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La yegua ganadora es hermana por parte de padre de LISCALGOT, que ganó el oro individual en el salto de los JEM de Jerez con D. Lennon. 2º el c

La yegua ganadora es hermana por parte de padre de LISCALGOT, que ganó el oro individual en el salto de los JEM de Jerez con D. Lennon. 2º el caballo nacional (CDE) de la cría de Ramón Beca ARMADA con O. Townend. Es factible que en los JEM compitan los proipios hermanos ARMADA, NEREO y ÓPLITAS.

  [caption id="attachment_22697" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Sam Griffyths. Foto de las news de Badminton Sam Griffyths. Foto de las news de Badminton[/caption]

Resultados finales


No ha dejado este Badminton a nadie indiferente: ayer una prueba de cross en que ningún conjunto consigue el tiempo óptimo y hoy una prueba de salto en pista en que se comenten faltas que cambian la clasificación de los mejores. Se ha dado un cambio en este completo a la idea de que el campo era una prueba igual de importante (muchas veces menos) que la doma y el salto. El salto ha demostrado que sí que lo ha sido y la doma en menor cuantía. Baste decir que el ganador quedó en la doma 25º eso sí con 46.3 puntos, y el que quedó 2º en el adiestramiento con 36 puntos fue 4º.


Hablar de todo, o de casi todo, será muy extenso y aburrido.


Sam Griffiths / PAULANK BROCKAGH era 5º con 63.9 puntos y comete un derribo. Total 67.9.


Seguidamente entra en pista el británico Oliver Townend con el caballo nacional (CDE) de la cría de Ramón Beca el alazán ARMADA. Dos derribos y un total de 70.7 que hace que el australiano Griffiths este delante. Total 70.7.


Tras Townend lo hace el francés Pasal Leroy con MINOS DE PETRA. Realiza 10 puntos para un total de 72.5. Le han superado el australiano y el británico.


Compite en penúltimo puesto, ya que es 2º, el neocelandés Tm Price / RINWOOD SKY BOY. La pista es mala -ya nos lo había dicho que era fácil que ocurriera Luis Álvarez Cervera- con 19 puntos, que le van a retrasar mucho.


Finaliza el australiano Paul Tapner / KILRONAN. Se lo han puesto más fácil. Tiene 56. 4. Pero, sin embargo, hace 16 puntos para un total de 72.4 puntos que le llevan a la 4ª posición, ya que  el británico Harry Meade / WILD LONE consigue la pista con un derribo para ser 3º con 71.4.


El padre de Harry, Richard, ganó Badminton en 1970 con THE POACHER y en 1982 con SPECULATOR. WILD LONE es un 13 años ISH hijo de Donarson Hallo (Hallo-Animo-Alme), que fue 37º en Badminton del año pasado y 23º en el de 2012, 11º en el cuatro estrellas de Luhmühlen 2012… Doma de 51 puntos (46º) y el cross sin falta en los obstáculos con una penalización por tiempo de 16.4. Campo muy interesante que el británico de 30 años lo realiza con solvencia y ganas ya que derriba algunas banderas. Su mejor Badminton.


Las puntuaciones definitivas indican que Pascal Leroy va al puesto 5º y Tim Price al 9º.


Victoria por tanto, de Sam Griffiths con PAULANK BROCKAGH una yegua ISH de 11 años hija de Touchdown (Galoubet / Cheyne xx), madre por el purasangre Trigererero y segunda y tercera madre asimismo por purasangres. Yegua el año pasado 15ª en Burghley y 12º en Gatcombe, 5º en Bramham en 2012. El jinete de 41 años (Melbourne) -reside en Gran Bretaña-. El jinete con la yegua  fue 43º en Badminton el año pasado, 3º en 2009 con HAPPY TIMES,  con el que compitió en los últimos JJ.OO y con el mismo caballo ganó el CCI*** Saumur de 2008. Ha montado con Blyth Tait aunque su mayor mentor ha sido el australiano medallista Matt Ryan (Sydney).


Touchdown compitió en los JJ.OO de Barcelona 1992 con el irlandés James Kernan. Tochcdown fue el padre de LISCALGOT (madre por Tula Rocket xx) que ganó el oro individual en los saltos de los JEM de Jerez 2002 con el irlandés Dermott Lennon.


