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    04-25-2011, 03:22 PM
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Badminton Horse trials 2011

Just on my way back from Badminton Horse trials.
Spent sunday (XC day) and monday (Show jumping day) there.
Spent far far too much in the shops, got sun burn and heat stroke.

Watched all the runners go xc and got some brilliant photos (will post when I get home as I'm currently stopped in McDonalds!!).
Watched all of the showjumping but my camera died so will post the ones my friend got when she gets round to sending them.

Big well done to Laura Collet, her first badminton and ended up 3rd after dressage, 6th after XC (within 1 pole of the leader), had one pole down SJ and finnished in 8th!!

Mark Todd won his 4th Badminton!

Couple of photos that I've uploaded just to whet your appetites.

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    04-25-2011, 03:26 PM
Green Broke
Holy crap that's a high butted jump! Ouch! Maybe I see it high maybe its the picture but oh mylanta that's high! Too bad the horse didn't have wings. I don't know, maybe he did?
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    04-25-2011, 03:29 PM
Watched it on tv hoping to go next year it was amazing!!
    04-25-2011, 03:30 PM
Green Broke
Mbender, its a 4* event of course the jumps are huge, they realy are that big! I've stood next to them and though "oh Sh!t that's big"
    04-25-2011, 03:32 PM
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I'm not sure what 4* means? Doesn't that last jump injure a horse? Looks like a 8ft drop. Wowzers!
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    04-25-2011, 03:34 PM
Watched it on tv , couldnt get over on a boat because our cars broken . Hope to make it another year or maybe to HOYS
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    04-25-2011, 03:38 PM
Somebody else can explain better, but stars are rating systems for international events. 4 stars are the highest rating of difficulty, usually a tougher course than the Olypmics.

Ah, found it:

International events have specific categories and levels of competition and are conducted under the rules of the FEI. CCI (Concours Complet International, or International Complete Contest) is one such category and defines a three-day event that is open to competitors from any foreign nation as well as the host nation.
  • CCI : International Three-day event (Concours Complet International)
  • CIC: International One-day event (Concours International Combiné)
  • CCIO: International Team Competitions (Concours Complet International Officiel). Includes the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan Am Games, and other continental championships
The levels of international events are identified by the number of stars next to the category; there are four levels in total. A CCI* is for horses that are just being introduced to international competition. A CCI** is geared for horses that have some experience of international competition. CCI*** is the advanced level of competition.
The very highest level of competition is the CCI****, and with only six such competitions in the world (Badminton, Burghley, Rolex Kentucky, Adelaide, Luhmuhlen Horse Trials, and the Stars of Pau) it is the ultimate aim of many riders. The World Championships are also considered CCI****. Rolex offer a financial prize for any rider who can win three of the biggest competitions in succession. These are Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky. So far, Pippa Funnell is the only rider to do this. Andrew Hoy did come close, however, and in 2010 Oliver Townend was competing for this coveted "Grand Slam" at Rolex Kentucky when he suffered a fall at obstacle #20 which eliminated him from competition.
One, two and three-star competitions are roughly comparable to the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels of British domestic competition, respectively, and to the Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of American domestic competition, respectively.
    04-25-2011, 03:50 PM
Awh i'm jealous you were there, it was amazing. I nearly lost my jaw at Mandiba's fall though O_O Wowzers
    04-25-2011, 04:51 PM
O yes Karen o'connor took a crack was both sound after? Did Oliver Townend fall to am I right?
Who was the dark bay that fell over the gate slid along the ground and rolled onto the rider? That looked agonising!!
Was there any pull outs of the big names after cross country I didnt see
    04-25-2011, 05:43 PM
Amazing pictures!

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