Martin Collins world class range of equestrian surfaces will once again be on show at this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which is marked by one of the strongest fields ever, with some highly competitive action in store – not least from the returning-from-injury William Fox-Pitt (Parklane Hawk) and Andrew Nicholson (Nereo and multiple Burghley winner Avebury).
The Martin Collins trade stand is number 81 in the Shopping Village on the East side of the Members Enclosure, where the team will be on hand to answer any questions visitors might have about riding arena surfaces and show samples from their range.
The Shopping Village will be open as follows: Wednesday 4th May: 10am – 6pm; Thursday 5th & Friday 6th May: 9am – 6pm; Saturday 7th May: 9am – 7pm; Sunday 8th May: 9am – 4pm
International superstars out in force
- The German presence is headed by Olympic Champion Michael Jung with La Biosthetique Sam, accompanied by Ingrid Klimke, twice 2nd at Badminton, Andreas Dibowski, Bettina Hoy and Andreas Ostholt. Michael Jung also plans to take one horse to Rolex Kentucky, which after his Burghley win in 2015 gives him a shot at the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, should he win in Kentucky.
- The New Zealanders will also be keen to show their paces at Badminton. All will be vying for just 4 places in the New Zealand Olympic team for Rio including: Mark Todd who has two rides; Blyth Tait (returning after a 13 year absence); previous winner Jonathan Paget (who brings Clifton Promise and Clifton Lush) husband and wife team, Tim and Jonelle Price and Andrew Nicholson.
- 2016 also sees a strong American contingent headed by multiple medallist Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin with a choice of 4 rides, Buck Davidson and Lynn Symansky.
- As always the Irish will be out in force, with another husband and wife combination in Michael and Patricia Ryan, Aoife Clark, Joe Murphy and Camilla Spiers.
- The Australians have always rated Badminton highly as a prelude to Olympic Games – they have two previous Mitsubishi Motors Trophy winners in Paul Tapner and Sam Griffiths, together with Christopher Burton and Bill Levett.
The British Challenge
Notable British entries include former world champion Zara Tindall with her London Olympic and World Equestrian Games ride High Kingdom; previous winners Pippa Funnell and Oliver Townend; regular team members Tina Cook and Nicola Wilson; and several riders with a real chance of earning a ticket to the Games such as Gemma Tattersall, Izzy Taylor and Laura Collett.
And, 25 years after her mother Mary won the first Mitsubishi Motors Trophy, Emily King hopes to make her debut at Badminton with Brookleigh.
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