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 … The Burghley Horse Trials

The 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials begin tomorrow, and run through Sunday. 

Dressage times  (Thursday & Friday):

Wonderful videos of the Burghley Horse Trials

VIDEO:  “Three Day Horse Trials 1961”

Published by British Pathé 

Video link >

VIDEO: “The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials — Best Memories”

Published by BurghleyHorseTrials on YouTube

Enjoy!   Ciao, Karin Susan

Riding Boots …made in Piedmont, Italy

Italy is renowned for its excellent high quality leather goods.  Numerous bootmakers are to be  found throughout Italy.  I have looked at many riding boots produced by various companies.   As a rider, I am especially impressed with those bootmakers who pay attention to detail, are interested in the rider’s special needs, and offer good customer service and efficient delivery.  I have ordered boots from the south of Italy and, sorry to say, the delivery was not only not reliable, but in some cases the boots were never made and delivered and the money was not refunded.   That can be really frustrating.

So,  I can tell you, if you are searching for high quality “Italian-made” leather riding boots made in the north of Italy, I can certainly recommend some places.

Here in Piedmont, Italy there is an excellent bootmaker,  Stivaleria Fadbel di Belotti Fabrizio.   While attending a horse show here in Piedmont I discovered this company.  And I must say I am quite impressed.

For all your riding needs…high quality leather riding boots custom made to order.  Fadbel’s product line also includes, shoes, leather riding gaites, full riding chaps, and belts.

Stivaleria Fadbel di Belotti Fabrizio

Gargallo, Novara, Piedmont, Italy

By Karin Susan Fester (c) 2012

FEI Eventing in Italy …Sept. 21-23 – Montelibretti (Rome) Italy

On September 21 -23 three eventing competitions will take place in Montelibretti (Rome) Italy.  The FEI CIC3*  will take place on the 21-23 September, but also two other events: a CIC2* and CIC1*.

For more information visit

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