Good Morning an welcome to day one of he Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
The weather may not be playing ball but the trade stands are up, the horses have trotted up and team Eventing WorldWide is set up in the media centre ready for an exciting four days of world class competition.
Yesterday’s trot up proved heart wrenching for Matthew Heath when his first Badminton was cut short when the ground jury spun The Lion. Aoife Clark’s Vaguely North and Tom Crisp’s Coolys Luxury were sent to the holding box but accepted on re-inspection.
Three horses were withdrawn before the trot up. First timer Michael Jackson was forced to withdraw Kangasong after breaking his ankle at Ballindenisk last weekend. Nick Gauntlett will now only bring forward El Grado as Crown Talisman has a temperature while Paul Sims has decided not to run Calador but will run Glengarnock.
Paul Tapner and the big grey Kilronan will be the first of 81 horses to perform the dressage test in front of the judges. They head inside the white boards at 9.30 this morning while Mark Todd will close proceedings on Oloa at 16.52 Friday afternoon.
We’re undecided here at team EWW as to whose lorry the Mitsubishi trophy will head home in on Sunday but we wish everyone a safe competition. Don’t forget to check out EWW for regular reports throughout the weekend and follow us on Twitter (@EventingWWNews) and like us on Facebook for to the minute updates.