After a very close competition at Badminton with it almost seemed guaranteed to see Oliver Townend taking home first place on one of his top 5 placed horses, Jonelle Price rode a beautiful clear round for the win!
First female to win Badminton in 11 years!
Faults on the course
Only 10 riders of the 54 who attempted this years show jumping managed to finish without any jumping faults. But only 5 of these were clear within the time. Only 29 of the riders made it around the course within the time and Tom Jackson’s Waltham Fiddlers Find had an unfortunate stumble which resulted in elimination.
Big win after year off
Jonelle’s win comes after having last year off after giving birth. While her husband TIm Price took on the majority of her rides, he “wasn’t allowed” to have Classic Moet. So she missed the season last year too. This makes it an even more fantastic achievement to have come back this season and win the first major competition. Husband Tim Price also finished just outside the top 10.
“Dreams do come true.” – Jonelle Price
4th for ex racehorse Arctic Soul!
Arctic Soul really pulled it out the bag for Gemma in his show jumping today. A clear round within the time meant they jumped from sitting in joint 35th place after the dressage to finishing 4th. He really showed just how fantastic and competitive ex racehorses can be at this level.
- Jonelle Price & Classic Moet = 28.0
- Oliver Townend & Cooley SRS = 33.1
- Rosalind Canter & Allstar B = 34.3
- Gemma Tattersall & Arctic Soul = 35.2
- Oliver Townend & Ballaghmor Class = 36.0
- Mark Todd & Kiltubrid Rhapsody = 37.4
- Tom McEwen & Toledo De Kerser = 37.7
- Padraig McCarthy & Mr Chunky = 38.3
- Lauren Kieffer & Veronica = 38.6
- Michael Jung & La Biosthetique – Sam FBW
Over my week here I have gathered some fantastic quotes from the riders, some great stats and some sad farewells. I am hoping to roll of these into a summary Badminton post later in the week, so keep an eye out for these. (I also have loads of great photos I will be adding to our social media!)