Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Badminton Horse Trials 2014: photo gallery

14:08 13 May 2014

Mary King riding Imperial Cavalier GBR

Mary King riding Imperial Cavalier GBR

Kit Houghton

The 2014 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials proved a challenge to competitors

Event rider Sam Griffiths has been crowned 2014 winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

British-based Australian Sam climbed the leader board from 25th after the dressage to win the coveted trophy.

Sam’s one fence down on Paulank Brockagh, in a finale where not a single horse finished its showjumping round, scooped him his first Badminton win.

He said: “When I was a little boy I used to wait for the tapes of Badminton to arrive in Australia so that I could sit down and watch them.

“I used to dream about riding here, so to come and win is the culmination of that dream.”

Oliver Townend was the highest-placed British rider, climbing from 4th place overnight into 2nd, despite dislodging two rails on Armada in Sunday’s show jumping phase.

Olympic medallist Mary King, from Salcombe, near Sidmouth, retired Imperial Cavalier (Archie) from the competition during Saturday’s cross country phase after the gelding refused the second element of the Mirage Pond.

Mary exclusively told The Journal she would retire Archie at the end of the 2014 eventing season.

Badminton was his last major three-day event,” said Mary. “I will do some One Day Events with him this autumn to finish his career.

“When these great horses come to the end of their career you have to bite the bullet and accept it.”

Mary and Archie had the crowds on tenterhooks when the Olympic medal duo narrowly missed taking a tumble at the Outlander Bank owl hole.

Horse and rider drew audible gasps from the crowd when Mary nearly went over Archie’s head as the 16.2hh horse appeared to stop mid-way through the jump.

“I had been thrown forward onto his neck but he kindly kept his head up,” said Mary.

“He’s an older horse and a wise old man. After his upset with the owl hole he felt very polite and he lost his feistiness that he’s had in the past.

“I think he had switched off so when he stopped at fence 16 I had no hesitation than to raise my hand and give him a pat.

“I thought I wouldn’t ask any more of him. He’s done so much; so many huge courses in his life. He’s a proven cross country horse.

“When he tells me he’s not wanting to do it, it’s time for him to stop.”

The pair was high on the leader board overnight after Friday’s dressage phase.

Mary said Archie performed a ‘beautiful’ test, controlling his enthusiasm, and was ‘in the hunt’ for Saturday’s cross country phase, starting with 42 penalties.

She believed the sticky ground over the cross country course sapped Archie’s energy, holding him back.

“At the end of the day he’s an older horse. I am sure if it had been a couple of years ago he would have coped a bit better,” she said.

She said the decision to pull Archie up was taken ‘without hesitation’ after he stopped at the second part of fence 16 at the Mirage pond; a drop into water coming out over a narrow brush.

Mary said: “After he jumped immaculately around the first part of the course he started to feel one-paced.”

The new course, designed by Giuseppe della Chiesa, proved a challenge to competitors – with just 23 out of the 87 starters going clear, and no-one returning within the optimum time.

Mary said: “I have had some fantastic times at Badminton. I feel very sorry for the young riders that had things go wrong. It’s heartbreaking.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

06:30
A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

A service is being held in Exmouth to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:44
Exmouth RNLI assist with rescue of two men on a yacht

Volunteers from Exmouth RNLI were called out to help the rescue of two men on a 28-foot yacht.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:52
Withycombe Raleigh primary school's percussion band Stomp are pictured performing in front of their peers, teachers and families this week to help raise funds for their forth coming visit to the Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham. Ref exe 25-16SH 9554. Picture: Simon Horn.

Wtihycombe Raleigh Primary School’s stomp band’s performance has raised around £300 for a trip to the national music for youth festival.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Angela and Tony Westcott will be walking the Great Wall of China in aid of Alzheimer's Society. Ref exe 25-16AW 0860. Picture: Alex Walton

A Brixington mum - gearing up to walk the Great Wall of China for charity - has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response from the community.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:15
The new defibrillator at Beer. Ref shb 26-16AW 1132. Picture: Alex Walton

The legacy of a young woman will live on in her favourite seaside town after her family donated life saving equipment.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Milly Oakins, nine, sets out form Nelson Drive on her 10 mile walk for Hospiscare with mum Kim Snell and aunty Jade Beasley. Ref exe 23-16AW 9454. Picture: Alex Walton

A nine-year-old Littleham girl has raised an estimated £700 for charity by completing a 10-mile walking challenge.

Read more
Tue, 12:31
Otterton Primary School sports. Ref exb 26-16SH 0513. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures:

Read more
Tue, 09:43

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out to a fire involving a gas kettle on Monday (June 27).

Read more
Mon, 16:04
Exmouth Armed Forces Day took place at the weekend. Royal Marines gave a combat demonstration to the public. Ref exe 26-16AW 1289. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth marked Armed Forces Day in The Strand at the weekend. The Royal Marine Band Service opened the event with their marching band display followed by a combat ready demonstration by marines from the Lympstone Commando Training Centre. Hundreds of visitors turned up to enjoy the occasion and support our armed forces.

Read more
Mon, 12:30
Budleigh Hospital

A pilot wellbeing hub project at the former Budleigh Salterton Hospital is unlikely to open on a permanent basis this year.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications