The Glentrool Trophy – awarded to the combination who make the most improvement on their dressage position – was presented to Beanie Sturgis, who climbed 48 places from equal 59th to 11th with the talented, but often notorious Lebowski.
‘Rotter’, as Lebowski is known at home, is a prolific bucker, and has dispatched some notable scalps in his time, including Pippa Funnell (three times) and Daisy Berkeley.
“But he has managed to keep a lid on it this week,” said Beanie. “He just loves coming to Badminton; he’s been on springs.”
Beanie also collected the Cotswold Life trophy for the best local rider.
One place behind Beanie was Chartered Surveyor Ben Way, who occupied 12th spot with Galley Light – 12 months after his Mitsubishi Motors Badminton debut, which saw him finish 32nd.
“I hope that this year I was more professional in all three phases,” said Ben. “I knew more what to do and had a better plan. Basically I was probably just less shell-shocked by the whole experience.”
The Laurence Rook trophy for the best British rider not to have completed the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials went to Kirsty Johnston, who rode her own Opposition Detective into 42nd place.
“I’ve had an amazing week. Opposition Detective was given to me to my father for my 18th birthday, so to come here and have this result is very special,” said Kirsty.
For the full list of special prize-winners, click here.