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Badminton Cross Country takes its toll !!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Joanne Bridgman
Badminton XC day was certainly one we shall never forget causing much controversy and NOT a dressage competition  this  year !!!  A true 4 * test however  the weather had a huge impact on  the results .
Dressage leaders no longer high on the leaderboad !!!
Lucy Jackson showing her class XC !!!  Tob job by Australian Paul Tapner and "Kilronan", moving into lead, He is the only rider that was in top 10 after dressage still  in top standings .   NZ 'er Tim Price on "Ringwood Sky Boy " made it all look easy moving up from 41st to 2nd   , the most stunning XC  round in a beautiful rythym,  and was fastest round of the day with 11.6 time .   Our dear friend Lucy Jackson  was outstanding  on " Willy Do "  currently in 10th place.  Legend Mark Todd took a bath but still 'the master' managed to get a clear round ( soaked to the skin )  currently lying 16th .
- less than half the field finished XC
-24 clear jumping rounds and no one in time
-25 Eliminated , including some of the big names hitting the deck like  Andrew Nicholson  William FP,  Mark Todd on his 2nd ride Leonidas II.
 -18 retired ( mainly after 1 stop and just calling it a day to save their horse for another big test).
- jump faults  were spread over the whole course , even fence 2 and 2nd to last fence
- NO horse or rider was badly hurt , all safe and sound !!!

Here is a interview with the leaders Paul and Tim ........
Bring on the SJing ............ it is very close at the top and results could change a lot still ... SO EXCITING !!!!!

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