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 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

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

First Inspection (May 3, 2017)

Dressage (May 4 and 5)

Dressage: Thursday # MMBHT nos. 31 – 53

Dressage: Friday #MMBHT nos. 54 – 80

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

Cross-country (May 6, 2017)

Saturday #MMBHT Cross Country Phase

Cross-country highlights (May 6, 2017)

Sunday #MMBHT Final Horse Inspection

Show Jumping (May 7, 2017)

Sunday #MMBHT Showjumping Morning Session

Sunday #MMBHT Showjumping Afternoon Session & Prize Giving


Nostalgic Moments… WEG 1998 Rome

The other day while I was digging through boxes of old photographs, I found a ton of photos that I had shot back in 1998 at the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy.  I spent nearly a week in Rome so I could watch all three tests of the 3-Day Event  World Championships. Those were still the days of the “long format” 3-day events.  So much different than what we see today.  Spectacular rides, great memories!

Here are some photos of Mark Todd riding Broadcast News, tackling the magnificent cross-country course designed by Albino Garbari at the Pratoni del Vivaro outside of Rome.



And here’s another photo of Toddy whilst doing the course walk prior to the show jumping.


As we all know, in 1998 the New Zealand team won gold, while Blyth Tait took the individual gold and Mark Todd took the individual silver; and Andrew Nicholson was 5th as individual.  Back then, it was a chance in a lifetime  to see these outstanding riders–the New Zealanders who were dominating the sport ( and still are !)–riding the course right there in front of me.

I won’t be able to attend this year’s WEG in Normandy, France.  Instead I’ll watch the 3-Day World Championships on television.  The good news is that a number of television channels here in Europe will be broadcasting the various WEG events from France.  I’m excited!

And may the best riders win!

Ciao, Karin


Photos copyright Karin Susan Fester (c) 1998-2014


Spectacular !… the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI 4*

It was an exciting weekend….BURGHLEY !!   The entire weekend I was glued to Twitter and Horse & Hounds live-feed to get updates of the competition at the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials  CCI 4*.

1.  Jock Paget/Clifton Promise (New Zealand), 2. Andrew Nicholson/Avebury (New Zealand), and  3.  Andrew Nicholson/Nereo (New Zealand). 

And the winner of the 2012-2012 HSBC  FEI CLASSICS is  Andrew Nicholson of  New Zealand.

It was New Zealand domination at this year’s Burghley…  Jonelle Richards /The Deputy placed 6th,  Sir Mark Todd/Oloa placed 7th, and  Andrew Nicholson/Calico Joe placed 8th.   Wow!    William Fox Pit/Parklane Hawk (Great Britain) placed 4th, and Ingrid Klimke/FRH Butts (Germany) placed  5th.

Watch videos of each rider’s/horse’s Dressage, Crosscountry, and Show Jumping tests  HERE >>>

The official 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trial results  > >

Here is a video from Horse & Country TV …interview with this year’s winner Jock Paget of New Zealand

Here is a video of the Burghley Cross Country

For more NEWS about Burghley 2013 follow me on Twitter  @CavalloDocile

Ciao, Karin

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Spectacular Olympic Eventing…Outstanding Riders, Awesome Horses!

OLYMPIC  3-Day Eventing results:


1. Germany  2. Great Britain   3. New Zealand


1. Michael Jung (Germany)   2. Sara Algotsson Ostholt (Sweden)    3. Sandra Auffarth (Germany)

Individual  rankings  HERE:

Please note:  Italy’s two riders did quite well.  I applaud both Stefano Brecciaroli and Vittoria Pannizon for the tremendous effort and great rides.   Vittoria Pannizon achieved 11th place in the overall  individual standings.  Pannizon’s dressage score was 53,50 , but she went CLEAR cross-country ride (no time faults) and 2 CLEAR  jumping rounds (no time faults)  in the show jumping test!   She has great potential–was lacking a bit in the dressage score–her horse is an excellent cross-country jumper.  Stefano Brecciaroli also an outstanding rider, achieved an excellent dressage mark  of 38,50 , but had time faults on his clear cross-country ride, and in show jumping rounds.  I really had hoped he would earn a medal for Italy.

Moreover, this particular Olympic cross-country course was quite difficult…that’s  the opinion of most riders…

HERE is an article with riders comments ‘after’ cross-country:

HERE are more articles about the Eventing competition and the riders…

Gold Medals for German Eventing team and Individual Gold for German Michael Jung…

British Eventing team awarded Silver Medal…

Mary King the “Equestrian Queen” …

“Zara Phillips, Mary King and Tina Cook secure Great Britain’s eventing team silver at London 2012”

“Celebrations then back to business for Todd”  published by Stuff.

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Nereo

Mark Todd praises his young horse Campino

Updates about Event riders and horses who fell and who were injured….

VIDEO of the New Zealand team celebrating…they really KNOW HOW TO PARTY !!

Compiled  by:  Karin Susan Fester