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Olympic Medallists Head Badminton Entry

Rio Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung (Germany) and silver medallist Astier Nicolas (France), with their Olympic horses, head the very high class list of entries for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Michael of course is also defending the title he won in 2016, when Badminton was his third and final winning leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.

14 nations will be represented this year. In addition to Michael Jung there are 6 previous winners of the Mitsubishi Motors Trophy – Mark Todd (New Zealand), Paul Tapner, Andrew Hoy & Sam Griffiths (all Australia), Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend (Great Britain). As usual, the 85 horses with the most points won in top international competition over the past two years have been definitely accepted, leaving 36 on the waiting list this time.

Other entries of note include Andrew Nicholson (New Zealand) looking for his first win and 36th completion – he brings Nereo and Qwanza; Gemma Tattersall, 3rd last year with Arctic Soul; Kitty King with her Olympic ride Ceylor LAN; Tina Cook with a choice of 2 from 3 entries (Calvino II, Billy the Red and Star Witness); Nicola Wilson, for so long a member of the British team and now bringing Annie Clover; former Olympic and World Champion Blyth Tait (New Zealand); Christopher Burton (Australia) Burghley winner in 2016; Ingrid Klimke with her Rio team silver medallist Horseware Hale Bob, 2nd here in 2015.

The Draw for the Starting Order will for the first time this year be shown on Facebook Live on Tuesday 18th April. New Course Designer Eric Winter’s cross country course will be unveiled at a Preview Day and on the Badminton website on Wednesday 12th April.

The event starts with the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for amateur riders on Wednesday 3rd May, followed by two days of international event dressage, the cross country on Saturday 6th May and show jumping and prizegiving on Sunday 7th May.

Tickets are available via the website www.badminton-horse.co.uk., where the full list of entries and the Waiting List is also available.

Further Information: Julian Seaman, Badminton Media Director
+ 44 (0) 7831 515736 | j.seaman2@sky.com

Mitsubishi Motors Press Office
+ 44 (0) 1285 647200 | pressoffice@mitsubishi-cars.co.uk

Images available from: Kit Houghton Photography
+ 44 (0) 1278 671362 | kit@kithoughton.com

See www.badminton-horse.co.uk for latest news.

Notes for editors:

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is the World’s Premier 3-Day-Event. An international field of horses and riders compete over three phases of competition comprising dressage, cross country and showjumping, staged in the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire (UK). This annual spectacle offers a fantastic family day out, with children and dogs very welcome to enjoy great hospitality, shopping and top level equestrian sport in a stunning location.

Mitsubishi Motors’ automotive tradition goes back to 1917 when the Mitsubishi Model A, Japan’s first series-production automobile, was introduced. Since then there has been innovation after innovation, and today they offer a range of quality automotive products and services to the UK market. Badminton are very proud to have worked with the company as title sponsor since 1992 and celebrated a 25 year partnership at the 2016 event.

Badminton is part of the FEI Classics series and a Rolex Grand Slam event. The 2017 Official Charity is Event Mobility.

The 2017 event Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will take place from Wednesday 3rd May through to Sunday 7th May 2017.

Further Information: Julian Seaman, Badminton Media Director