“I just did what I've done for the last nine years. I was pretty relaxed – the last 6 months have put things into perspective so I wasn't feeling over ambitious. I simply wanted to enjoy it. The result has exceeded all expectations though!”
Paul Sims, winner of the Laurence Rook trophy, which is awarded to the highest-placed British rider who has not previously completed this event:
“I came here very much hoping to at least complete, and had a great ride across country bar my stop (at fence 18), where Glengarnock started to tire. I’m a big fan of the new course – it’s what cross country should be. I hope it stays like this in future.”
Harry Meade, 3rd overall and winner of the Cotswold Life trophy, presented to the best British rider not entitled to wear the senior Union Jack whose permanent address is in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Somerset:
“I just did what I’ve done for the last nine years. I was pretty relaxed – the last 6 months have put things into perspective so I wasn’t feeling over ambitious. I simply wanted to enjoy it. The result has exceeded all expectations though!”
Pippa Funnell won the Frank Weldon Memorial Challenge Trophy, awarded to the rider of the youngest British-owned and ridden horse placed in the top 12. Billy Beware finished 6th.
“He’s a young horse and this was his first four star but I’m confident that he had a good experience. He’s learnt an unbelievable amount so is mentally tired now – we’ll make plans for him when he comes back from his holiday. He really is quite special – and if his jockey had been a bit sharper he’d have finished even higher.”
Wendy Schaeffer won a trophy replica thanks to finishing 12th on Koyuna Sun Dancer. Wendy last rode at Badminton in 1996, but has moved to England (near Maidenhead) so is planning not to leave it so long between visits now.
“The cross country was quite similar to 1996 – another year when there were plenty of non-finishers. Jumping is my strength though so I hope it stays similar to this, it was a proper 4* test. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”