The last Mitsubishi Motors sponsored Badminton Horse Trials saw Piggy French finally winning her first 5 star on her 25th attempt. Riding Trevor Dicken’s 14 year old mare Vanir Kamira, there isn’t a more deserving winner of the 2019 title.
With last year’s new dressage scoring system reducing the influence of the dressage scores, Eric Winter’s excellent cross country course provided a perfect test on great ground on the Saturday.
Oliver Townend had one hand on the trophy going in the final show jumping phase with a fence in hand on Ballaghmor Class but a careless rail and 1.6 exasperating time faults handed the trophy to an ecstatic Piggy by 0.3 of a penalty. Piggy was one of 11 of the 56 show jumping starters to jump clear inside the time.
Approx 45 mins