By Alice Collins
Three riders from the USA will represent the nation at the upcoming Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England, May 2-6. Two from Canada are also slated to tackle the world’s best known and most iconic cross-country test. And H&C brings you every second of the action in our exclusive live stream.
Two American riders who were initially set to compete at Badminton — Olympian Phillip Dutton (Fernhill Cubalawn) and Katie Ruppel (Houdini) — have withdrawn, leaving Madeline Backus (P.S. Arianna), Will Coleman (OBOS O’Reilly) and Lauren Kieffer (Veronica) as the country’s three representatives.
The 2017 winner, New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, will be bidding to repeat the feat on Nereo, but so will the previous year’s winner, the unstoppable German rider Michael Jung and his vastly experienced partner La Biosthetique Sam FBW.
The list of past winners entered for 2018’s epic showdown doesn’t end there, as the 2014 top placed pair Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh are also on the start list. Eight riders who have previously won this coveted title — including legend Mark Todd (NZL) and Paul Tapner — are among this year’s contestants, who hail from 17 different countries. Competition looks set to be fierce, especially with the World Equestrian Games on the horizon, as all riders will be looking to impress the selectors for the year’s major championship, which takes place in Tryon, North Carolina in September.
Canada has one representative in the running, Selena O’Hanlon on Foxwood High, after the withdrawal of Rider Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee.
They are joined by a stellar cast of British riders on home soil, spearheaded by the 2017 Burghley Horse Trials winner Oliver Townend, along with Gemma Tattersall, Harry Meade and Tina Cook. William Fox-Pitt is currently second on the wait-list with Fernhill Pimms.
Horse & Country USA will be streaming the entire event live, so don’t miss a moment of the action.