The cancellation of this year’s Badminton Horse Trials because of a waterlogged course meant Team Fredericks had to change its plans – but Clayton and three top horses are feeling good after a great performance in the CIC3* at Jardy, France which saw Bendigo take first place and Walterstown Don third. Be My Guest had been running third after cross country but dropped back to 14th place after a disappointing showjumping round.
Following the Badminton decision it’s still not clear what decision will be made on Headley Britannia’s retirement – a formal ceremony was due to be held at the event this weekend – but Lucinda told us she would be considering the options over the next days.
A very speedy decision had to be made to compete at Jardy – especially as the unpredictable weather might yet spell problems for Chatsworth – but Clayton has secured entries for Bendigo, Be My Guest and Walterstown Don. We’ll keep you informed as things happen.
Picture – Clayton and his three winners just before the trot-up at Jardy.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the cancellation of Badminton is a disaster for the wider horse industry, though it does not throw Olympic selection plans into total disarray. Clayton also plans to compete at Saumur , with Be My Guest and Walterstown Don.