a clear round at a crucial time? Got to jump clear to
stay ahead of Mark Todd. . One like to go.
Oh, a little tap there. One to G a brilliant round. Oh, he really has
held his nerve. He's got a time fault, though. He's got a time
fault. But that, I think is going to keep him in fourth place. 49.2.
And he stays ahead of Rosalind Canter. Well, Mark Todd is with me
so. Two horses finishing so high. Well done? I'm chuffed. A great
week. Both have come out today and jumped well. They felt really good
after yesterday. So I'm declieted. You know and I know -- I'm
delighted. You talked about Rio, the worse Dave your life and the horses
come out here and jump clear, in fact both did. I don't know what it
was in Rio that upset him. I think he is much happier on grass for some
reason, although he is a bit nooky out there, he tries harder What is
your prediction? Who will win from the top three? Well, I have to say,
you know, Ingrid and Michael are so consistent. You know everybody would
love Andrew to jump a clear round and do well. This horse hasn't been
the most consistent but having said, that everything seems to be jumping
very well this afternoon, you never know. Thank you, Mark and well done
again. Thank you. COMMENTATOR: Well, this a man who has had 35
completions around Badminton, never won it. Within in the top 3 on
numerous occasions. This horse has been good to him. Helped him win
individual bronze in the worlds in 2010 in Kentucky but this phase has
tended to be his weakest. Only jumped clear in the final phase on
five occasions out of 11 completions. But could this be the
one that really matters? And then gives him a chance of making that
dream come true and getting him that Badminton win which he really,
really wants? I must just remind you he is 0.8, not 8, but 0.8 behind the
leader. Oh, he is living dangerously.
It's almost too frightening to say anything watching this.
Come on. Ah, the clock, he is going to get a time fault. He is going to
get one but that's a all. That is masterful piece of riding in the
final phase. He has done his job and so has Andrew. 41.4 his final score.
It could be time faults deciding this. Well, we have never seen this
horse jump for many, many years a clear round and Andrew did a
masterful job out there. Absolutely fantastic. None of us wanted to
speak, none of us wanted to breathe whilst he was out there and Nereo,
lived up to his brilliant reputation of being a fantastic horse and a
brilliant cross country horse. Now great in the show jumping as well.
So, to the last two of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse
Trials. It's Germany 1 and 2 but Andrew Nicholson for New Zealand
right up there. Neither can afford to have a fence down to keep ahead
and, in fact, two time faults - and we've had plenty with more - could
also decide this. Michael Jung, double Olympic champion, double
European champion and of course holder of the Badminton title when
he jumped clear last year. He's jumped some seven clear rounds of
his nine starts in four star final day jumping. But he did two years
ago lose the Badminton title at the very last fence.
He gave that first fence a little rub, which probably would help.
Michael such a good show jumper and Sam is a very good jumper but he has
had the odd fence down. We know it Oh, and there it goes. Well, that
has moved up, putting pressure on Ingrid right now. Pressure is the
dangest danger for both Ingrid and mike A last year he won in Kentucky.
If he had won here he could have' set up another Grand Slam at
Burghley but it is not going to be. He has been such a prolific horse.
An incredible winner throughout his career and at 17 years of age, still
looks like a youngster and gave a masterful performance cross country
yesterday. Time to going to be all right. It's
the one fence down. It drops him below Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. A
final score of 44 for Sam and Michael junction. CLARE BALDING: He
can't defend his title but this man could win it for the first time. It
is rare to get a clear on Nereo but gosh you did well there? Yes, he
needs to be a very good jumper and probably has not got such a good
reputation because he has been fast at big events and the ground has
been very heavy and they are not machines but he showed today he can
do it and 17 years old, all I need now is Ingrid to help me out and,
here we go, we'll wait and see. The dream will yet come true. We may
keep you here and find out. COMMENTATOR: Down to the last. The
overnight leader, after that challenging cross country yesterday,
it is Ingrid Klimke on Horseware Hale Bob Old for Germany. 39.6, so
she can't afford to have a fence down. Nereo now on 41.4, so, she
couldn't afford to have two time faults. She could have one and still
win but she couldn't have two. She would be the first female rider to
win Badminton since Lucinda Freddics back in 2007 and of course in 2015
she finished second to Chilly Morning and William Fox Pitt.
