(Image: Kit Houghton)
Badminton 2022 and we were back with a bang! The LBP team were onsite all week to provide the Radio Badminton service – which proved to be extremely popular this year. Providing updates and rider interviews throughout the event, the LBP team worked exceptionally hard to provide a fun filled programme every day.
Congratulations to Laura Collett, this years Champion!
Have a listen to our event roundup:
Badminton it's been a pleasure🐴— Lloyd Bell Productions (@Lloydbell) May 9, 2022
It was so good to be back at Badminton Horse Trials after a 2 year hiatus - the team loved every minute and so did the @RadioBadminton listeners!
Congratulations to the 2022 Champion @CollettEventing 👏 See you next year... @bhorsetrials pic.twitter.com/mNRaZBmg2r
It was the first British one-two-three since Pippa Funnell led William Fox-Pitt and Leslie Law 20 years ago in 2002, and Laura Collett revealed that Pippa’s win on Supreme Rock had been her childhood inspiration. ‘I was going round the cross-country on my aunt’s shoulders and I wanted to be Pippa Funnell winning Badminton,’ she said.When Laura entered the arena, she had the luxury of a fence in hand over Ros, but the pressure was huge. ‘That horse is amazing,’ she said of her Tokyo Olympic gold medallist. ‘He jumped his socks off. I couldn’t see a distance anywhere but he just got higher and higher.’
Ros was full of praise for her new superstar who was contesting his first five-star. ‘”Walter’s” eyes were on stalks when we arrived but he enjoyed every part of it – especially the prize giving. He will have learnt so much in the last few days.’
Piggy March and the gallant 17-year-old mare Vanir Kamira, the 2019 Badminton winners who set the early standard on the cross-country, finished an honourable fourth with just one pole down. ‘I think that’s the best “Tilly” has ever jumped. She left her heart out on the cross country course yesterday so I was a bit worried today, but shouldn’t have been,’ Piggy said.
(Words by Badminton Horse Trials)