It will be a first Badminton for young American rider Savannah Fulton (23) who is based near Finksburg in Maryland. Savannah and her Badminton entry Captain Jack have twice completed Lexington.
Savannah aka ‘Woodge’ grew up on her family’s Full Moon farm in Finksburg Maryland where her mother Karen teaches and her father Stephen bases his farriery business. Her younger sister Grace also competes up to three-star level. Savannah was taught by her mother and competed in most disciplines except dressage. She started as a working pupil for Buck Davidson during high school and did her last two years of high school online, finishing a year early and met Captain Jack at the yard. Formerly ridden by Lucy Disston to two-star level he was sent to Buck Davidson’s yard to be sold. During this time Savannah ended up riding him and after the horse remained unsold Buck suggested Savannah take him on. A syndicate was formed and in 2014 Jack was bought – although Savannah had at that time yet to complete a one-star.
In 2016 Savannah was awarded the Amanda Pirie Warrington grant to provide financial training assistance ‘to a talented up and coming rider with the ability to represent the USA in the future’; last year she was a recipient of the Wilton Fair educational grant awarded to riders that have not yet ridden for a senior team
Captain Jack, (AKA Captain Frank) owned by the Full Moon Farm Syndicate, is a 16-year-old thoroughbred. He is by Numerous (Mr Prospector-Nijinsky) out of Lady Malone by Polish Numbers. Jack is an ‘off the track thoroughbred’ (OTTB) and had 19 starts during his racing career and won just about 12000 dollars. He did his first one-star in 2011 and Savannah took the ride in 2014. In 2017 they completed their first four-star at Lexington. He is described as ‘quite grumpy in the stable and his attitude reflects his name – like the little scrappy, over-the-top pirate’.
15.2hh , bay , gelding
Dam Lady Malone
Owner(s): Full Moon Syndicate, Maryland, USA