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