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Rule Headley Britannia
Badminton, Glos., UK
by Kathy Culpin
Photo: Anthony Trollope/
Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) and Headley Britannia
Lucinda Fredericks held onto her lead at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials - jumping concluded just minutes ago and the tension could be felt in the packed main arena.

Headley Britannia looking strong and as usual feisty gave Lucinda (and the crowd) a few heart in mouth moments but pulled just one rail and added 4 faults to her score to finish on 39.6. In second place, Andreas Dibowski on FRH Serve Well, went up the rankings after putting in a classic clear round. Andreas finished on 41.6 adding nothing to his dressage score and giving Germany it's highest placing ever at Badminton.

Kim Severson and Winsome Adante pulled two rails of the triple and dropped just one place to finish in 3rd on 43.8. Gina Miles and Mckinlaigh finished in 15th place jumping a text book clear round and Jan Byyny and Task Force also jumped clear to finish in 36th place. All in all a terrific result for the American contingent and the hope here is that more US riders will cross the Atlantic in the Autumn to contest Burghley.

So another Badminton has drawn to a close, as ever there have been the highs and lows, the disappointments, the surprises and the outstanding achievement of a little chestnut mare that couldn't be sold and now has her place in the eventing history books. Next week 'Brit' goes off for embryo transplants to see, in Lucinda's words 'if there will be a lot more little Brits' in the future of eventing. And no Brit is no longer for sale!

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