The Badminton Horse Trials is an annual event held in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world and is the only event to be part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The 2020-22 edition of the event was held from April 29-May 2, 2021, at the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, England. This year, the event was held in a reduced format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it still drew a large crowd of spectators and competitors. So, who won the Badminton Horse Trials 2020-22?
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The Event Overview
The Badminton Horse Trials is one of the toughest equestrian events in the world. It comprises three phases – dressage, cross-country, and show jumping – with each phase carrying different weightings. The event also includes several different classes, including the CCI4*, CCI3*, and CCI2*, as well as the less demanding CIC2* and CIC3*. The last phase of the event is the show jumping which takes place in the main arena and is worth the most points.
The 2020-22 edition of the Badminton Horse Trials saw a number of riders take home top honors. In the CCI4* class, the winner was New Zealand’s Tim Price riding his horse Bango. Price and Bango completed the event with a score of 39.5, narrowly edging out fellow New Zealander Jonelle Price who finished second with a score of 40.4.
In the CCI3* class, the winner was Germany’s Kai Rüder riding his horse Corrida. Rüder and Corrida finished the event with a score of 35.3, just ahead of the British duo of Piggy French and Jakata who scored 35.7.
The CCI2* class saw a tight battle between the British duo of Laura Collett and Mr Bass and the Irish duo of Joseph Murphy and Electric Cruise. In the end, Collett and Mr Bass took home the top honors with a score of 35.1, just ahead of Murphy and Electric Cruise who scored 36.4.
The CIC2* class was won by the British duo of Tom McEwen and Dassett Courage with a score of 25.6. The duo was just ahead of the Swedish duo of Ludwig Svennerstal and Aron 7 who scored 26.6.
The CIC3* class was won by the British duo of Andrew Hoy and ODT Ghareeb with a score of 22.3. The duo was just ahead of the British duo of Harry Meade and Hasty Impression who scored 23.0.
The Future of Badminton Horse Trials
The Badminton Horse Trials is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world and is a must-attend for any serious rider. Although the 2020-22 edition of the event was held in a reduced format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it still drew a large crowd of spectators and competitors. The future of the event is uncertain, but it is sure to remain one of the most popular events in the equestrian world.