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  1. British rider Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class currently leads
  2. GB's Peggy French on Vanir Kamira is in second place
  3. Two-time winner William Fox-Pitt, in 2004 and 2015, sits in 11th
  4. Defending champion Jonelle Price has withdrawn from competition due to injury

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Leading positions after Cross Country Day 3

    1 Oliver Townend (GB) (Horse: Ballaghmor Class) 21.50 pens

    2 Piggy French (GB) (Vanir Kamira) 26.80

    3 Christopher Burton (Aus) (Graf Liberty) 27.70

    4 Andrew Nicholson (NZ) (Swallow Springs) 27.80

    5 Christopher Burton (Aus) (Cooley Lands) 28.10

    6 Tim Price (NZ) (Ringwood Sky Boy) 30.10

    7 Oliver Townend (GB) (Horse: Cillnabradden Evo) 32.10

    8 Virginia Thompson (NZ) (Star Nouveau) 38.30

    9 Bill Levett (Aus) (Lassban Diamond Lift) 39.90

    10 Kristina Cook (GB) (Billy The Red) 40.50

    11 William Fox-Pitt (GB) (Little Fire) 40.80

  2. 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    Last year's winner Jonelle Price has been withdrawn and will not defend her crown.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
  3. How to follow the Badminton Horse Trials on the BBC

    Jonelle Price

    Details and live coverage times for BBC's coverage of the Badminton Horse Trials.

    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

    How to follow the Badminton Horse Trials on the BBC

    Jonelle Price

    Details and live coverage times for BBC's coverage of the Badminton Horse Trials.

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  4. 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
  5. 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