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Surprise Winner Badminton Horse Trials !!!

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Joanne Bridgman
Australia's Sam Griffith WINNER !!!As to be expected SJing day was thrilling right to the end ,   and Australian Sam Griffith on the outstanding mare " Paulank Brockagh" are the winners of  the Badminton 2014 !!!
This combination moved up from 25th after dressage phase to  jump clear xc and take 1 rail Sjing,  
British  Oli Townend riding the experienced 4* horse "Armada" took 2nd moving up from 34th place in dressage .
Harry Meade and " Wild Lone" were 3rd , moving up from 46th place on first day.  This was a remarkable feat for Harry as only 6 months ago he had shattered both his elbows and it was doubtful if he would be able to ride again , let alone so soon .  
Sadly Paul Tapner  had 4 rails to drop back to 4th place....but still a top result !!!
The SJing took its toll . No clear rounds apart from Wendy Schaffer and " Koyuna Sundancer" jumping around clean with time faults , what a super jumper , by the legend  NZTB sire "Brilliant Invader ".
Mark Todd in the lake !!!NZ riders were wonderful as always  and not far off the mark.
Tim Price finished 9th , sadly taking 4 rails on his tired horse .
Lucy Jackson 11th .... how thrilling for Lucy at her first Badminton .  
The legendry Mark Todd  finished  up 14th , and check out this pic of Mark taking a swim in the lake !!!

Final results can be viewed here on this link .

Well, this year Badminton was rivetting right to the end .... A PROPER 4 * !!!
Lets hope this sets the standard for other 4*'s  ( apart from Olympics )  where the XC should be far more influential .
Watch this space I guess !!!!

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