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
We all work hard to get our horses shiny and clean for competition day, but it can sometimes take a bit of extra elbow grease to get those grey or white horses looking their best. Rachael Livermore, head groom for Sharon White at Last Frontier Farm, shares some of the tricks she uses to get Sharon's horses looking spick and span - and it starts with everyday care!
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).