Comments from the top-place riders at the weekend’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
Michael Jung, 1st, Sam:
“I just like riding horses; it’s not only my job, it’s my hobby.
“Sam is more than just a good horse to me; we’re a special partnership.
“I need a bit of time for this to sink in, but it is a special moment for me, especially when you think of the history and tradition of Badminton and all the great riders who have won it before.
“We [my family] agreed that we would treat this as a normal competition but now I can realise what it means. It’s not just for me, it’s a win for my whole team.”
[On the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing] “I think this is really special as you know that just only one person has won it before, that says that it is really difficult to win all three events in a row. I am very, very happy and so proud of my horse.”
Andreas Ostholt, 2nd, So Is Et:
“It’s like a win for me. My only expectation after two unlucky times at Badminton was to finish in a good way, so this is much more than I could have wished for.”
Gemma Tattersall, 3rd, Arctic Soul:
“I’ve had such a journey with this horse, managing to keep him when he was going to be sold, so this is a dream come true.
“The crowd were amazing; I managed to keep his concentration and he jumped the best round of his life.
“What a fantastic horse – he was still racing over fences when he was six years old. He has been in the form of his life this spring and I knew it was just a case of us competing at the top of our game. He did a personal best in the dressage and he’s finished on that score, so I could not be more proud of him.
“He doesn’t like loud noises; it makes him worried and that’s when he can make a mistake. Arctic Soul has been in the form of his life this year, so I knew we had a great chance, but to be in the top three is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Mark Todd, 4th, Leonidas II:
“He felt amazing today. I don’t think he has had a fence down in a three day, so that gives you confidence (coming into the final day). I was disappointed after the dressage but you have to put that behind you and the horse hasn’t put a foot wrong since.”
Clarke Johnstone, 5th, Balmoral Sensation:
“My main goal here was to make a good statement to the selectors ahead of the Olympics and I feel we have done that.
“I am rapt with him. It has been a fantastic experience.”