It will be a first Badminton and first four-star for British rider Sarah Parkes (29) who is based near Rugby in Warwickshire where she runs a yard with her partner, Badminton entrant Ben Way.
Sarah began riding with the Worcestershire Hunt Pony Club and represented the club at the PC Championships in eventing, dressage and tetrathlon as well as gaining her A test. In 2006 Sarah was a member of the British Junior squad competing in Avenches with her first event horse Marienta. In 2012 she was the British Dressage BYRDS A squad champion.
After a year in Herefordshire with William Blane FBHS Sarah moved to the present yard in Warwickshire where she now has a string of event horses.
Sarah comes from a family involved in racing and point to pointing although her mother Sue evented successfully at Junior and Young Rider level before turning to racing.
Sarah trains with Peter Murphy and Ruth Edge
Balladeer Durban Hills owned by Sue Parkes, is a 12-year-old Irish thoroughbred gelding. He is by Seabrook out of a mare by Elbio. Sarah started riding him in 2013 when he came to the yard to be sold but liked him so much she was determined not to let him go. He was formerly ridden for three seasons by Louise Harwood.
Balladeer Durban Hills
16.1hh , bay , gelding
Dam Mistress Elbio (Elbio)
Breeder Brian O'Reilly
Owner(s): Sue Parkes, Droitwich, Worcs.