New Zealand has a super strong contingent of seven combinations taking on the world’s best at the 2022 Badminton Horse Trials in May.
Included in the Kiwi list are 5* winners Tim Price aboard Ringwood Sky Boy, who won Burghley in 2018, and Jonelle Price with her 2018 Badminton winner Classic Moet. Sitting on the wait list is also Caroline Powell who in 2010 won Burghley with the mighty Lenamore.
World no.2 Jonelle is on the start list with Classic Moet, world no.3 Tim aboard Ringwood Sky Boy and his second mount Xavier Faer, Amanda Pottinger on Just Kidding, Bundy Philpott on Tresca NZPH, and new Kiwi Lauren Innes with Global Fision M.
Lauren just recently traded her British passport for a Kiwi one. Her father is a New Zealander and her mother Scottish. This will be the accountant’s 5* debut with Global Fision M.
Caroline is on the wait list with Up Up and Away with Sam Lissington and Ricker Ridge Rui also hoping for a start.
It’s been two years since Badminton has been able to run thanks to COVID but the field is as strong as ever with 2019 winners Piggy March and Vanir Kamira in, along with three of Great Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning team in Laura Collett, Tom McEwen, and world no.1 Oliver Townend.
It is a star-stacked field with entries from Australia, Belgium, Austria, France, Ireland, Germany, and the United States alongside the Brits.
Competition kicks off on Thursday (May 5) with dressage and finishes on Sunday (May 8) with the showjumping.
New Zealand has an impressive history with the event with Andrew Nicholson holding the record for most completions with his 38 efforts. Sir Mark Todd has completed the event 30 times, including winning his first outing there in 1980, and holds the crown as the oldest rider to win Badminton with his 2011 victory. Horton Point, who he won aboard in 1994, is the oldest horse to have won the event.
THE HORSE DETAILS:
Up Up and Away – owned by Mary & Cameron Crawford and Caroline
Ricker Ridge Rui – owned by Christine & Ken Quigley and Sam & Brayden Lissington
Just Kidding – owned by The Pottinger Family
Ringwood Sky Boy – owned by Tim & Jonelle Price and Sophie Hearnden
Xavier Faer – owned by Trisha & Sophie Rickards and Tim Price
Classic Moet – owned by Trisha & Sophie Rickards and Jonelle Price
Tresca NZPH – owned by Bryan and Bundy Philpott
Global Fision M – owned by Lauren Innes
WHAT: Badminton Horse Trails
WHERE: South Gloucestershire, Great Britain
WHEN: May 4-8, 2022
MORE DETAILS: https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison