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Badminton Horse Trials kick off today

April 21, 2011

Only 17 waitlisted horses and riders have made it through to the final Badminton Horse Trials start list, with two Kiwi riders just missing out.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury at Badminton last year.
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And after withdrawals by Oliver Townend and Clayton Fredericks, Kiwi rider Andrew Nicholson will be the pathfinder for the event, heading out first with either Avebury or Armada. Riders can start a maximum of two horses each, and Nicholson also has Nereo accepted, so he has a choice to make.

The trot-up later today (GB time) kicks off the event, which runs until Sunday.

Craig Nicolai and Daniel Jocelyn were 18th and 19th on the waitlist, and have thus missed out on a start. Caroline Powell has withdrawn Mac Macdonald but will have both Burghley winner Lenamore and Boston Two Tip in the field, while World Games team-mate Mark Todd has Major Milestone and Land Vision. Grass Valley was accepted but is heading for the Kentucky Three Day Event.

Last year's winner, Australian Paul Tapner, has Kilfinnie entered. His winning horse last year, Inonothing, has been out since the World Equestrian Games last October after suffering an injury on the cross-country. An x-ray revealed he had chipped a bone on his stifle and damaged cartilage. Tapner hopes to have him at Burghley.

Oliver Townend has just Ashdale Cruise Master to ride at Badminton, having withdrawn his other three accepted horses. William Fox-Pitt will start Cool Mountain and Navigator.



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