Well, we know this is a brilliant show jumper and Ingrid said at the
end of her cross country round that she's pretty confident about him in
the jumping ring. A little rub there at the back. But then there is the
pressure and the expectations but Ingrid is a pretty cool girl - oh.
Andrew Nicholson has won his first Badminton title. Well, well, well,
the crowd will go mad with that result. Oh. Well, we've had two of
the best horses and riders in the world just have poles down and given
Andrew Nicholson his first Badminton win. I can't tell you how thrilled I
am for him. No, me, too. I couldn't agree more. Let's just remind you,
particularly those who don't watch the sport on a regular basis. Andrew
Nicholson to nearly broke his neck at Gatcombe horse trials in the
final fence in 2015. He made a major recover rain sadly, it is all
falling apart P oh, dear, Ingrid Klimke is one of the best riders in
the world and she doesn't deserve this because she is dropping down
now, dropping down the order and as we said earlier, it is going to be
expensive It is going to be expensive. Poor Ingrid, it has gone
wrong. But as well as Andrew, I would like to say a huge thank you
and recognise Libby, the owner of Nereo, an incredible owner, so loyal
over the years. You are absolutely right To the last. She is going to
get time faults as well. It is 12 jumping and five, actually one time.
It is 13 and she goes on to 58.6 and it is going to drop her down to
fifth place. Well, well, well, one thinks back to the days of the horse
she rode at Championship level for many years, she had some horrible
finishes then but one didn't expect it today and... No, we didn't expect
that at all. CLARE BALDING: I am with the man who has won Badminton
for the first time in his career. Andrew Nicholson. Oh, hugs all
around. That is aextraordinary. Your grandson there and son here.
Desperate for Ingrid it went wrong but for you a very long time coming?
It has been wrong for me quite a few times as well. I know what it is
like and it is worth the wait. I can assure you, the feeling is much
better when you've waited. You missed this competition last year
because you were still recovering from a broken neck. Doctors told you
you should never ride again? No my so you are on, a clever man, Jeremy
Reynolds he is watching today. He told me straight after surgery that
he had done a very good job. I had good, strong bones and he was very
sure I'd be all right, it would be whether my mind would let me. So,
yes, clever men these surgeons. I don't think there has ever been any
doubting your mind. Oliver Townend was one who rushed forward to
congratulate you when we knew you were going to win. We will have a
look at those celebrations, you will see the strength of feeling around
event riders and owners, how much they put into the sport. How much
they know he has been through and Oliver Townend joked - it is the
only way he gets on TV these days, which is not true. But that shows
how much people appreciate... And the likes of Jonty Evans andestaway.
These people who have worked for me when they were young, and they are
beating me regularly at big events and I feel very proud being
associated with them and that's why they are so excited for what I've
done. Yeah, it's a good feeling. This is the won you really wanted,
wasn't it? Yeah, it is the first event I came to when I came from New
Zealand when I was 18. I came to groom for Toddy. I thought it was
easy, no problem at all. You just turn up with a horse and take the
prize home. That was 1984. I have learned it is not quite so easy.
Well, you couldn't deserve it more. Lilly is in tears, and your daughter
and grandson and Mark Todd wants to congratulate you. Let's confirm the
place, Andrew Nicholson is the Badminton champiour fore2017. Toddy
is congratulating you, over to Mike to confirm.
COMMENTATOR: Well, in what has been a tough competition where experience
has counted, it has been won by Andrew Nicholson, that will be
without doubt the most popular result that could have' been
expected at this this stage. Michael Jung was second and Tim Price for
New Zealand in third. Mark Todd then Rosalind Canter, Marked to and
Ingrid Klimke there too. Many congratulations to the man who broke
his neck and who has come back here to the champion. -- to be champion.
Clare Balding presents coverage of Badminton Horse Trials, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar.
2016 proved a memorable occasion as Michael Jung became the first German to win the event. Jung had already won at Burghley and Kentucky and this third consecutive top-level win meant he was only the second rider ever to achieve the Grand Slam.