Seven Irish bound for Badminton
Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30
Seven Irish riders are among the entries accepted for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials which kick off in England on May 6.
Both Aoife Clark (Vaguely North and Fenyas Elegance) and Joseph Murphy (Electric Cruise and Sportsfield Othello) have two horses entered apiece.
Single entries have been accepted for Clare Abbott (Euro Prince), Austin O'Connor (Ringwood Mississippi), Michael Ryan (Ballylynch Adventure), Camilla Speirs (Portersize Just A Jiff) and Sam Watson (Horseware Bushman).
O'Connor and Ringwood Mississippi finished best of the Irish in 2014 in 15th position.
One of only six four-star events in the world, Badminton is without doubt the most popular and attracts entries from top-class riders from across the globe.
A limit of 85 often sees a long waiting list in the weeks leading up to the three-day event but a smaller than usual entry of 104 horses were received this year.
This is Badminton's smallest entry for some years, perhaps due to the tough cross- country set last year by new course-designer Giuseppe della Chiesa.
For the past number of months he has been hard at work preparing the 2015 renewal and that will be unveiled to the public this week.