Para el final hemos dejado a ARMADA, que ha sido el mejor representante de Gran Bretaña con su 2º puesto. Poco antes, el mes pasado,  ganador del CIC*** de Burham con el mismo jinete. Todo hace muy posible que sea seleccionado para los JEM con el equipo británico. Es posible también,  aunque falta mucho, que en los JEM de Normandía compitan los propios hermanos NEREO, ARMADA y ÓPLITAS. Contento al máximo de su criador el sevillano Ramón Beca que estaba en Badminton y nos decía , el año pasado 3º NEREO y este 2º ARMADA y quiero ganar... Pero un 2º y un 3º en el que para muchos es el mejor completo del mundo es muy relevante para un criador. ¡ Cómo hablan de bien de los caballos españoles que se crían en España para completo!

  [caption id="attachment_22699" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Ana Beca, Andrew Nicholson Ramón Beca y Luis Álvarez Cervera Ana Beca, Andrew Nicholson,  Ramón Beca y Luis Álvarez Cervera[/caption]  


Badminton (GBR), 11 May 2014
FEI Classics™: Sam Griffiths fulfils his Badminton dream
By Kate Green
Popular Australian rider Sam Griffiths produced a superb display of horsemanship in today’s Jumping phase to win his first major title, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014, with Paulank Brockagh, the mare that he co-owns with Dinah Posford and Jules Carter.
In a competition of extraordinary twists and turns, Griffiths and the Irish-bred 10-year-old, rose from overnight fifth place with a well-judged four-fault Jumping round that was good enough to win due to the strong influence of Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) course.
Griffiths’ fellow Australian, Cross Country leader Paul Tapner on Kilronan, had been left a two-rail advantage to win but even this was too close for comfort in the squally weather and he had four fences down plus time penalties to drop to fourth.
Oliver Townend (GBR) hit two rails on the 15-year-old Armada yet moved up two places to take the runner-up spot and Harry Meade (GBR) rose from eighth to a career best of third place with an elegant four-fault round on Wild Lone.
“I had thought that if I did well I could move up, but there were still good riders in front of me and I had no expectations of being on the podium,” said Griffiths, who was well down the field in 25th place after the Dressage.
“I think horses were probably quite tired after the Cross Country and the course was twisty and up-to-height on fairly dead ground, but ‘Brocks’ is one tough nut. She has a massive heart.”
Griffiths added: “This is the ultimate dream. As a little boy in Australia, I used to wait for the video tapes of Badminton to arrive, so to ride here was always a major ambition. This means the world to me. Badminton is the pinnacle.”
Townend said: “I’ve told Sam to enjoy every minute of this because it still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’ve won this event [in 2009].”
He added: “I’m thrilled with my result. I was mortified after the Dressage [after which he was 34th] but this has made up for it. The reason Armada is good across country is because he is tricky in the other two phases. It is a fantastic feeling to be sitting on a Ferrari like him. At certain points yesterday, I felt that this was what Cross Country was all about.”
Harry Meade’s third-place finish is all the more remarkable because he spent months lying helpless in hospital after breaking both elbows in a fall last August. “At the start of the week, I was beyond expectations, but somehow everything added up and I feel that I coped very well,” he said. “My arms felt fine on the Cross Country and I loved the fact that it was windy and wet.”
Meade, who lives only three miles from Badminton and whose father, Richard, won here in 1970 and 1982, explained: “I couldn’t let myself get too excited and today I’ve felt calm and determined to enjoy it. The last few months have rather put things into perspective for me.”
Fourth-placed Tapner managed to be philosophical in defeat. “You start thinking of damage limitation when you hear those rails falling and I tried to change my way of riding. But that’s the way the sport is. I’ve been in both positions here before. One went my way [when he won in 2010] and this one didn’t.”
Pascal Leroy (FRA) dropped from third to fifth on Minos de Petra but still achieved the best result for a French rider since Nicolas Touzaint won in 2008. Three-time winner Pippa Funnell (GBR) held onto sixth place on the exciting prospect Billy Beware with one fence down and four time penalties.
Tim Price (NZL) had warned that Jumping was Ringwood Sky Boy’s weakest phase and he dropped from second to ninth with 19 faults behind Tim Lips (NED) on Keyflow NOP, seventh, and Sweden’s rising star Ludwig Svennerstal on Alexander, eighth.
