Who won the Badminton Horse Trials special prizes at last week’s event presented by Mars Equestrian? Check out our full list…
Butler Bowl, to the best placed British rider: Laura Collett
Laura and London 52 won the event, finishing with 21.4, a record score for badminton.
“It was my childhood dream – when I was three my aunt was carrying me through badminton on her shoulders when Pippa Funnell was winning and I’ve wanted to be Pippa Funnell ever since,” Laura said after her win.
Laurence Rook Trophy, to the best British rider who has never played badminton: David Doel
David finished sixth on Galileo Nieuwmoed, clocking the nationwide time in just three seconds and shooting clean in the jumping.
“He is a class horse and a lovely horse and I am very happy to be able to ride him. His owner Gillian Jonas gave me fantastic support,” said David after his cross-country lap.
“He has a pretty cool canter and is quite an enthusiast now – he used to take quite a lot of kicking but now he’s got the reins under control. I was really excited about the form of his jump and how he kept jumping. We’ve done a lot of fitness work and Nick Turner has been instrumental in helping us get him fit enough and it’s paying off.”
Worshipful Company of Saddlers’ Saddle, to the highest scoring rider who is under the age of 25 on January 1, 2023 and has not yet won a Company saddle for the calendar year: Alice Casburn
Alice caused a stir when she made her badminton debut, finishing 19th at just 20 years old.
“I’m really, really nervous and as soon as I get in I’m ready to go and pretty happy with everything. I can understand why people keep going and going in this sport as I see how addicted to adrenaline can get,” Alice said after her cross-country round.
Glentrool Trophy, to the horse and rider who improved the most in their dressage placings: Alice Casburn and Topspin, who rose from 71st to 19th
Alice’s impressive performances in cross-country (4.8 time faults) and show jumping (one fault) on topspin propelled her up the rankings to win this trophy, which Alice said meant the most to her because her mother Caroline (née Sizer) had won them too.
Frank Weldon Memorial Trophy, to the rider of the youngest British-owned horse and finish in top 12: Ros Canter for 10-year-old Lordships Graffalo
Runner-up Lordships Graffalo is probably the horse most people wanted to take home from this badminton. He was the only horse to finish his dressage grade.
“I never dreamed of that result – we didn’t even know if he was ready, so finishing second is unrealistic,” she said. “He’s only 10 years old, but he’s such a pro every time he steps in the ring.”
cotswold life Trophy, to the best local driver: David Doel
David picked up the local driver’s prize for sixth place – he lives in Chippenham.
The William Miflin Memorial Trophy, to the rider of the horse with no cross-country jumping penalties and closest to the optimum time: Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class
Ballaghmor Class finished four seconds under the optimum time of 11 minutes and 44 seconds, with Oliver saying: “It was a privilege to drive him. This is his eighth five-star win, which he cleared. He worried me as he was warming up going over the top, then calmed down when he saw two gray hunters coming towards him. They became his friends like a comfort blanket and escorted him to the start. He’s a fun, quirky old horse, but one I’ll probably never have again.”
Both horses ridden by Oliver Townend won a special prize at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain Award to the owner of the best horse sired by an SHB(GB) graded stallion or Premium Stallion if it finishes in the top 12: Michele and Archie Saul for Lordships Graffalo
Lordships Graffalo descends from the Trakehner stallion Grafenstolz, who has sired many leading young eventing horses in British Breeding Futurity and is currently third eventing sire in the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses.
The British Horse Foundation will pay £1000 to the breeder of the top 12 placed British horse: Lordships Stud for Lordships Graffalo
Lordships Graffalo was bred by Lordships Stud at Writtle College, Essex, who was loaned his dam, Cornish Queen, by owner Pennie Wallace of Pencos Sport Horses. Cornish Queen is a Cornish Faer daughter who was started at the highest level by Katie Burton (nee Parker). Other Cornish Queen offspring include five-star mare Pencos Crown Jewel by Jumbo, ridden by Ros.
Farrier Award for the owner and farrier of the best shod horse: farrier Jim Blurton for Swallow Springs, ridden by Oliver Townend and owned by Paul and Diana Ridgeon
Oliver Townend was third on Swallow Springs, previously ridden by Andrew Nicholson. The pair went across the country in time and had a mistake on the last day.
“He fought his way through, but he’s an old professional, a real cross-country eventing horse,” said Oliver after his jumping round. “I’m very happy for Diana and Paul Ridgeon and all the owners involved.”
Stud voucher £500, to the owner of the best placed British mare: Trevor Dickens for Vanir Kamira
Piggy March was fourth on Vanir Kamira, a great result for the 17-year-old mare who won here in 2019.
“She’s an amazing little horse and she’s given me the best days of my life competing,” said Piggy. “I’m very proud of her.”
Mars Equestrian and Spillers Prize and Mark Holliday Memorial Trophy, to winner’s groom: Tilly Hughes for London 52
Tilly describes London 52 – known as Dan – as a “beautiful horse to look after”.
“He’s quite shy and can be insecure,” she said. “Sometimes he’s happy to just stand quietly in the back of his stall, but he can also come over to you and ask for a cuddle. But when Laura jumps at him at a big event, he’s definitely got his game face on, he’s like, ‘Let’s go!’”
David Beaufort Memorial Trophy, to the person who has contributed to the running of the Horse Trials over many years: Bernie Tidmarsh, badminton farrier for over 30 years
Embryo Transfer or Ovum Picking Session for the top placing UK bred or resident mare in the top 20% courtesy of Tomlinson Equine: Vanir Kamira
Another mare prize for Vanir Kamira – Piggy March piloted “Tilly”, an Irish sport horse by Camira De Haar Z, to a clear cross country round just one second before the best time. They finished fourth.
Breeder of the winner: Ocke Riewerts for London 52
Winner London 52 is by Landos, out of a mare by Quinar Z.
Images of the Badminton Horse Trials Special Prize Winners, taken by Peter Nixon and Nico Morgan
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