Sun shines over Badminton Horse Trials

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The weather is on song for this year's Badminton Horse Trials, unlike last year's efforts (below).
The weather is on song for this year’s Badminton Horse Trials, unlike last year’s efforts (below). © Jane Thompson

Kiwi eventing official and blogger Jane Thompson has finally made it to the Badminton Horse Trials after being foiled by the weather last year.

As if the weather organiser felt remorseful, today’s weather couldn’t be better. I even thought I might need to apply some sunscreen, but as I didn’t bother bringing any over, I might have to go and buy some! Everyone seems to think this weather will continue, and I hope so, more than you can know.

What should have been a packed field is sodden and empty.
Badminton 2012: What should have been a packed field is sodden and empty. © Jane Thompson

First job after doing the media accreditation paperwork (minimal, mainly about collecting the all important lunch pass!) was walking the course. While the Grassroots competitors did their thing nearby, we marched around the course.  It’s beautifully built, it’s long, its going to be challenging but it didn’t seem as frightening as when I first saw it in 1981.  It was at that point in my life I decided that I might concentrate more on showjumping …

Towards the end of the course we spotted Andrew Nicholson in the distance, on the very, very eyecatching Nereo.  While we were a long way away, that horse looks fantastic. Got a closer look at Michael Jung, who unfortunately had just finished doing a bit of dressage schooling so couldn’t really see what all the fuss was about as he walked along on a loose rein …

People are starting to flock into the media centre, and I dare say there will be a rush later in the afternoon as we approach the time for the first trot up, in front of the magnificent Badminton House.

In the meantime, here are the pictures I took of the course.

 

 

 

Jane Thompson

Jane has always had a keen interest in horses, and was an active competitor in equestrian events from her early days until the late 1980s. » Read Jane's profile

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