Three horses were withdrawn overnight before Jumping: Karascanda TSF, ridden by Karl-Steffan Meier (GER), which had leapt 61 places to 20th after Cross Country, Kelecyn Ice Age (Emma Douglas, AUS, 34th) and Beltane Queen (Nicola Wilson, GBR, 25th), which had been awarded 21 penalties for a broken frangible pin.
All 32 horses presented at the final Horse Inspection passed, including Wendy Schaeffer’s (AUS) Koyuna Sun Dancer, which was sent to the holding box. Schaeffer successfully appealed the 20 penalties given for a refusal at the Mirage Pond (fence 16). This elevated her from 26th to 18th before Jumping and then she produced the only clear round of the day (albeit with three time penalties) to rise to 12th.
Although Pau (FRA) and Kentucky (USA) winner William Fox-Pitt surprisingly played no part in the final day at Badminton, he is still the clear leader, by 15 points, in the FEI Classics™. However, Sam Griffiths’ Badminton victory elevates him straight into second place and he and other riders still have chances at Luhmühlen (GER) next month to try and catch up before the series finale at Burghley (GBR) in September.
About the winner
Sam Griffiths, 41, is the sixth Australian to win Badminton (following Bill Roycroft, Laurie Morgan, Andrew Hoy, Lucinda Fredericks and Paul Tapner), and Paulank Brockagh is only the third mare (following Emily Little in 1952 and Headley Britannia in 2007).
Griffiths grew up near Melbourne riding his mother’s home-bred Welsh ponies, did a university degree in geography and went travelling, taking a job with the New Zealand Olympic champion Blyth Tait. He has been based in the UK since 1995.
His best results came with Happy Times, winner of Saumur CCI3* in 2008 and third at Badminton and Burghley in 2009. They were on the Australian team at the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games™ and at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sam and his wife Lucy live on the Somerset/Dorset border and have a young son, Ollie.
Paulank Brockagh was bred in Ireland, on a hill called Brockagh, by Frank and Paula Cullen, after whom she is named. She is a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse by Touchdown out of a Triggerero mare, and finished 15th at Burghley last year.
Watch FEI TV’s review of the fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials here.
Final results at Badminton
1 Sam Griffiths/Paulank Brockagh (AUS) 46.3 + 17.6 + 4 = 67.9
2 Oliver Townend/Armada (GBR) 48.7 + 14.0 + 8 = 70.7
3 Harry Meade/Wild Lone (GBR) 51.0 + 16.4 + 4 = 71.4
4 Paul Tapner/Kilronan (AUS) 36.0 + 20.4 + 16 = 72.4
5 Pascal Leroy/Minos de Petra (FRA) 47.3 + 15.2 +10 = 72.5
6 Pippa Funnell/Billy Beware (GBR) 42.3 + 24.0 + 8 = 74.3
7 Tim Lips/Keyflow NOP (NED) 52.5 + 14.0 + 12 = 78.5
8 Ludwig Svennerstal/Alexander (SWE) 53.2 + 18.8 + 8 = 80.0
9 Tim Price/Ringwood Sky Boy (NZL) 50.0 + 11.6 + 19 = 80.6
10 Lara de Liedekerke/Ducati Van Den Overdam (BEL) 49.0 + 26.8 + 8 = 83.8
Full results on
FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 Leaderboard (after 4 of 6 events)
1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 30 points
2 Sam Griffiths (AUS) 15
3 Christopher Burton (AUS) 15
4 Oliver Townend (GBR) 12
5 Maxime Livio (FRA) 12
6 Lauren Kieffer (USA) 12
7 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 12
8 Phillip Dutton (USA) 11
9 Harry Meade (GBR) 10
10 Bruce Davidson jr (USA) 10
FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 calendar
1 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI 4* (FRA) - 23-27 October 2013
2 Australian International 3 Day Event (AUS) - 14-17 November 2013
3 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) - 23-27 April 2014
4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) - 8-11 May 2014
5 Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL Paket (GER) - 12-15 June 2014
6 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) - 4-7 September 2014
    [caption id="attachment_22705" align="aligncenter" width="531"]Sam Griffiths. Fooi de Kit Hougton / FEI Sam Griffiths. Foto  de Kit Hougthon / FEI[/caption]   NOTICIA S RELACIONADAS 10 de mayo.- POLÉMICA SERVIDA: el diseño del italiano Giuesppe Della Chiesa del cross de Badminton (6.469m para 11 24) hace que nadie lo haga en el tiempo óptimo. ¿Será un precedente para los JEM?. Va ganando el australiano Paul Tapner / KILRONAN a 5.2 puntos del neocelandés Tim Price / RINWOOD SKY BOY. VIDEOS 9 de mayo.- El estadounidense de 32 años Clark Montgomery / LOUGHAN GLEN (ISH 13 años Limmerik-Lancer-Landgraf / Cut de Mustard xx-Ninniski-Niijinky) gana la doma de Badminton con 33.3 puntos (77.78%). Conjunto el año pasado 3º en el CCI*** de Blenheim. VIDEO  

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