Entries For Badminton 70 Fit for a Celebration

2018 winner Jonelle Price and husband Tim are back for another crack at the title
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Wednesday 20 March - 20h47 | Lulu Kyriacou

Entries For Badminton 70 Fit for a Celebration

The entry list for the 2019 Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials has been released and it is worthy of the celebration planned for the 70th edition of the world's most  famous horse trial.

Britain's world championship winning team will all be  competing with the exception of individual World Champion Ros Canter, who is expecting a baby. Also engaged for the home side is world number one, Oliver Townend and European individual silver medallist  Nicola Wilson. Piggy French, Tom McEwen,  Gemma Tattersall and Tina Cook  are all capable of adding a Badminton  title to  their gold medal tally.

​Wilson's conqueror for European gold at Strzegom in 2017, Ingrid Klimke, will be heading a German challenge that will be without  Michael Jung for the first time in some years. Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob were second at Badminton in  2015 and ninth in 2017 and must be respected this year as one of the most consistent partnerships on the circuit.

​Former winners competing include Jonelle Price, defending champion, Pippa Funnell and Sir Mark Todd  as well as William Fox Pitt, who is making his first appearance back at the venue since his horror fall in France in autumn 2016.

​Strangely, in a year when North America has the only the Pan American Games to consider on the world stage,  there are only two travllers across te Atlantic, Canada's Selena O'Hanlon with Foxwood High who completed on their first attempt last year, and Jenny Caras  who will be riding Fernhill Fortitude. 

​Ones to watch include Laura Collett, whose Mr Bass will be making his debut at the new christened 5* level and Ireland's Padraig McCarthy who, together with Mr Chunky, helped Ireland to a World Championship team silver  and added an individual medal  the same colour to match it.

 The full list can be found here  

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