It will be the fifth consecutive visit to Badminton for British rider Sarah Bullimore (45) and Reve Du Rouet who were 18th here last year and then 4th at Burghley. The combination has ten four-star completions together including three at Badminton and a career best when 2nd at Pau four-star in 2017 – that year Sarah completed the event with three horses in the top 13. Sarah and Reve Du Rouet have also represented GB in Nation Cup competitions and the pair was long-listed for the 2018 WEG in Tryon.
Sarah runs a purpose built equestrian facility in Keysoe, North Bedfordshire with her husband Brett. She is a member of the BE World Class Squad and in 2015 competed as an individual at the European Championships at Blair Castle. She has represented team GBR in the FEI Nations Cup series and with Burghley entry Reve Du Rouet was short-listed for the British squad for the 2014 WEG in France.
Sarah (nee Longshaw) rode her first four-star at Burghley in 1996 with Ballycotton who she then rode on his record breaking 7th completion of Badminton in 1997 (the horse had previously completed six times with Andrew Harris). Sarah is also a successful producer of young horses and has represented Great Britain five times at the World Young Horse Championships at Le Lion d’ Angers; in 2006 (Salerno) & 2009 (Valentino) 2011 & 2014 and was 6th there in 2017 with her homebred gelding Corouet. Corouet (also by Balou du Rouet), is an embryo transfer from Lilly Corinne with who she was 6th at Luhmuhlen and 13th at Pau four-star events in 2017. Lilly Corinne has two other younger embryo transfer offspring; by Jaguar Mail and Royaldik.
Sarah trains with Christopher Bartle.
Reve Du Rouet, owned by Sarah’s long-standing owners Chris and Sue Gillespie and husband Brett Bullimore, is a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding. He is by the well-known jumping sire Balou du Rouet (a son of the great Baloubet du Rouet) out of Onassis Queen by Oscar De Revel (by Jalisco B – another great jumping sire). He was bought from The Netherlands as a three-year-old. In 2011 he represented GB at the World Young Horse championships and in 2015 was a reserve for the European championship team. He has completed ten four-star events and has represented GB in Nations Cup teams.
Reve du Rouet
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Sire Balou du Rouet
Dam Onassis Queen (Oscar de Revel)
Breeder Hans-Heinrich Kruse
Brett Bullimore, Keysoe, Beds.
Christopher & Susan Gillespie, Rugby, Warwicks.