We take a look back over the 2019 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and examine the numbers behind the final results with the help of equestrian data analysis specialists, Equiratings.
From the 23 riders who arrived in 2019 to tackle their first ever #MMBHT, 21 (91%) finished the competition. To put their achievement in context, the rate of first-timer completion over the last 5 years is 51%.
Saving the best for the big day
19.7 – We saw the best ever dressage score recorded at the venue in the first phase, Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo scoring the first ever sub-20 score and taking the record which had stood since Andrew Hoy and Darien Powers in 2000 (20.5).
7 riders produced their best ever finishing score at the top level of the sport, importantly, including the winner – Piggy French.
If at first you don’t succeed..
On her 25th run at the top level of the sport, Piggy French produced her best ever finishing score on Vanir Kamira to take the title by the finest of margins.
At the first Badminton Horse Trials in 1949, John Shedden and Golden Willow became the first ever British winners of a top level event. In 2019, on the 70th anniversary of Badminton Horse Trials, Piggy French made it 100 top level wins for British riders. New Zealand sit in second on 36 wins.
Pictured above: First timer Emma Hyslop-Webb heads out on course with the first of her two rides, Waldo III.