So who drove home with a magnificent trophy??
Sun, 10 May 2015 – Showjumping Report
The showjumping phase of Badminton truly did demonstrate that cream does indeed rise to the top, with only 8 clear rounds of 57 riders to complete. William Fox-Pitt held the trophy aloft after jumping a superb clear round aboard the chestnut stallion Chilli Morning, the first stallion to ever win Badders! Ingrid Klimke was second, proving that Horseware Hale Bob is as bright, bay and bouncy as he appears, and Jock Paget went from fifth to third even with a rail on Clifden Lush. Andrew Nicholson had a day he’d rather forget – 8 rails between two horses meant that he left the arena messier than a toddler’s bedroom.
The best placed Aussie was Sam Griffiths on Paulank Brockagh who definitely gets the Ladder Climbers Award – coming from 31st (!!) after the dressage to finish 10th.
From here, international eventing eyes turn to Taupo, NZ for the Oceania Eventing Championships – 15-17 May 2015. Sit Tight Radio will be keeping their ears to the ground for all the info!!
Badder’s XC Awards!
Sat, 9 May 2015 – Cross Country Report
Ride of the Day – For me, this went to William Fox-Pitt on Chilli Morning. Super accurate, smooth as and easily under time. Made me wonder how the heck I get hold of some of that semen. The horses, that is!
The SAT TIGHT! Award – Is shared jointly between Sam Watson who managed to conceal the fact that Horseware Bushman landed on his knees at the Mirage Pond and Bill Levitt on Shannondale Titan who didn’t even waiver when the horse left a leg on the ‘in’ at the Gatehouse Pond, so much so that I reckon had the horse actually fallen out from underneath him, Bill would have made the planned number of strides and jumped the brush by himself!
The You’re-Doing-It-Wrong Award – Andrew Hoy-Boy for his ride on Lanfranco. I’m not quite sure how to explain the wrongness to you, but the distance to the brush at the Gatehouse Pond was pretty bloody wrong, the ‘look down technique’ was wronger and getting knocked out of the saddle by the red flag? Surely that’s the wrongest?
The Wipeout Award – Caroline Powell aboard Onwards and Upwards left a leg at the New Gatehouse Pond and the resulting splash would have made any Wipeout contestant proud.
The Outback Dunny Award – Goes to Tapperz, who had a great ride on Kilronan, but on the younger horse Indian Mill he adopted the Toilet Seat so often that he needed to bring his own dunny roll.
We’d better watch the action tonight, as there are a number of fairytales that might play out. Current leader Nereo and third place Armada are full siblings, Andrew Nicholson aboard Nereo is looking for his first Badders title on his 40th(!!!!!) completion, and if Chilli Morning wins he will be the first ever stallion to have done so!! So break out the coffee!!!