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First Badminton  - "wouldn't have wanted to be on any other horse"
First Badminton  - "wouldn't have wanted to be on any other horse"
First Badminton  - "wouldn't have wanted to be on any other horse"15
First Badminton - "wouldn't have wanted to be on any other horse"

We got there, which is an achievement in itself competed and completed, and I was thrilled with my partner - Ballycoog Breaker Boy. All these years people have been saying there is nothing like Badminton and boy are they right.

We have been a team for the last 8 years and this is what those last 8 years work has been aimed at. Despite having one horse there Siobhan Binns (Top Groom) didn't stop in her care of BBB and I couldn't be more grateful. I also didn't seem to stop between hacking out, trot ups, schooling, general exercising, lessons, competing, commitments to my wonderful sponsors and of course all the many friends that came to support me. It really was quite the experience.

I was of course disappointed that we didn't get BBB's extended trot in the dressage as this had a massive affect on our score as it affected two scores in the test. Despite this we got it back together and the rest of the test was good. The atmosphere in there was quite something - I wasn't conscious of the crowd but very much aware of the atmosphere.

Cross Country we had each others back - and worked together to help each other out when needed - a great round and lots left in the tank so I know what we have for future 5* events.

Show jumping was a tough track and very cleverly built by the designer using every dip and furrow - resulting in only 3 clear rounds! Despite our poles I was very pleased with how William Show Jumped which is definitely his weakest phase and very much work in progress.

A massive thank you to the HUGE team that have got me to this point, not just the current team but past team members also - everyone has contributed to this exciting achievement. Exciting times ahead







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