The extraordinary Badminton Horse Trials of 2017…where dreams come true

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo won the 2017 Badminton title!

This year’s Badminton, the world’s most prestigious 4 star 3-day event which took place this past weekend, was extra special! Everyone had certain expectations about who would probably win. I followed the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials via livestream on the Badminton-horse.co.uk website and on Twitter (and a bit on Facebook). Coverage on Twitter was excellent. I’m currently in Argentina, so being connected to the BHT livestream service was a godsend… it was like having a front row seat! I had fantastic views of everything and heard excellent commentary from some of the world’s top even riders. So exciting! Fantastic! After 37 Badminton completions—many of which also took place during the “long-format” years—Andrew Nicholson finally won the Badminton title! I’m so happy for Andrew and Nereo his lovely, superb event horse. Andrew has made an incredible comeback—a strong unprecedented determination— after his bad fall and injury in 2015 which nearly left him paralyzed. He is one of the world’s most outstanding horsemen. Andrew Nicholson deserved to win and I’m elated that he finally did!

Everyone held their breath when the final three riders, Michael Jung (GER), Ingrid Klimke (GER), and Andrew Nicholson (NZ), one by one, headed out to ride the show jumping course. But the “horse race” is never over until it is over! Anything can happen at any moment, and that’s exactly what happened! We held our breaths, and our hearts stopped momentarily. It was a nail-biting finish. When Michael knocked down a rail, oh, and when quite unexpected, Ingrid knocked a number of rails down, I cried ! Andrew and Nereo won!! Excitement went viral among eventers and fans worldwide on social media. Badminton 2017 final results: 1. Andrew on Nereo (New Zealand); 2. Michael Jung & La Biosthetique-Sam (Germany); and 3. Tim Price on Xavier Faer (New Zealand).

If you missed some of the live action from Badminton, you can now see it on the Badminton channel on Youtube. These are the links. I’ll be adding more links over the next few days.

Watch the Badminton Horse Trials 2017 on Youtube

Andrew Nicholson Highlights of Badminton 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIcSCvAEphg&feature=youtu.be

#MMBHT winner Andrew Nicholson’s interview (May, 7, 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QYuIR9DCV8

First Inspection (May 3, 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wy2u2CgP_0&list=PLHIZmpDEJSZCiAHx3C78G0lfqPDBESp3f

Dressage (May 4 and 5)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfiiqhIsins

Dressage: Thursday # MMBHT nos. 31 – 53

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pWRvbxdQdE

Dressage: Friday #MMBHT nos. 54 – 80

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pWRvbxdQdE

Dressage: Friday #MMBHT nos. 83 – 111 [ Andrew Nicholson & Nereo no. 111 ]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucTywEAKrao

Cross-country (May 6, 2017)

Saturday #MMBHT Cross Country Phase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_eMFptrExs

Cross-country highlights (May 6, 2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU7SPt5UsQ4

Sunday #MMBHT Final Horse Inspection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig8S27BI2P4

Show Jumping (May 7, 2017)

Sunday #MMBHT Showjumping Morning Session

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGX6KaBBuTU

Sunday #MMBHT Showjumping Afternoon Session & Prize Giving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNslyZbvbE

Happy New Year …new journey

The New Year is here ! My beloved Italian riding boots, my County saddle and I are getting ready to embark on a very long and exciting journey—one that I thought I would never undertake.  I can hardly wait to begin!

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New challenges are coming my way. New friends await. Amazing discoveries are on the horizon. The unique horses I’ll encounter will be unforgettable. So many things to look forward to and learn and do. And new heartwarming cuisine to enjoy. This new journey will be the new milestone in my life. Carpe diem !

Happy New Year  2017 !

Karin

New hoof protection: State-of-the-art- technology shock absorption

Megasus Horserunners

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