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  1. The riders must jump 33 fences on the course
  2. Last year's overall winner Jonelle Price has withdrawn
  3. GB's Oliver Townend is entered on last year's runner-up Ballghmore Class & on Cillnabradden Evo

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Leading positions after Dressage Day 2

    1 Oliver Townend (GB) (Horse: Cillnabradden Evo) 19.70 pens

    2 Oliver Townend (GB) (Ballaghmor Class) 21.10

    3 Tom McEwen (GB) (Toledo De Kerser) 24.70

    4 Piggy French (GB) (Vanir Kamira) 26.00

    5 Pippa Funnell (GB) (Billy Walk On) 26.50

    6 Kitty King (GB) (Vendredi Biats) 27.20

    7 Millie Dumas (GB) (Artistiek) 27.30

    8 Laura Collett (GB) (Mr Bass) 27.60

    9 Christopher Burton (Aus) (Graf Liberty) 27.70

    10 Andrew Nicholson (NZ) (Swallow Springs) 27.80

    Other British riders:

    11 Kristina Cook (GB) (Billy The Red) 28.1

    13= William Fox-Pitt (GB) (Little Fire) 29.2

    13= Izzy Taylor (GB) (Springpower) 29.2

  2. Dujardin eyes 'potential' Tokyo gold

    Charlotte Dujardin in Rio
    Image caption: Charlotte Dujardin took a year out of competition after repeating as Olympic champion in 2016

    Great Britain's double Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin believes she has a chance of a third gold medal in Tokyo next year.

    "There is definitely potential there to do it, for sure. It's a long way to go, though," Dujardin, 33, told Press Association.

    The 2012 and 2016 Olympic dressage champion won two bronze medals at last year’s World Equestrian Games on Mount St John Freestyle, the horse that replaced Rio winner Valegro.

    Dujardin opted for a year out of competition after Rio to develop a group of new horses, including first choice Freestyle.

    "I really wanted that year out after Rio. It was incredibly tough heading to Rio, with trying to regain the title," Dujardin said. "When you constantly win, people just expect you to go out and deliver.”

    Dujardin will compete in this summer's European Championships and then prepare for Tokyo 2020.

    "It's good to be back,” she said. “I love that buzz, I love that pressure, that whole experience of big shows.”

  3. Ros Canter becomes first women in eight years to top rankings

    Ros Canter has become eventing's world number one, the first woman to hold the top ranking since fellow Briton Mary King in 2011.

    The 33-year-old world champion ended compatriot Oliver Townend's year-long reign at the top of the leaderboard.

    Canter won individual eventing gold at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, and helped Britain to the team title.

    "It is very exciting for me as not many people can say they've been world number one," she said.

    Read the story in full and see the BBC's coverage of Badminton Horse Trials here.

    Ros Canter
  4. Townend placed first and second after dressage

    Oliver Townend

    Great Britain's Oliver Townend followed up his record score of 19.7 penalties on Thursday on Cillnabradden Evo by posting the second-highest score at this year’s event with 21.1 on his 2017 Burghley champion Ballaghmor Class.

    He is the first rider in the 70-year history of the Badminton three-day event to go into the cross-country phase, which begins on Saturday, placed first and second.

    If Townend, 36, were to win Badminton after Sunday's showjumping, he would be in prime position to land eventing’s Grand Slam – and a £270,000 bonus - by adding Burghley to his Kentucky and Badminton wins.

    British riders currently hold the top eight positions on the leaderboard and Townend is taking nothing for granted.

    "It's one step at a time - it's Badminton,” he said. “And whatever is built out there [for the cross-country], something will happen."

  5. What are the Badminton Horse Trials?

    Taking place once a year on the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire, the Badminton Horse Trials has become one of the headline events of the equestrian calendar since its inception in 1949.

    It is one of just six annual Four Star equestrian events and forms the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing alongside the Burghley Horse Trials and the Kentucky Three Day event.

    Eventing is the triathlon of the horse world where horse and rider compete in three phases, the first is dressage, the second cross country and the third element is showjumping.

    Last year’s competition was won by New Zealand’s Jonelle Price, who was riding Classic Moet. The last Brit to win at Badminton was William Fox-Pitt, who took the trophy alongside Chilli Morning in 2015.

    Jonelle Price
  6. BBC coverage

    All times are BST and subject to change.

    Saturday, 4 May

    Live coverage

    11:20-17:30 - cross country, BBC Red Button and online

    Sunday, 5 May

    Live coverage

    12:30-15:00 - show jumping, BBC Red Button and online


    12:30-14:00 - cross country, BBC Two

    17:30-18:00 - show jumping, BBC Two

  7. Who is taking part?

    Follow live coverage of the final two days of the Badminton Horse Trials across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and online.

    Last year's winner Jonelle Price has been withdrawn and will not defend her crown.

    The New Zealander's husband Tim, who won the Burghley title last year, will be taking part but British world champion Ros Canter will be absent as she is due to have a baby this summer.

    There are six other previous winners in the field including Britain's Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend.

    The dressage takes place earlier in the week, with the cross country on Saturday, before Sunday's show jumping segment, which will decide the final placings.

    William Fox-Pitt
  8. Get Inspired: How to get into horse riding

    Get Inspired


    Hoofride is a great place to find out about local riding schools and information for total beginners.

    • In dressage, the horse and rider perform a set of movements that gives the impression they are dancing together.
    • Showjumping is where horse and rider jump over coloured fences, obstacles and water jumps. The horse and rider with the fastest time and the least amount of faults win.
    • Eventing is a combination of dressage, showjumping and cross country. Cross country is the muddy cousin of showjumping, with solid fences ridden over uneven ground. The aim is to be the horse and rider with the fewest points after completing all elements.

    Are you inspired to try horse riding? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired, visiting us on Facebook or email us on

    Charlotte Dujardin