In 1995, Bruce Davidson became the first U.S. rider to win the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials in England. Riding the great Eagle Lion, Davidson finished on his dressage score of 46.6 and added nothing over the entire long format event to finish on the top of the leaderboard. The same year Karen Lende (now O’Connor) finished third on Biko and Phillip Dutton earned the sixth spot on True Blue Girdwood.
It took 46 years for an American to win Badminton and a mere two years after Davidson’s win, David O’Connor would win with Custom Made. The pair scored a 48.6 in dressage and added just .4 time on cross-country and .25 time in show jumping to finish six points ahead of second place. Davidson and Eagle Lion also returned that year finishing in eighth place.
It has now been 20 years since an U.S. rider has won the Badminton CCI4*, but there are six pairs giving it a go this week.
Thursday U.S. Dressage Times:
Lauren Kieffer and Landmark’s Monte Carlo: 4:30 a.m. EST
Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot: 5:42 a.m. EST
Katherine Coleman and Longwood: 10:00 a.m. EST
Lynn Symansky and Donner: 11:34 a.m. EST
Friday U.S. Dressage Times:
Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless: 5:10 a.m. EST
Lauren Kieffer and Veronica: 10:54 a.m. EST