Borderers at Badminton

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The Borders was well represented at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, in the presence of Olympic gold medallist Michael Jung.

The top riders in the world battled it out over three gruelling phases of dressage, cross country and show jumping.

Among the 70-strong field was Jedburgh’s Emily Galbraith on Timing, and Olympic bronze medallist Caroline Powell, who has recently moved from Kelso, riding Onwards and Upwards, owned by Melrose business couple Cameron and Mary Crawford.

Also, Charlotte Agnew, whose family live at Hendersyde, was competing on her home-bred horse Out of Africa Two.

Powell finished 21st, Agnew was 46th and Galbraith took 54th place.

The overall winner was New Zealander Jonathan Paget on Clifton Promise.

z Meanwhile, Ettrick Forest Riders enjoyed a successful weekend at Hunwick Farm, Durham, last month, running two teams and two individuals at the Area Horse Trials qualifier.

The BRC 100 team of Cindy Fisher (Hookys Dash), Carolyn Gospel (Willamy Twinkle), Carly Scott (Zelena) and Delia Job (Player) led by five marks after dressage, and kept up their lead in the showjumping and cross-country to finish five marks ahead of South Lammermuir, and 10 in front of Peebles.

Gospel was second individual, Fisher fifth and Job seventh, while in the 90 class Sarah Thomson (Mickey Bow) was a good second and Shelley Johnston (Soneva Gill) eighth.

Louise Clark (Coco), Lindsay Dun (Rubin Aotea), Gospel (Gowler Topper) and late substitute Laura Sanderson (Tamarosa) came up trumps in the 80 class and managed to beat North Lammermuir.

Clark was second individual and Dun third.

The teams have qualified for the British Championships near Banbury, Oxfordshire, at the beginning of August.