New look

12:20 01 April 2014

Riders’ entries are now in for this years’ Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (May 7 – 11), and another feast of top class international sport is in prospect.

Competitors from 14 other nations will take on the best of the British, with a major focus being selection for the World Equestrian Games, Normandie this summer.

Thirteen Australian horses and 14 New Zealanders are in the entry list, reflecting those countries’ riders being assessed for selection by performance in the northern hemisphere this spring. As usual there is a strong Irish contingent, with 10 horses, eight each from France and the USA and 7 from Sweden.

Eight former winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy will line up again this time, headed by double Olympic Champion Sir Mark Todd from New Zealand, with Andrew Hoy, Paul Tapner and Lucinda Fredericks from Australia, Mary King, Oliver Townend, Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt from Great Britain. Among those not to have won here Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) stands out with his record 33 completions to date and he must stand a great chance this time with a choice of two from Nereo (third here in 2013), Quimbo (Kentucky winner 2013) and Avebury (first and second at Burghley).

British favourite Mary King will ride Imperial Cavalier, who has completed on four occasions and has been third and fourth in the past; William Fox-Pitt has a choice of four, including European bronze medallist Chilli Morning.

Places in the British team are certainly up for grabs after the disappointing result at the European Championships last year, so competition for the record prize money and the best known Trophy in the world will be intense.

Over 130 entries were received for the 85 places available, so those on the ‘Waiting List’ will be hoping that some of those accepted withdraw over the next month. The full lists of those accepted and the Waiting List are on the Badminton website at www.badminton-horse.co.uk

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

10:18

Exmouth Town finally won their first match of 2015 when they overcame St Blazey 2-0, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:27
The Exmouth Deep Sea Fishing Club members who took part in the first trip of the new   season

Eight members of the Exmouth Deep Sea Fishing Club enjoyed a day-and-a-half long fishing expedition off the spectacular coastline featured in Poldark, writes Peter Cloke.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:03
Josh Grajczonek and Leigh Lanham in action during the Somerset Rebels meeting with Ipswich Witches

Recent history would suggest that the ‘Case’s’ Somerset Rebels match up against the Ipswich Witches for a Friday night Premier League group match would be stroll in the park, but sometimes, despite recent history, things don’t always play out as you would expect, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Fri, 19:41
Exmouth chess player Meyrick Shaw in play against internationalmmaster, Jack Rudd, watched by his Exmouth clubmate, Steve Murray.

The West of England Chess Championships were held at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, writes Bob Jones.

Read more
Fri, 12:44
Chris Bentley in action for Exeter Chiefs

Chris Bentley returns to the Cockles’ engine room for Saturday’s big game at home to Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Thu, 18:22

Devon have named a 14-man squad for Sunday’s final pre-season warm-up game against the Unversity of Exeter at Exmouth (11am).

Read more
Thu, 17:00
Football generic picture

Budleigh Ladies first season in the Premier Division came to a disappointing conclusion with this 7-1 defeat by third placed Feniton Ladies, writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 11:26
Harry Tincknell

Sidmouth speedster Harry Tincknell will compete for JOTA Sport in the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship on May 2.

Read more
Thu, 11:09

What has been a difficult Fresha League Premier Division season comes to an end for Budleigh Salterton Reserves this Saturday (April 18), writes SpursTom.

Read more
Thu, 11:09
golf generic picture

Up here on the common we have enjoyed the springtime feel about the place at Woodbury Park, writes John Bridgman.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read Sport

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder