Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Touzaint triumphs at Badminton

Nicolas Touzaint and Hildago de l'Ile became the first French partnership to win the Badminton Horse Trials since the event started 59 years ago.

The 23-year-old said: "It's always been my dream to win here, but I could not imagine it would ever happen."

Lucy Wiegersma and Shaabrak, from Devon, came a close second with a 1.4 penalty difference, after both her horse and Hildago made one showjumping error. Zara Phillips was 16th on Glenbuck and 19th on Ardfield Magic Star.

Touzaint took a ducking in the Lake with Hildago on their first Badminton attempt 12 months ago, but rode a much tighter line this time, making sure the fences came up on the right stride.

William Fox-Pitt came third with Ballincoola, but had a disappointing finish on Tamarillo, a previous Badminton winner, coming 18th.

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